It’s Off To Work We Go

Company Culture Posted May 10, 2019 by Doug De Orchis

Most would agree when I say that commuting to work seldom breaks into my “Top 5 Highlights of the Day” list. But with the weather warming up as we approach the summer months, I brought it upon myself to take a closer look at the paths that lead me to the office and to nearby sanctuaries where people take their work breaks.

While Boston is known for its ardent sports following and contempt for gridded roadways, I think non-residents overlook the harmony this old city has struck between urban living and nature. For CHEN PR’s location in Downtown Crossing, this balance is very well illustrated.

Taking the train from my house to Downtown Crossing in Boston, I arrive at South Station, a historic landmark in the city that was completed in 1899 at the cost of $3.6 million. While Bostonians can’t even afford a brownstone at that price nowadays, that was considered a substantial sum back then!

As soon as I walk out of South Station, I am immediately met with Dewey Square, a small spot of park land surrounded by the urban sprawl. This park is famous for the food trucks that appear during the summer, and the crowds it attracts like desert animals to a watering hole. But the park’s most unique feature is a 3-story mural painted on the side of the on-site building. The mural is repainted every spring by a new artist, and I was treated to the brand new 2019 mural this week. That inspiration puts a pep in my step as I finish my commute walking an arduous 3-block path to CHEN PR.

While my commute to work offers a glimpse of the urban/natural balance I spoke of, my lunch break takes me to a place that turns the volume up to 11: Boston Common and the Public Garden. Only a block away from CHEN PR, Boston Common is the oldest city park in America – dating back to 1634 – which predates the American Revolution almost 150 years. The Common’s purpose has changed over the years, but today it serves as a haven to its visitors – providing 50 acres for kids to play, dogs to run, and a temporary escape from a desk-bound work week.

Immediately adjacent to Boston Common is the Public Garden. Established in 1837, it was the very first botanical garden in America. While it’s only half the size of Boston Common, it is one of the most photographed parks in the city. The wide template of colors provided by the trees and the flowers paint a picturesque image – and consequently – provides the backdrop for many wedding shoots in the summer. Adding to its whimsical nature are the Swan boats – pedal-powered boats you can rent that float about in the pond and mimic the appearance of its namesake. Statues and other man-made artwork may be found across the garden, but the Equestrian Statue of George Washington, created by Thomas Ball and unveiled on July 3, 1869, is an iconic Boston symbol.

As I start my slow trek back into the city, I can’t help but feel as if I’m walking through time. As I get closer to the CHEN PR office, I start to notice historic houses, which give way to historic buildings and eventually the towering buildings where present-day business is done.

Being part of the team that eats, sleeps, and breathes high technology for a living, I have found Boston to be the ideal location for my career. This city is world-renowned as a leader in education and scientific advancement, but its history and natural preservation makes it the place I want to live and work in for years to come.