Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Shifty I?

I know I should not like grafitti - grafitti bad! Only vandals make grafitti!

But this was a rather artless concrete foundation before somebody added an eye-catching splash of color to it with a stencil and a spray can.

I've often found that grafitti can be at least as constructive as some public works of art can sometimes be destructive to the character of the neighborhood.

Popcorn and cigarettes! Yum!

These shiftless reprobates were snacking on leftovers outside the Silver Dollar Saloon on Mifflin Street during the noon hour.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I Never Had A Scooter

And with a price tag like that, I'm not surprised. This nifty keen-o scooter is for sale at Machinery Row Bicycles on Willy St.

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.