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The New Filennium

Last week’s news from Downtown Crossing couldn’t be better for Boston. Not only has the long-dormant Filene’s project been reborn, but Millennium Partners and Handel […]

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Saving Cities With Community Colleges

Here’s the problem. You have dozens of small to medium-sized cities sprinkled throughout New England, and nearly all of them have seen better days when […]

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A Big Pile of New Museums!

The new Renzo Piano wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photo by Matthew Reed Baker.) The opening of the new addition by Renzo Piano […]

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We're Wasting Our Infrastructure

A great many of the things that are interesting and which offer a us a real chance to express the spirit of our age are […]

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Tear Down the Televisions!

I can’t remember if this thought struck me while in the checkout line at the supermarket or while I was filling my car at the […]

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Could Boston’s Urban Ring Be Another High Line?

It is hard not to be impressed with the astonishing, multi-phase redevelopment of an old industrial elevated rail line in New York known as The […]

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Fenway Park: What Really Needs Preserving?

The area surrounding Fenway Park, circa 1912. Even as we struggle to come to terms with the Red Sox epic collapse, I still find myself […]

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Casino? Casino!

OK. Apparently, we are beyond the point in the discussion where I say that encouraging people to gamble is a pretty bad idea. And I […]

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Minding the Mass. Ave./Boylston Gap

I was walking on Mass. Ave. surrounded by U-Hauls and overflowing SUVs when I found myself at the intersection with Boylston, sitting atop the gulch […]

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Boston Harbor Islands Hopping

What shapes our environment? When I ask myself this question, the answers are usually very specific architects and landscape architects, like Bulfinch, Richardson, Olmsted, Pei, […]

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Re-Branding Boston: It Takes a Plan

If Boston is going to re-frame itself for the 21st century, we are going to have to see a large-scale vision of that future. It […]

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On the Up-and-Up, but Still Looking Back

The arrival of the Hubway, the new bicycle-sharing program in Boston, is certainly to be welcomed. Put aside the fact that there are many months […]

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Getting On Without Borders

While there are many tears among bibliophiles over the demise of bookstores in the Internet age — and even by city revenue managers over the […]

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Why Do Bostonians Vilify Tall Buildings?

As we slowly emerge from the parallel universe that is the now-completed debt-ceiling crisis, it brings to mind some other ways in which small groups […]