Since the release of Streetcar Tracks in June of 2013, I have written multiple articles about Boston Transit history topics that I have grown interested in or that I feel deserve further explanation than I gave them in Streetcar Tracks. Navigate through the articles I have written using the drop-down menu in the navigation pane above or by scrolling through the "Articles" page below:
The Building—and Cancellation—of Boston's Rapid Transit Extensions (May 2014): A page that explores how Boston's rapid transit links were planned and built over time, including some links that were planned but never came to fruition.
Trolley Types of Boston (March 2014): A page that covers the various types of trolleys that have run along Boston's streets over the years.
How A Streetcar Works (March 2014): A page that explains how a streetcar's mechanical and electrical components work.
On and Along the Grand Junction Railroad (February 2014): An analysis of the history of Boston's Grand Junction freight railroad corridor, which extends from Cambridge to East Boston through Somerville and Chelsea, and of how the corridor is being repurposed for newly relevant functions as popular demands in the area around the railroad continue to evolve.
Dorchester's Blue Hill Avenue (January 2014): A description of how significantly transit influenced the development of the area surrounding Dorchester's Blue Hill Avenue and how the Avenue has changed over time in response to transit and socioeconomic trends in Boston.
Urban Renewal in Boston: Articles focusing upon urban renewal projects planned and undertaken, whether or not as originally intended, in Boston over the years and what mark the projects have left upon the city. Articles include:
Streetcar Remnants: Articles focusing upon what factors contributed to the almost-complete end of streetcar service in Boston and what remains of Boston's former streetcar lines today. Articles include:
Transit-Oriented Development: Articles focusing upon how streetcars were catalysts of the development of much of the city of Boston. Articles include:
Transit Hubs of Boston: A series focusing upon areas of Boston that at were once, and in many cases still are, significant centers of public transportation in Boston, and how the areas have changed over time particularly in response to changing transit trends. Completed articles I have written thus far are:
In Process/Partially Published: