March 2009 Issue

Best Places to Live 2009

Our annual guide to Hub real estate spotlights the lucky towns emerging from the market crash with their values intact. Plus: The smart buys for those still shopping, and sanity-saving tips for those staying put.

Feature

Top of Mind: Mel King

Crusader, Educator, Ex-legislator, Neighborhood Stalwart, Technology Buff, Age 80, South End.

The Miracle Break

There is a secret surf spot in Boston. It's about 20 minutes from the State House, without traffic, and nearly impossible to pick out. When the conditions are just right, though, it becomes a kind of urban nirvana. And that makes it a place the regulars will do almost anything to defend...

Best Foot Forward

Hugh Herr was a teenage mountain-climbing phenom when a blizzard took his legs. Now the MIT professor has used science to get them back, building artificial limbs so advanced, they force us to rethink what "able-bodied" means.

Department

The Globe Feels the Pinch

Crunching the numbers on a possible endgame for the Times Co. and our venerable broadsheet.

Come for the Beaches, Stay for the Blizzards

Developer Bill Catania is betting that with the right amenities, visitors will flock to Hyannis year round. All he has to do is get people to reimagine what a Cape vacation can be.

A Turncoat's Manifesto

Why I left Boston, and why that's not the unforgivable offense it once would have been.

Restaurants

Dining Out: Erbaluce

Long-lost culinary vet Charles Draghi returns to the scene with a poetic homage to high-art northern Italian. But it's not for the timid of palate.