Joe Keohane'S latest stories

The Burn Is Back

The Red Sox are champions again, which means Boston may finally be returning to its rightful place of being loathed.

Keohane: In the Weeds

I was out with a Republican friend the other night, who, because he’s more about William Buckley than Jesus Christ, tends to take a libertarian perspective on matters of personal behavior. We were mostly complaining about Tom Menino’s recent crusade…

Nouveau Riche Mayor Strikes Again

Boston’s widespread conversion from city to Lifestyle Center continues apace with the news that the mayor is looking to redevelop the triangle between Park Drive and Yawkey Way by Fenway Park. As we have all learned by now, “redevelop” can…

Keohane for Register of Probate

I wasn’t planning to mount a political campaign when I got up yesterday morning. Being a resident of Middlesex County, I was compelled to write in at least one name at the primary. John Buonomo, the now-former Register of Probate…

Keohane: Kerry v. O’Reilly—Down to the Wire!

OK, maybe not down to the wire. In fact, it’s probably all over. The Globe unsurprisingly endorsed John Kerry today, calling challenger Ed O’Reilly “energetic but utterly unprepared for the job.” The Herald hasn’t weighed in yet, though I’m really…

Keohane: Good Tommy / Bad Tommy

The two sides of Tom Menino were very much on display last Friday, as Hizzoner steamrolled a city councilor and boldly proposed broad changes that will revolutionize the ailing Boston cab system, and then followed that up hours later by…

Bell Tolls for Sidekick?

I’ve been bitterly opposed to the Globe‘s Sidekick section since its inception in 2005, mainly because I couldn’t figure out what it was (so I have to go to two separate sections to get CD reviews?), but also because even…

Keohane on Deval and the DNC

Two months ago, if I’d sat down to watch Deval Patrick address the DNC, I would have had my trusty Morse code book out, and I’d be studying his blinking patterns to see if he was going to use the…

Keohane: Newbury Comics Soldiers On

Living in a dynamic city virtually ensures any longtime resident will spend at least a few minutes every week mournfully pointing at spots where great things used to be, before they were forced out by something banal. For me, that’s…

Keohane: Transit Woes

In 2001, James Howard Kunstler wrote a great book, The City in Mind, which was basically a ferocious takedown of cities he fears (Mexico City) and hates (Atlanta, Las Vegas), and a paean to the ones he loves. Of the…