1. Boston's South End Neighborhood


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    Boston's South End neighborhood lies just south of the Back Bay and northwest of South Boston. Despite its name, it is not directly south of the center of downtown Boston. Built upon a former tidal marsh, the South End was filled and developed from the 1830s to the 1870s, even before Back Bay, which was mostly built after the American Civil War. The Boston and Providence Railroad once ran through the South End, and most of the cross streets in the neighborhood are named after cities and towns served by the railroad… Greenwich, Newton, Canton, Dedham, Brookline, Rutland, Concord, Worcester, Springfield, Camden, Plympton, Stoughton, Waltham, Dover, Chatham and Wareham. Until the 1950s, the South End was a jazz mecca, with numerous jazz clubs scattered throughout the neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood is one of Boston's most diverse, integrating people of nearly every race, religion and sexual orientation. The recent influx of families with young children has become a growing and important facet of this community, and is complimented by a myriad of parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the neighborhood. Theatre and art galleries are flourishing in South End. The Cyclorama, The Boston Center for the Arts, the Boston Ballet, numerous theatre companies and the new Calderwood Pavillion - the first new theatre built in Boston in 80 years, along with the live music venues such as the Beehive make Tremont Street a lively area in the evenings. The South End is one of Boston's main restaurant districts. Tremont Street, often referred to as "restaurant row" offes a diverse mix of cuisines from bargain priced pizza joints to numerous high end chef owned restaurants. From French, Ethiopian, Brazilian, Indian, Korean, Tapas, Greek, Cuban and Middle Eastern, there is something here for everyone. Outdoor cafes abound for alfresco dining and great people watching. A series of 11 residential parks are located across the South End, and most are oval in shape with passive use green space located in the center. They take inspiration from the English inspired residential squares. Many of these squares have a central fountain and surrounded by cast iron fencing. These 11 parks are complimented by a series of 16 community gardens and pocket parks. Peters Park is dog central, the first city sanctioned "off leash" dog park. With 13,000 square feet, it's one of the areas cleanest and most beautiful dog parks. Though housing is relatively expensive by US standards, it remains less expensive than the wealthiest central Boston neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay. The South End has many churches of architectural note, including the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the largest such cathedral in New England. Mostly built of mid-nineteenth century bowfronts - aesthetically uniform rows of 5 story, predominantly red brick structures of mixed residential and commercial use. The most common styles are Renaissance Revival, Italianate and French Second Empire, though there are Greek Revival, Egyptian Revival, Gothic Revival and Queen Ann style houses, among several other styles. Row houses built in the last quarter of the 19th century are quite common along the Southwest Corridor Park. The common palettes of red brick, slate, limestone or granite trim, and cast iron railings provide great visual unity. The South End is North America's largest existing Victorian residential district, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Newer doorman developments have emerged in recent years, along with numerous loft conversions, converted police stations, churches and former bank buildings - all now luxury condominium buildings. A growing retail presence can be found along Tremont Street and the newly developed Washington Street, the former home of the Washington Street Elevated railway, torn down in 1987. From handmade gifts to home furnishings, to clothing, specialty foods, cheese shops to high end dog boutiques, there is a plethora of retail shopping for every taste, mostly independently owned and operated. SoWa (South of Washington) is a strip of blocks where you'll find Boston's emerging artists. Artist's studios abound and many are open to the public on the first Friday of each week all summer. The South End Open Market takes place every Sunday during the warmer months and is Boston's version of London's Portobello market… vintage clothes sellers, young fashion and jewelry designers rubbing elbows with cheese makers and antique dealers. It changes every week! A Farmer's Market is also held on Sundays from May to October. Numerous public transportation options are available in the South End, which is erviced by the Silver Line and the Orange Line, as well as the Commuter Rail.

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    • Public Works v. Blizzard of 2013


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      How did Boston keep the roads open during the blizzard of 2013? A small army of plows.

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      • Equal or Better: The Story of The Silver Line


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        Trailer for the documentary on Boston's only bus rapid transit system. The film explores the removal of the elevated train line from a minority community and the 15 year process that led to the creation of the Silver Line.

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        • Magellan Idea Center


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          Promotional video for this great space located in Charlotte. The Magellan Idea Center is located in a restored circa 1893 textile mill in the heart of SouthEnd, Charlotte’s design district. It’s the ideal setting for a unique experience and a refreshing alternative to typical meeting facilities.

