The view from atop Florence Street has dramatically changed

The view from then top of Florence Street today. (Photo by Joe Resnek)

By Josh Resnek

Many, many a time drivers traversing from one side of the city to the other take Florence Street to cut a path to Chelsea Street.

When you hit the top of the rise heading toward Chelsea Street, for many, many years, there was an unobstructed view of the Tobin Bridge and a wildfire around the city and bit of the Boston skyline.

No more.

All the new construction has altered the views.

In fact, the bridge and Boston skyline views no longer exist from Florence Street. That view has been obliterated.

It has been replaced by the proliferation of massive apartment house developments that have altered the landscape and what we can see from afar.

On the one hand, the new apartment housing looks pretty upscale and vibrant – a sure sign the city is changing.

In its sheer mass spread across a wide expanse it even has a special kind of appeal.

However, the view of the Boston skyline is obscured by the new apartment housing.

Does it matter?

Probably not very much.

Florence Street residents still have the park to look out upon – a wide open empty space that is appealing to Everett residents crowded into such a small city space.

A decade ago, it would have been impossible to imagine so great change to the view from Florence Street.

Today, we see it as a sign of the times. Indeed, the times they are a changing.

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