I bet you thought urban turkeys were just for Brookline and Cambridge, didn’t you? Wrong again, folks. Beacon Hill just had it’s first turkey sighting since, oh, 1800 or so. And while the NPR story paints a pretty grim picture, a few swats with a rolled-up copy of The Beacon Hill Times will send an aggressive tom running for better foliage and lower rents.
While many view it as a hassle, I think the return of the wild turkey to Beacon Hill highlights some of the neighborhood’s most flattering aspects. As the poor bird that got spattered across Route 9 demonstrates, traffic and turkeys don’t mix. Only on quiet, lightly trafficked roads – like those that surround 69 Pinckney Street – could a turkey be expected to survive.
Secondly, it speaks well to the cleanliness of the neighborhood. It should be plenty obvious that Beacon Hill residents are fastidiously, almost obsessively, tidy, what with with all those little dogs walking around, but no little dog – treats, shall we say – left behind to mark their presence. 25-pound birds make 25-pound messes, but no matter how deep into the garden level you get, you won’t find any of them here.
But the real important thing here, as the old real estate saying goes, is location, location, location. It’s no big deal to have clean streets and light traffic in Hopkinton or Westford. But five minute walk from Fanueil Hall? Or the Charles River Esplanade? Or Massachusets General Hospital? The quiet of the country and the convenience of the city are why even the tiniest studios in Beacon Hill fetch nearly $800 per square foot.