Greetings From Boston
By Steve Soto
Woburn, MA--After a day of crowded flights, I just arrived here in the Boston area about an hour ago. Although I won't get my first look at the convention and the people until tomorrow morning, some things are apparent already.
In our post-9/11 world, you can already see and feel the changes back here. I-93, one of the major north-south arteries through town, will actually be closed in the city between 4 PM-1 AM every night during the convention, I presume largely due to security reasons and partially due to the usual construction-related bottlenecks. Commuters and visitors are unable to take the commuter trains from the northern neighborhoods to downtown this week, as they are not running trains directly to North Station, which is the stop next to the convention site at Fleet Center. Instead, they are making commuters board buses at the suburbs north of town and busing them into town to a station away from the site.
Imagine how San Francisco would be impacted if I-80 and US 101 were closed to inbound traffic for a workweek and BART was shut down and replaced with buses.
Regardless, it is good to be back here and witnessing this, so I will report in tomorrow with more of what I see and hear.