Life has resumed on the streets of Boston.
A year after three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, the city’s landscape bears few reminders of the explosions, or the ensuing manhunt for suspects that ended with the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown.
On Boylston Street, the chaos and pain of that day have been replaced by the regular routines of pedestrians and drivers. Businesses are open, including the Forum restaurant, badly damaged when one bomb exploded directly outside.
This week, barricades and a viewing stand are set up near the finish line for this year’s marathon, set for Monday.
Just down the street, Copley Square became home to a spontaneous memorial. The items, including running shoes and messages, were removed in June. Some are now on view in an exhibit across the street at the Boston Public Library.
A few days after the bombing, Tsarnaev eluded capture after a gunbattle with police. Residents of Boston and surrounding communities were told to stay indoors while police went house to house searching for him. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following the shootout with police.
Today, those neighborhoods are quiet again.
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