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were leaving the city's cramped and filthy downtown neighborhoods. Merchants were exploring waterfronts beyond Boston's crowded inner harbor to locate their operations. All eyes were on EB. The EBC's plan promoted beauty, order, and harmony. It called for a separation of residential and commercial spaces; upscale residential areas were clustered in the hills — Eagle Hill and Jeffries Point — while commercial activities were located near the waterfront. Streets orga- nized in an orderly grid connected several quaint squares that provided residents with open space. This plan prompted the building of infrastructure that would entice wealthy residents, merchants, shipbuilders, and other industries to EB. New piers made it possible for ships to deliver freight and passengers directly into EB. Eastern Railroad's terminal, located steps from the piers, enabled passengers and goods to travel up and down the coast. Warehouses lining nearby streets stored merchandise entering or exit- ing the country, and hotels served passengers traveling by ship and train. Regular ferry service connected EB and downtown Boston. In addition to promoting commerce, these ferries provided a source of fresh air for children suffering from asthma or whooping cough and for anyone needing to cool off on a hot summer day. Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina (BHS&M), 256 Marginal Street This gritty industrial shipyard is a fine place to start exploring. It's a reminder of EB's past, when it was the center of New England's rapidly growing clipper ship industry. Donald McKay, a young master ship designer and builder, became famous for these fast and beautiful boats that were distinguishable by their three masts, square rig, and numerous sails. McKay built 30 clipper ships in all including some of America's fin- est. His Flying Cloud set the record for the fastest trip along the "Golden B e t h F u r m a n A statue memorializes Donald McKay, famous for building some of America's finest clipper ships. Getting to East Boston It's easy to get to EB. You can arrive by car, train, bus, or water taxi. The MBTA Blue Line links EB with downtown Boston via the East Boston Tunnel, the first North American subway to run beneath a body of water. The tunnel was originally designed for streetcars; when rapid transit came to town, it proved too narrow for standard train cars. Rather than enlarge the tunnel, they made smaller train cars designed exclusively for the MBTA Blue Line which are still in use today. It's also great fun to arrive by boat. East Boston-bound water taxis can be picked up at docks all along waterfront from the Seaport to Charlestown. All water taxis stop at Logan and at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, where explorations begin; only selected water taxis service East Pier for access to Piers Park and the East Boston Greenway. This June the Institute for Contemporary Art expands is presence to include both the Seaport District and East Boston. A complimentary shuttle will transport museum goers across the Harbor in both directions. 176 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 excursions "a fine place to start exploring"

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