|Looks like a world-class subway station, doesn't it?|
|The bottom of the escalators.|
|Love the floor!|
|Yup, really pretty.|
|It's nice (this was the one on the inbound side), but how is anyone supposed to notice it?|
Ridership: As I said, it was pretty heavy when I went there on Martin Luther King Jr. day, which is technically a Saturday. I would assume this is a popular station for tourists, considering the station's name.
Pros: Having an entrance that goes right into the Prudential Center is nice, and good for tourists who don't know their way around. And the art is fantastic, it's just that it's hard to see, being both on the end of the platform and hung up near the ceiling.
Cons: Aesthetically, this station is terrible. Aside from the fairly grand entrance inside the Center, it gets worse and worse as you go further in. First there's the bland concrete, then you get to where the floor paint is chipping, and finally the ugly platform, with its numerous pipes and random ramps and escalators. Plus, it's an E Line station. Ugh.
Nearby and Noteworthy: I think it should be pretty obvious...
Final Verdict: 4/10
This is probably one of the ugliest MBTA stations I've ever been in. It lacks the strange charm that its sister station, Symphony, has (I don't know why I like that station, but I do), and it's just really ugly. I do like the art, although a) it's almost at the very end of the platform, and b) it's very high up. I do have to give the station credit, though, for having a convenient entrance right into the Prudential. Admittedly, that entrance is far too grand for a station like this, but it's still fantastic to have.
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