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City Life

The New Race to Rule the Automile

Chris Chase was excited. Early last year, the Boston construction manager spied an email in his inbox from someone at Herb Chambers Ford of Braintree […]

City Life

The Making (And Unmaking) Of Monica Cannon-Grant

As I drove down suburban roads far south of the city one day this spring, I had the distinct sensation I was on my way […]

Education

Is This the End of the High School Varsity Jacket?

As the days become cooler and leaves start to fall, a wave of nostalgia washes over me as I watch my 16-year-old twin boys head […]

City Life

Adventures in Aunthood

There was a time when I never would have chosen to climb onto a piece of playground equipment teeming with screaming children—and when the very […]

City Life

Inside the Wild Feud Between Jonathan Knight and the Trustees of Reservations

One day last October in Essex, a pair of khaki-clad visitors clomped through the lush grass next to a large vegetable garden laid in neat, […]

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City Life

3 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong…Can They?

The sun is still blazing at 6 p.m. on Redondo Beach, some 25 miles southwest of Los Angeles, when 19-year-old identical triplet brothers Chris, Matt, […]

Education

The Future of Boston Latin

Rachel Skerritt, the outgoing Head of Boston Latin School, sat propped up in bed, trying to get some much-needed rest while taking a sick day […]

Education

The Case of the Vanishing Harvard Dorm Crew

My first taste of the so-called Harvard experience occurred the week before school started. I stood in a line of fellow giddy 18-year-olds who, at […]

City Life

Can This Woman Bring Tourists Back to Boston?

Martha Sheridan had been in her dream job as the CEO of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau for exactly one year when she […]

City Life

The Scandal Rocking Boston’s Ballet World

From the start, the allegations were ugly. In July 2021, the New York Times reported a bombshell lawsuit had been filed by a young Boston […]

City Life

The Purpling of Massachusetts

In many ways, Daniele Lantagne of Somerville just might be the platonic ideal of a Massachusetts progressive. A Tufts University professor of community health, Lantagne’s […]

City Life

Pushing 40, Step by (Anxiety- and Dread-Inducing) Step

My running sneakers are slapping the sidewalk, and “Hangin’ Tough” is pumping through my Apple earbuds. It’s not one of my favorite New Kids on […]

City Life

The Last Days of Professor Donovan

It was like a voice from the grave. Members of the jury in the trial of John Donovan—Boston’s notorious former tech guru turned convicted liar—watched […]

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City Life

Is Downtown Boston Looking Up?

Building Blocks Trading Spaces Coming Soon The 21st-century history of downtown Boston can be neatly divided into two epochs: Before COVID and After COVID. In […]

City Life

Why the Name “Beantown” Has to Go

As a proud Bostonian who cares deeply about our city’s future and its reputation, I’ve given a lot of thought to the moniker “Beantown.” When, […]