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When You Have To Go: Public Bathrooms in Downtown Boston

One of the most fundamental human activities is the removal of waste from the body. Yes, we all do it, and when nature calls, we […]

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Does More Data Equal Better Cities?

Boston skyline photo via iStockphoto   Recently, The Economist published a piece touting the ways in which cities could be improved through the use of […]

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Blast from the Past Observations on Boston

I’ve penned a few travel books, and I’ve tried to steer clear of some of the genre’s most pernicious peccadilloes, which include describing foodstuffs as […]

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Walking Tour: The Streets of Mission Hill

From 2008 to 2010, I lived on Hillside Street in Mission Hill. To my mind, Mission Hill is one of Boston’s most interesting neighborhoods. Thousands […]

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Banned in Boston: A Brief Tour Through 20th Century Censorship

The Old Corner Book Store. (Photo via Boston Public Library on Flickr.) Back in the early reaches of the 20th century, a few proper Bostonians […]