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Welcome To Boston

Written by John Bellah

The 113th IACP convention will run Oct. 14-18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston near Logan Airport. Boston is a historic city, and there is a wide variety of things to see and do while visiting. Boston is known as “the walking city,” with many areas of interest within walking distance of the downtown area.

Also, public transportation is excellent. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, MBTA, otherwise known as the “T,” is the nation’s fifth largest mass-transit system. This is a combination of buses, subways and water shuttles that serve Boston and its surrounding communities. This is an excellent public-transit system that will get people almost everywhere they need to go.

The Freedom Trail is a 3-mile trail that covers many sights of old Boston including The Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere’s House, The Old North Church, Merchant’s Exchange and the Bunker Hill Monument, to name a few of the historical sites. The Freedom Trail is run by the National Park Service and offers 90-minute guided tours. This is about a 5-minutes walk from the Government Center in the heart of Boston.

The USS Constitution or “Old Ironsides” is open Tuesdays through Sundays with guided tours every 30 minutes. This, too, is located near the heart of Boston and a 5-minute walk from the Government Center.

Copley Square, 100 Hunting Ave. in the Back Bay, is where the Boston Marathon ends. This shopping mall has about 100 stores and is near the Boston Public Library and several other famous buildings nearby. Faneuil Hall Market, located near the Freedom Walk and Government Center and also known as the Quincy Marketplace, has a wide variety of shopping with more than 100 shops, dining and entertainment.

Also near the Government Center at 84 Beacon St. is the original Cheers bar where the popular TV show was filmed between 1982 and 1993. Tourists are welcome to browse and buy souvenirs such as T-shirts, baseball caps, children’s clothing, and other show memorabilia from their store. They also have a Cheers bar at Faneuil Hall.

Another shopping “must” Filene’s Basement, located at 426 Washington St. at the Downtown Crossing. There is also a new store due to open at 501 Boylston St. Filene’s has been around for nearly 100 years and was one of the first discount merchandisers, selling both men’s and women’s apparel, home goods, and jewelry.

There are more than 100 colleges and university in the Boston metropolitan area, including Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. Many of these buildings, along with other Boston attractions, have unique and beautiful architecture—so bring your camera!

Dining and Entertainment

Boston is noted for its cultural activities and events, which included the Boston Opera House; the Cutler Majestic Theatre, located at Emerson College; the Wang Center for the Performing Arts; Schubert Theatre; and the Orpheum Theatre. Several Web sites show what is playing and how to obtain tickets. The best two are www.boston.com and www.newenglandusa.com.

J.j. Foley’s, is a popular bar located at 117 E. Berkeley in nearby Roxbury, near where Route 1 and I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) intersect. Recommended by members of Boston Police, J.j. Foley’s is a popular nightspot featuring “adult” beverages, and it has a jukebox for entertainment.

The north end of Boston offers numerous fine Italian restaurants for those who enjoy Italian dining. Boston’s Chinatown is located between South Station and Boston Common and offers a multitude of Asian restaurants. Keep two things in mind for dining: First, smoking is not allowed in Boston restaurants. Second, many restaurants that offer formal dining will refuse to serve people wearing bathing suits or shorts.

Golfers will appreciate that there are several major golf courses in and around Boston.

Boston weather in October has temperatures from a high of 62 deg F during the day to lows of 45 deg F in the evening. It rains in Boston, and occasionally snows during the fall, so keep that in mind and pack some warm-weather clothing. Boston can also experience “Indian summer” at that time of year, where the temperatures become unseasonably warm.

The Boston Police Department Headquarters is located at 1 Schroeder Plaza.

John Bellah is the technical editor of Police Fleet Manager and a corporal with the California State University, Long Beach Police. He can be reached at jbellah@csulb.edu.


Published in Law and Order, Sep 2006

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