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Bostonians were storrowing long before Storrow Drive was even built

Storrowing in Roxbury in 1906

The folks at the Boston City Archives found an example of storrowing roughly 45 years before Storrow Drive was built: A cart driver who storrowed on trolley wires under the Washington Street el at Guild Street in Roxbury at 11:45 a.m. on May 12, 1906.

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This looks like it was before it was finished.

I just can't imagine walking on Boston streets in 1906. no cross walks, no lights, just people criss crossing the road. People just playing frogger, except its street cars, cars or even horse draw carriages.

What a mess. And I am assuming its even worse than depicted in movies & tv. Just chaos.

and we're complaining about bus lanes, traffic, and cars. At least we have some sense of order....

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The elevated line between Dudley and Forest Hills opened in 1909, so, yes, the photo is before this section of the line was finished.

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There are some amazing scenes of traffic, trains, cars, horses, children etc all trying to get from A to B without dying in the 1939 film The City (with Aaron Copeland original score). Very hectic and treacherous.

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...crossing the average city street was NOT one of them. The current time is the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian. Period.

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Don't make statements like that unless you can back them up. If you can't, its opinion.

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Far far fewer people owned cars at the time. The Model T hadn't even come out in 1906. Walking in the street would have most been comparable to the pedestrian streets at Downtown Crossing (which do have occasional car traffic).

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In 1906 most of the vehicles traveled much more slowly than today. A typical horse-drawn carriage was probably going around 10-15 mph and there really weren't a lot of cars. The cars weren't all that fast anyway; top speed for the Model A was about 30 mph and the Model T wasn't introduced until 1909. Plus you weren't going to drive all that fast on rough cobbled streets. Streetcars weren't going to go much faster than the rest of traffic.

So the game of frogger versus vehicles going 15 mph was quite a bit different than going up against cars/trucks/buses going 30-35 mph.

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One memorable non-Storrow storrowing took place quite recently, in 2017, but it was prepared in the distant past. Newport Arch was built by the Romans around 200 AD, and lay in wait for its victim for 1800 years.

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/video-lorry-gets-stuck-ancient-rom...

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Say "gild" street and we know you are still getting acclimated. Say "g-eye-ld" street to get your shibboleth right.

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Why can't these big horsecarts stay off city streets which weren't designed for them? They should be required to transfer their goods to smaller horsecarts at parking lots out along Route 128.

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