The roads and streets in the City of Boston, Massachusetts are laid out in a most haphazard pattern in various areas that confuses visiting drivers and even some area residents; the streets have long been plagued by traffic jams. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in 1860: “We say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors.”
The reality of the situation is the City’s origins go back to 1630 when English settlers began to lay out the street patterns. In time the center of Boston was made up of a series of early neighborhoods with streets laid out in grid patterns, although where the roads of one area meet those of another, the result was a jumbled series of connecting thoroughfares.
Today’s feature image by photographer Arthur Griffin was taken in the late-1930s from above Dock Square (near the waterfront) gives a partial view of some of the spot and its odd traffic patterns at the time. The Square is adjacent to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace and a public meeting hall constructed in the early 1740s and opened in 1743.
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