When I moved to Boston, I expected the ocean to be a little more accessible then it is. I kind of thought it would be a bit more like Chicago, with the long straight sweeping shoreline. But really we're quite set back from the ocean, in fact, that is why we were placed here. By the time they built Chicago no one was worried about siege warfare, and you didn't need a city wall like you did when Boston was built.
The Harbour Islands are a whole big group of islands that shelter the harbour. There are a bunch of forts and lighthouses and wild-berry-picken and the like. You can even camp out there (how often can you camp in such an urban setting?) We went to Georges Island, which has a big old fort on it that used to be part of the chain of forts that protected the coast against the big bad British. In the civil war they kept southern prisoners of war there and in World Wars I & II they managed the mining of the harbour from there.
Zakcq Lockrem is a Master of Urban Planning Candidate specializing in the history and theory of planning and international planning at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has a B.S. in Urban Affairs from Boston University. He is an urban planner and advocate engaged in research on the reification of identity, the insurgent and everyday practices of urbanism and on alternative transportation and the design of public places. Zakcq also works as a bicycle planning consultant and has contributed to projects in Mexico and around New England.