It has been nearly a week since Boylston Street was violently transformed from a center of commerce and celebration into a crime scene following the Marathon bombings.
And it appears it will likely be days or weeks before the street and Copley Square will be completely reopened to the public.
Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other city officials said Copley Square will reopen once federal investigators turn the six-block crime scene over to the city. It may be days before that happens, Davis said.
Once that happens, the city will reopen Copley Square in a five phase process that includes decontamination, internal and external building assessments, debris removal and counseling.
"It's time to move this city forward," Menino said yesterday, calling Boylston Street, "now the most famous street in the world."
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