Back to the old house

Athenaeum Street, formerly Athenaeum StreetI had a long trip down memory lane last week. I went to a conference for two days last week which was held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, right on the river in Cambridge. It’s near the old offices of ZDNet, where I used to work, on Athenaeum Street, near the Cambridgeside Galleria and the old Lotus building.

It’s basically just about a half mile away from where I work now. I get off at the same T stop, and walk 7 minutes, just 7 minutes in the opposite direction. So I end up never seeing most of these areas; it’s an industrial area in East Cambridge, so there’s rarely any reason to go there unless you happen to work there.

But I spent a decent chunk of my twenties in those spaces. Terri and I used to use the gym at the Sonesta (ZDNet had an unbelieveable deal where we could get a membership for $180/year). I used to walk down the incredibly beautiful area along the river with the view of Boston and the Esplanade. I used to eat at Boca Grande probably 2 days out of the week.

So it was interesting to go back, let the memories come, and see what’s changed. I snapped some pictures.

  • Genzyme building, formerly a parking lot
    Genzyme building, formerly a parking lot
  • shiny building, formerly a quaint brick factory
    shiny building, formerly a quaint brick factory
  • goofy gehry-ish entrance to underground parking, formerly nothing
    goofy gehry-ish entrance to underground parking, formerly nothing