Boston's New Landmark Is a Dwindling Mountain of Garbage and Snow

It's the middle of July. Still snowy.

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As the rest of the country sweats through the hundred-plus heat in the dead of summer, Boston is still hanging on to a little bit of winter that just won’t quit.

Despite current thermometer-busting July temperatures, a garbage-strewn mound of dirt and snow on Tide street in the city’s Seaport district still remains as it slowly melts away.

This particular snow/garbage mound was once a mighty, 75-foot-high mountain of frost, but is now a pitiful remnant of the 11 “snow farms” set up by the city during its record-setting winter season, which saw 110.6 inches of snow dropped everywhere from Fenway to Faneuil Hall.

What is left now was preserved by constantly packed debris brought by plows that cleared the city’s roads of its towering 6-foot-tall snowbanks months ago. The garbage insulation and the fact that the city had an unseasonable lack of rain in the spring all made sure the cocktail of ice, trash, and sludge gradually stuck around. Its literal scrappy resilience has made it a kind of landmark for the proud denizens of the Massachusetts capital.

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