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Best of Boston 2013

Much has changed in Boston over the past 40 years. One thing that’s stayed constant, however, is our annual guide to the very best shopping, dining, and all-around living to be found in Boston. This month, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Best of Boston, and our dedication to mining the city’s gems, decade after decade, remains unwavering. Here’s to another 40 years.

Features

40 Reasons to Love Boston

For four decades, we’ve been celebrating the very best of Boston. In honor of that anniversary, here are 40 of the reasons we’re so proud to call this city home.

Best of Boston Readers' Poll Results

To celebrate Best of Boston’s 40th anniversary this year, we had you, our faithful readers, select the winners in 40 different categories. We provided four nominees for each category. To decide the winner, you voted, and voted, and voted again—286,935 times in all. Here are your picks.

Departments

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City Limits

As candidates scramble for votes in the first wide-open mayoral election in decades, a transformed Boston begins to emerge.

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All Fall Down

Why is the federal government pulling the rug out from under social programs that work?

News

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Roboshark

Woods Hole’s scientists get up close and personal with the great white shark.

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Q&A: Pedro Martínez

One of Boston’s most beloved athletes, he rejoined the Red Sox this season as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.

Restaurants

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Burgermeisters

Here’s why you won’t find a signature burger at new restaurants Alden & Harlow and Kirkland Tap & Trotter.

Fashion & Style

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Shop Around

A spate of stylish new stores are upping Boston’s sartorial quotient this summer.

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Loom Large

An old-fashioned Maine textile mill makes blankets and throws with modern flair.

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Haute Dogs

Stylish beds, bowls, and more for the discerning urban pooch.

Renting in Suburbia

Do the high-end rentals that developers are building in the ‘burbs really deliver luxury living for less?

Health

Arts & Entertainment

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Love Unveiled

With her first novel, Farizan explores the tangled issues of gender and sexuality in Iran.