Odds & Ends
Transformations: Logan International Airport is built almost entirely on top of land that, before a landfill project, used to be Boston Harbor. Before a landfill project started in 1857, the Back Bay area of Boston was also a 570 acre body of water. The Big Dig, completed in 2007 after almost twenty years of construction, created about 80 miles of underground lanes within a 7.5-mile corridor. The Fleet Center (now called the TD Garden) was built 9 inches from the old Boston Garden, so the legendaryclassic arenastructure had to be demolished brick-by-brick.
College Town: If you don't include college students, only about 600,000 people reside in Boston. In addition to thatAbout 250,000 college students study live in Boston. More than 18 million people visit Boston every year. Nearly 70 percent of housing units in Boston are occupied by renters rather than owners.
Things to Boast About: RedSox Nation; New England Patriots; the John Hancock Tower with 13 acres of glass; the famous "Citgo" sign in Kenmore Square with its five miles of neon tubing; the Ted Williams Tunnel, which at 90 feet below the surface, is the deepest in North America ; and despite its college population, only 34 of Boston's 840 restaurants serve fast food (hard to believe??).
And the Quirky: From 1659 to 1681, it was against the law to celebrate Christmas in Boston because the pilgrims thought it was debauched. And, last but not least, Later, Alexander Graham Bell made the very first phone call in history from his Boston machine shop to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, who was down the hall!