There are also infrastructural roles that the Fens has fulfilled that span time periods.

One of the strongest of those roles is its being a marginal landscape where activities not condoned within the rest of the city could occur more easily and without strong retribution

Shown here is a Winslow Homer print showing the Fens as a 'recycling center.' Here some Bostonians rid themselves of unwanted materials while others gathered what they needed.
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