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March 2011 Issue

Best Places to Live

Whatever your stage of life, here’s where to look for your first, next, or last home.


Meddling While Boston Burns

As the city endures its worst and most grisly spate of violence in years, Mayor Menino keeps proposing solutions. And that’s the problem.

Wheels of Fortune

Herb Chambers conquered an industry — twice. So when’s he going to start enjoying it a little?

Bright Future

Against the city’s slowly melting walls of snow, spring’s vibrant hues roar in like a hot storm. And they’re a breath of fresh air — bold flashes of neon that defy staid sartorial rules, the winter chill, and even, in some cases, gravity itself.



Navigating the Boston Public Schools System

Come kindergarten, urban families have no choice but to flee the city for the ’burbs, right? Think again. It is possible to put together a great education for your kids right in Boston. Here’s how.

You Live Free, We Die

In the wake of the Arizona shootings, it’s comforting to think that the strict firearms regulations in Massachusetts keep us safe. But the truth is that it’s as easy to evade our gun laws as it is our sales tax—just head north.

Fashion + Style

Sew Promising

A new class of young fashion designers take to the runway.

Good Sport

This Red Sox–inspired blazer from Boston-based luxury menswear label ECC Life & Style has it all.


Q&A: Ronan Tynan

Ronan Tynan first made his name with the Irish Tenors, but most Red Sox fans know him simply as that guy who sang “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium. That is, until the incident.


River Rage

How did Tom Menino get the People’s Republic so riled up? He stole its companies.

Arts + Entertainment

Person of Interest: Matt Siegel

Thirty years on, Matty in the Morning still rules Boston radio. (And he’ll take full credit.)

Tired Old Chestnut

Chestnut Hill used to be the peak of suburban shopping decadence. Now? Well, there’s plenty of good parking available.



Dining Review: Island Creek Oyster Bar

With an impressive raw bar and some of the freshest fish around, this Kenmore Square newcomer is reeling in crowds.

First Bite: Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar

Say salud to margaritas and fun, casual Mexican cuisine in the Back Bay.

Does Restaurant Week Need To Die?

Weary of mass-produced meals, Donna Garlough ponders the true value of the discount-dining bonanza.