Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Gates of Ponta Delgada......Boulevard















For over a year I've watched as a vacant lot, a filled in former crab pond, became a landmark.

When I first learned that the city of Ponta Delgada, located in Azores, had gifted to Fall River these beautiful gates, replicas of the gates that welcomes visitors to that city, I didn't understand why we would place them on this vacant lot. It seemed that that certainly there must be a place where these gates would be better appreciated, but then I learned that the site is the intended home of a Fall River train station. If and when the state ever delivers on its promise of rail service to Fall River, these gates will welcome visitors here.

Now that the gates are completed and the landscaping completed and the dedication has taken place, I have to say they really are quite breathtaking. When rail service finally makes its way down here to Fall River and people step of that platform it will be a fine welcome indeed.

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