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The Boston Taxpayers' Other Green Monster.
By taxpayer Sean who dwells on the landmass called Marblehead.
Every time I head south to the landmass called Boston, as the skyline comes into view and there is one span of ocean water separating me from the Massachusett taxpayers' historic yet modernized hometown capital, I shake my head with disgust - not for the city itself but rather for the corroded, flaking, ugly, hulking structure known as the Tobin Bridge, over which I must pass while driving in my auto.
I hear stories of billions upon billions of the taxpayers' US Federal Reserve Note fiat currency units being spent by the agents on the myriad of infrastructure revitalization and modernization projects known collectively as the "Big Dig" and I think to myself, "Didn't the agents have any money left over to paint this hideous beast?"
Enjoy miles of scenic, riverside walk-ways along the banks of the Mystic river. The Tobin bridge is a dramatic backdrop to the river views (hit the page and scroll down to the photos two up from the bottom).
While watching the television program Discovery Channel one night, I saw
The Taxpayers' Bridge featured as one of the 10 most spectacular bridges on the planet, primarily due its novelty as a broad asymmetrical suspension bridge. The only way the Tobin would be on a show is if the show was called "The World's Most Ugly and Deteriorated Taxpayer Structures."
One is not inspired with confidence when crossing over the water via this rusted and corroding rotting-pea-green bridge infested with increasingly visible advancing brown rust that has overtaken every visible section of its apparently aging steel. It may be strong and safe, but it doesn't look strong and safe.
Every time I traverse, in my auto, this ugliest stretch of road on the landmass called Massachusetts, I wish the agents would take my three US Federal Reserve Note fiat currency units toll fare and use 100 percent of it to just buy paint. It's not much, but it would add up over time. Or maybe take every taxpayers' toll currency units for one day and buy just paint. I don't care if its pea-green paint. But buy some paint and find some willing brave agents to go out there and slap a fresh coat on that thing.
Certain key agents must have forgotten that appearance matters. The Boston taxpayers' gateway to the north via the Tobin Bridge is like an angel-food wedding cake with a little scoop of dog poop on top - all that time, effort, and money invested over the last two decades in the taxpayer-works projects that updated Boston for the 21st century seem somehow diminished by what must be passed in getting to the good stuff.
This may not affect those who enter the city from the south or the west, but coming into the city from the North Shore need not be a nose-pinching, finger-crossing and disappointing experience. I would be very surprised to learn that the Tobin Bridge has been painted in my lifetime. The time for doing a little routine maintenance on this piece of aging taxpayer infrastructure is past due. It may not be as glamorous as designing and constructing an engineering marvel such as The Taxpayers' Bridge, but the agents should not totally neglect the Tobin Bridge anymore. One Green Monster on the landmass called Boston is plenty (hit the page and scroll down one).
Peace Bridge Expansion Project for the Taxpayers: Arch or Cable-stayed?
The engineering firm that Christian Menn, designer of the The cable-stayed Taxpayers' Bridge for the Boston taxpayers, is a part of, might ultimately be a sub-contractor to the engineering firm that might win the contract for the companion to or replacement of the Peace bridge which connects the landmass called Buffalo to the landmass called Ft. Erie. Christian's firm has proposed a Cable-stayed design.
To see all the submitted designs, which currently seem to all be either of the cable-stayed or rigid-frame-arch variety, go here:
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Call Me Marge.
The bright, revealing self portraits of Magaret McCann depicting her busy mind catch you and keep you - in many, the curls of her hair hold everything from
The Taxpayers' Bridge to Bettie Page. In others, she is living in the styles and subjects of artists from Robert Crumb to Frida Kahlo.
"Call Me Marge," 48" x 24", oil on
canvas by Margaret McCann.
Christian with Spiro
Nick Thorkelson Cartoon
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