Sunday, July 16, 2006

Machinery Row's signature turret, on the corner where Williamson Street, John Nolan Drive, Wilson Street and Blair Street converge. The turret was once used by city police as a mortar nest, from which they bombarded traffic jams with six-inch shells to keep rush hour moving, a practice they ended when motorists began to return fire with scatter guns and Molotov cocktails. The craters in the streets have long since been filled in, but on a very humid day you can still catch a faint whiff of cordite in the air.

Back in reality, I have no idea why the building with the bike shop in it has a turret on the corner. I assume it was a machine shop way back when; it has the look of a heavy-duty building of commerce that's been refitted for more genteel pursuits.

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