A peek into DPW’s Open House

I took my kids to the “Open House” hosted by Worcester’s DPW&P this past Saturday.  This is the first time we’ve been able to attend, and it was certainly bigger and more informative than I expected.  Here are a few images from the day:

I also had the unique experience of parking in the Garage Mahal behind Union Station for the first time.  (Let’s just say I’m glad I don’t have to park there every day.)

We then headed to CanalFest but — alas — I didn’t take any pictures there!

 

The Mire of Midland (or Newton Square Nuisance)

Just a stone’s throw from my alma mater, the flow of underground sewage takes a trip to the surface & through this temporary pumping station:There’s a definite fragrance in the air at this site, reminiscent of what you’ll smell on a short stretch of Route 20 in Millbury.

Access to Midland St. from Newton Avenue has also been blocked lately:

This is all part of a project that started months ago which Jeff has written about, and which has created havoc all along a very busy thoroughfare.

One assumes that this project is meant to move human waste from the West Side more efficiently.  Let’s hope that none of it winds up in Boston or swirls underground for a couple of years to make its way to downtown Worcester.

For those of you who have your party’s primary elections today, best wishes . . . and try to avoid Pleasant Street if at all possible.  Pleasant is quite unpleasant these days.

(Note: we took these pictures last week, but I would be interested in some more recent pictures of the Newton Square project.)

Bunker, sweet bunker

Not something you’d see from the front seat of a Worcester cab, but something a wandering Worcesterite might see in their travels to strange places like New Hampshire . . .

Years ago I used to travel with my husband to New Hampshire on a regular basis.  Near the Hannaford Supermarket on Coliseum Avenue in Nashua we often drove past this:

We took to calling it “the bunker”.  I’m not entirely sure what’s in there — perhaps some electrical equipment or plumbing for the apartment complex that’s located nearby.  There’s no access door/panel that I can see, however, so perhaps it can only be reached by secret tunnel.  Anyway, it looks like a comfy spot to weather a nuclear holocaust, and there’s a convenient hydrant nearby in case you spontaneously combust or something.