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Old October 27th, 2011, 03:47 AM   #101
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Old October 27th, 2011, 03:48 AM   #102
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Old October 27th, 2011, 03:50 AM   #103
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Old October 27th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #104
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Gloucester looks like a bohemian and artsy sort of place.

I imagine that people who move here - do so because it's cheaper to live here - and because of the access to sandy beaches and sea.

Incidentally, it reminds me of a town I used to live in called Stroud in Gloucestershire - except that was not by the sea, but in the southern Cotswolds. Gloucester, the city, was a about 7 miles away: the best thing about it is its magnificent cathedral - my favourite cathedral ( so far!).

Gloucester, compared with its nearby, regency, neighbour, Cheltenham - is, or was, a rather depressed, down at heel place - even though, of course, it has many pretty suburbs.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #105
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Openly Jane, you observation skills are top notch! Gloucester, MA has been an artist destination for over 150 years. Rocky Neck is a spit of land that juts into Gloucester Harbor and became an artist colony in 1850 until present. Many famed American artist have resided there. It claims to be America's oldest artist colony. I can imagine it was a 'starving artist' destination at one time. Artists are sprawled all over Gloucester and surrounding areas at this point. Gloucester has multiple personalities. It is a real working town filled with fishing boats, fisherman, etc. Many neighborhoods still have the no frills look of a working town & still possible to buy relatively inexpensive houses. But, that is part of the charm that attracts artists & weekenders. Since it is connected to Boston by commuter rail, there are commuters, as well. Another personality of the Gloucester area are the grand seaside mansions and exclusive shops, schools, restaurants, that accompany them.

I would love to see the original Gloucester and area that you have described!
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Old October 27th, 2011, 02:27 PM   #106
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Openly Jane, you observation skills are top notch! Gloucester, MA has been an artist destination for over 150 years. Rocky Neck is a spit of land that juts into Gloucester Harbor and became an artist colony in 1850 until present. Many famed American artist have resided there. It claims to be America's oldest artist colony. I can imagine it was a 'starving artist' destination at one time. Artists are sprawled all over Gloucester and surrounding areas at this point. Gloucester has multiple personalities. It is a real working town filled with fishing boats, fisherman, etc. Many neighborhoods still have the no frills look of a working town & still possible to buy relatively inexpensive houses. But, that is part of the charm that attracts artists & weekenders. Since it is connected to Boston by commuter rail, there are commuters, as well. Another personality of the Gloucester area are the grand seaside mansions and exclusive shops, schools, restaurants, that accompany them.

I would love to see the original Gloucester and area that you have described!

I have a thread called English counties: from the charming to the rugged - it is a work in progress - but there are images on it That I took recently in the Stroud Valleys area of Gloucestershire.

The town of Stroud, itself ,sounds to have the same mixed demographic that you talk about in Gloucester MA: working class, artists, hippies, second home-owners, London celebrities....
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Old October 27th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #107
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Jane, thanks for the nudge towards your county thread. Beautiful!
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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:53 PM   #108
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Today, I will add some pictures of Roxbury, a neighborhood in the city of Boston.

Roxbury was founded in 1630 by British colonists and became the center of Boston's African-American community in the 1940s & 1950s. Roxbuy has a reputation as rough, but I found it to be comfortable & pleasant when I visited for these pictures. I have been told that I missed the worst parts of Roxbury and the sections I did see have experienced some gentrification.

Like most places I visit, I found myself wanting to live there. It is an area filled with history, architecture & natural beauty.

Roxbury Crossing T Station - Orange Line:
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The following pictures are from the gorgeous Fort Hill area of Roxbury & nearby:
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A view from Fort Hill park:
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I want to live in this row:
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The stone seen all over this park and neighborhood is called Roxbury Puddingstone.

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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:54 PM   #109
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I love the rich colors. Being from an all-brick city, I enjoy the patina of houses in different stages of needing paint. Yes, I know I am strange:
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Fort Hill Tower & park is peaceful & beautiful. This tower , built in 1869, modernized the water system in Roxbury back in the day.
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This is a neighborhood of gardens, history, art & kitties. All big draws for me.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:55 PM   #110
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Reminds me of St. Louis:
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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:58 PM   #112
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More Roxbury:

It appears that everything around this square is being renovated. I think it is named Alvah Kittredge Square. The Alvah Kittredge mansion is the columned, Greek Revival building shown below. I couldn't get a good pic of it. The mansion was built in 1836.

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Now we move onto Eliot Square, which I think was the original town center of Roxbury:
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Somebody owes the library late fees!
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First Church Roxbury - Unitarian Universalist. Current building from 1804. This building is the 5th meetinghouse on this location since 1632.
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Putnam Chapel, attached to First Church, built in 1878.
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Spooner-Lambert House - circa 1782:
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Now we move on to Dudley Square, which appears to be a 'downtown' for this area of Roxbury. It is a major transportion hub. Dudley Station is a terminal for countless city bus lines & terminus for the MBTA's Silver Line (BRT).

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I love the way the building is shaped to curve the street. I hope it can be restored as it is beautiful & pleasing to the streetscape.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #115
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Great pictures. I love the intimacy of the domestic and architectural detail. Very colourful homes; and I love the hilly streets too.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 06:31 PM   #116
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You are showing us some lovely neighborhoods!

Boston, and other New England towns have a lot of charm.
I think you can see that the early settlers put a lot of effort in building their new home .
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Old October 28th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #117
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Boston, and other New England towns have a lot of charm.
I think you can see that the early settlers put a lot of effort in building their new home .
^I think that is true-thanks for the comment!

@Openly Jane - thanks for following my thread.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #118
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Great updates! I really need to get to New England!
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Old October 28th, 2011, 09:47 PM   #119
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Wow! What a tour through one of the United States' finest cities. I would love to visit this town (at least) once in my lifetime. See Boston and die...

I like that waterfront neighbourhood. Seems a relaxed place to live.
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Expat, i see you are spoiling the people over here on SSC! I enjoyed all of them the second time around!

your friend, a native Melrosian from SSP ;-)
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