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Five Boston-Area Real Estate Blogs Worth Reading

We are deep in the blog era. Just a few short years ago, the word “blog” made some people wince, envisioning an online teenager’s journal, […]

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Brighton Welcomes The U.S.S. New Balance

(Image courtesy of New Balance.) Shake a leg and clear the decks, a giant cruise ship is heading for Brighton. The people at New Balance […]

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Real Estate: Mad Men and Mid-Century Modernism

My business partner and I have been asked by Docomomo’s New England chapter to make a presentation to its members next week regarding the marketing […]

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A New 35-Story Tower Near Copley Square?

The skyscraper, which would sit along Stuart Street on top of the former John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center, is in the works by a […]

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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 […]

Study Room

An architect designs an office for his scholarly father in New Hampshire’s woods.

Arts & Entertainment

Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's New Renzo Piano Wing

The new Renzo Piano wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photo by Matthew Reed Baker) New wings and new buildings have been sprouting up […]

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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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Three Deckers: A Boston Icon

Holiday time is family time, right? Everyone piled in together, hemmed in by Christmas trees, rented banquet tables, kids’ presents, and the chairs brought up […]

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Mid-Century Modern: Preservation or New Construction?

    My business partner and I have a new listing coming on today in Lincoln. It’s a 1957 house designed by noted Modernist architect, […]

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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 […]