Above: What used to be the Mother Brook, from the Hyde Park Avenue bridge.
Anybody know why the Mother Brook in Hyde Park is being diverted into three pipes from the Shaw's to the Neponset River? General de-mucking and wall repair, or are they looking for something (Jimmy Hoffa's body)?
Bonus fun fact: The brook is the oldest canal in North America, built in 1639 to power mills in Dedham (although the manmade part only went from the Charles to a point just on the other side of what is now Washington Street, where it connected to a Neponset tributary called East Brook).
Dedham chimes in: Brian on myDedham wonders if Dedham should try to enforce the 170-year-old court decision under which
at least up to one-third the Charles is supposed to be diverted into the brook; currently, it's only about a fourth.
Apology: To anybody who remembers when that song managed to top the charts. The river part popped into my head when I saw the brook bottom and now I can't get it out of my head and misery loves company, right?