Boston will be largely open for business on Tuesday, but so much will be different, as a wounded city awakens to higher security and heightened vigilance following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Heavily armed police will be out in force. Bags will be searched on the MBTA. And the area around Copley Square will remain a crime scene, closed to the public.
Not since the Sept. 11 attacks has Boston witnessed such a show of martial power coupled with a sense of vulnerability and grief.
The scores of rifle-wielding state troopers, National Guard members in fatigues, and municipal SWAT teams who descended on the city Monday will continue to patrol on Tuesday, particularly around the finish line of the marathon in the Back Bay.
“That area is pretty much going to be locked down,” Governor Deval Patrick said at a press conference on Monday. “It’s not going to be easy, simple, or regular. And, I think, in most cases, people are not going to have access to that area.”
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