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          • Culture Tap


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            Culture Tap is a series of interactive kiosks which celebrate Boston's culture and history, activated by a Charlie Card. They integrate oral histories, environmental lighting, and data collection for a holistic approach to placemaking, quantitative metrics, and local Boston pride. Since each Charlie Card has a unique RFID number, different cards play different stories and activate different lighting combinations at each kiosk. Stories by Day : Swiping a Charlie Card during daylight hours plays a short audio clip of a story relevant to the locality - a historical anecdote, a tale of a man who met his wife at the nearby bus stop, or any number of other stories depending on the specific RFID number. Lights By Night : After sunset a Charlie Card swipe activates environmental lighting near the kiosk, which may illuminate the surrounding architecture, foliage, or sidewalk. Swipes with different Cards change the target or the color of the lights, depending on the specific RFID number. The User Perspective We believe people are intrinsically curious about their surroundings and history. Researching these aspects of culture via smartphone or other such portal is too slow, too impersonal, and too isolating. Culture Tap is immediate: a Charlie Card and will instantly give you a satisfying and unusual anecdote or factoid. Culture Tap is accessible: anyone can obtain a Charlie Card for free, most locals carry them all the time, and activating the kiosk costs nothing. Culture Tap offers social engagement: you can hear different stories and see more lights if you travel with a buddy, or even ask a friendly stranger to tap their card for you. People can hear about and change their surroundings, and interact with other people to get a rich tapestry of culture – all with the swipe of a card. The Business / City Perspective Collecting data from each Charlie Card interaction builds a quantitative view of street-level pedestrian flow and participation. Such data are useful to community business owners, transportation networks, sociologists, and new media artists. Quantitative information about site use drives future developments. This project provides such information. Detailed Technology Culture Tap kiosks are powered by a micro-controller called the Rascal. This micro-controller is an 'internet ready' combination of two other popular micro-controllers, the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. When connected to the internet via an ethernet cable, the Rascal acts as a web server that can be accessed from anywhere, using any standard web browser. This means a user can securely log in and change settings or upload new stories with ease, remotely. The Rascal is also the brains behind the data logging and metrics, and has an onboard memory of 4 gigabytes. The Rascal runs on a Linux operating system and can be programed through a web interface using the Python and Javascript languages. This installation of Culture Tap was created for the 2013 Temporary Public Art Residency Program at the Boston Center For the Arts. Funding for this installation was made possible through the generous support of Eastern Bank, Brewery Ommegang, the Boston Cultural Council and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, with special thanks to the Boston Art Commission.

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            • Art Hop From Above


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              VCAM took the DJI Quadcopter and GoPro out for a spin early in the evening of Art Hop-Friday 2013. Here are the results.

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              • Kyle Young - Core


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                Grab it on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thekyleyoung/core Official Music Video Starring: Jasmin Agosto Beat produced by: Keith Wilson Everything I do I just let my mind go Let my mind go as I'm set to find hope Everything I do I just let my mind go let my mind go as I'm set to find hope set to find gold like I play for san fran rebel cyclone yes the game is set fam make a threat damn, I will make ya head slam take a bet fam, you gon need a bed pan imma fuck ya wife while you bang ya best man imma take a knife and leave the place with red hands I'm guilty filthy richer than Nuttella so feel me real G, there isn't any better kill spree chill breeze its ending niggas weather hit a spliff and gettin cheddar with a bitch expensive leather privileged bitches cinderella givin' pussy lips to fellas niggas swear they Mayweathers, 16's resemble feathers everything I do I just let my mind go let my mind go and I'm settled by smoke cuz im nasty, flashy, doper than a crack binge I smoke os and poke hoes with my rap friends I've thrown bows and broken noses of my whack friends I'm rollin over all your toes inside this black benz uh what the fuck the actors want from me swagga jackin rappers give back what you robbed from me international, launched from a lost city nigga call diddy, tell him I'm the small biggie Super Nova shit, focus on the tall slimmy I am the champ, they don't blog these things honestly this just in, it's a wrap if you don't rock with me everything i do I just let my mind glow.

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                • Katie & Matt | A Four Seasons Boston Wedding by Long Haul Films - Best of Boston 2013


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                  Katie & Matt were married at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and the Four Seasons in Boston. Big thanks go out to the wonderful team at Four Seasons Boston, planner and designer Lynne Johnson from The Inviting Company (http://www.invitingcompany.com/), photographers, Marina and E from Life Fusion Photography (http://www.lifefusion.com/) and the incomparable band Soho (http://www.nightshiftent.com/#/bands) who are soooooooo good and so much fun to hang around with, too. Songs are "Fire is Alive" by Gin House and "Beautiful" by Ben Rector licensed from The Music Bed.

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                  • Dr. Schoolmeester of Mixed Pet Veterinary Hospital


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                    Dr. Ken Schoolmeester of Mixed Pet Animal Hospital shows us how to correctly clean your pets ears.

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                    • BFIT - Real Life Ready


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                      Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (est. 1908) is one of New England's oldest colleges of engineering and industrial technologies, started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin and a gift from Andrew Carnegie. Our goal is to create a career path by developing a learning environment, through industry partnerships, shared resources, and effective classroom and laboratory practices, which sets the standard for a job-oriented technical education, at both the associate and bachelor degree level. The College attracts a diverse student body, racially, ethnically and economically. Because our student body has unique needs, we offer a "hi-tech, high-touch" approach, caring for each student as a whole, as we create the personalized learning environment which every student needs. Because of our emphasis on student success, we provide comprehensive academic and financial support to our students, leading to a high rate of graduation and gainful employment thereafter.

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