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f you ever doubted that Boston is the center of the universe, go to Summer Street near the corner of Washington Street and look down. That’s where you’ll find a bronze medallion in the sidewalk commemorating the comment by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1858 that Boston was “the hub of the solar system.” Take that, New York. Marcus
Fact is, Oliver Wendell Holmes was being satirical when he called Boston the hub of the solar system, pointing out that Londoners and Parisians also considered themselves to be at the universe’s center. Then again, he was comparing Boston with London and Paris, at the time the capitals of empires. …
The Hub of the Universe
6 Summer St. at Washington Street, Downtown Crossing
Boston, MA, 02110
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