Tag Archives: 1973

SHADOWS OF THE COMBAT ZONE by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late 60s lower Washington Street was anointed Boston’s Combat Zone for sex and sin. Working-class drinking dives became go-go bars named the Naked I and Two O’Clock Lounge. Gay clubs like Jacques and The Other End flourished freely in the alleys. Porno theaters openly screened XXX-rated to enthralled men and the cops ceased […]

BURN CHELSEA BURN

In the early 1970s Chelsea, Massachusetts on the north bank of the Mystic River was a good example of a failed post-industrial city. The Expressway split the city in two and thousands of people had moved out of the working-class community throughout the 50s and 60s. The coffin was nailed shut on October 14, 1973, […]

October 10

In 2005 America celebrated Columbus Day. In 1492 the great navigator was two hundred miles from land. In 1973 Vice President Agnew was deposed as Nixon’s second for graft. He once said, “An intellectual is a man who doesn’t know how to park a bike.” I said, “Go fuck yourself.” Pseudo-intellectuals are not nattering nabobs […]

Old Friends Never Fade Away

combat zone, check cabs, strippers, boston

The Fire Of Rampant Consumerism

In October 1973 an industrial neighborhood in Chelsea, Massachusetts was burned to the ground after a row of chemical storage warehouses burst into flames. The fire could be seen from fifteen miles away in the Blue Hills, but that conflagration was nothing in comparison to the last week’s toxic waste fire at Ruihai Logistics in […]