We’re live blogging the pregame atmosphere at the Banshee before US and Ghana. Click below the jump for your rolling updates.
I’d hate to be the guy who has to tell New Balance.
UPDATE: UH’s Adam Gaffin reminds me in the comments that NB is still getting its own stop, thanks to its investment. Given where the stop was meant to be, I think my comment of snark may have to be directed at the bars at the end of Harvard Ave.
Last spring, the Red Sox made the acquisition of a parking garage across Lansdowne and there was some intrigue on a lot of levels. Most of them positive about what the Sox could do with the land – build a high rise that peered over the Monster, perhaps? – but there was one more question: the garage is also the backing for the Stop Handgun Violence sign that has been extremely prominent on the stretch of the Pike by the park for almost 20 years.
A story in the Globe this morning quotes the head of the non-profit and owner of the billboard, who notes that he will have to take down the billboard and, if he can’t find a cheap option, it may cease to exist. There aren’t many places as high traffic – both pedestrian and vehicle – and as the conversation and cause are worthy and necessary to have in this day and age, it’d be a shame if there wasn’t a way for SHV to keep Boston in the heart of that discourse.
A history of the different billboards since 1995 can be seen at SHV’s Facebook page. Hopefully they find a place that is just as prominent to continue to promote its cause and this important conversation.
Boston’s come a long way since one of the early articles on this site from yours truly lamented that lack of country within 128. We’re now almost overdoing it: the summer will mark basically a full country takeover of Fenway and Lansdowne: Loretta’s Last Call open will likely be in time for both Zac Brown at Fenway and WKLB’s street fest. [H/t UH]