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.