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September 2023 Issue

City Life

Are Massachusetts’ Teachers Unions Allowing Students to Fail?

They fight against charter schools, MCAS testing, and state oversight while seeking more taxpayer money than ever before. Meanwhile, public school students’ reading and math scores are worse than they have been in 20 years. Just a coincidence?

City Life

The Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston, Ranked for 2023

We crunched the numbers to come up with our annual guide to the top-performing schools in the region. How does your child’s school stack up?



An Intensive A-to-Z Guide to Apples, New England’s Most Iconic Fall Fruit

From Johnny Appleseed to East Boston’s Downeast Cider guys to Matt Damon’s famous line in Good Will Hunting, here’s everything you need to know (and probably a whole lot more) about our region’s most quintessentially autumn fruit.

City Life

It’s Time to Get to Know Sam Slater

The Boston-area developer, Seattle sports team owner, and Hollywood film producer is a man on a mission: to make the company bearing his family’s name the most successful it can be—and make a name for himself in the process.


City Life

No, Corey Thomas Will Not Tell You His Mother’s Maiden Name

The head of local cybersecurity firm Rapid7 talks espionage, the corrosiveness of TikTok, and the failed promise of Back to the Future: “I still want my hoverboard.”

City Life

Can the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Save Democracy?

It sure is going to try. And in the meantime, this institution on the rise is making an impact on the national stage.

Arts & Entertainment

Meet Noah Kahan, the Voice of an Emotionally Evolved Generation

How did a native New Englander who writes anthemic pop-folk songs about small towns, his parents, and dogs become mainstream music’s Next Big Thing? TikTok, talent, and lots of honest therapy.

Home Design

Home & Property

How Do You Turn an 1800s Dairy Barn into a 21st-Century Great Room?

For TV personality Tanya McQueen’s Nantucket home, the solution was improved lighting and rustic flourishes.

Home & Property

So You Want to Live in Concord, Massachusetts?

One-of-a-kind shops, grand old Colonials, and history galore: Here are five things to know if you’re considering a move to this quintessential New England town.

Home & Property

Real Estate Showdown: A J.P. Victorian vs. a Waterfront Home in Rhode Island

It’s amazing what a few miles can to the market. This month, we compare a historical mansard in Boston with an elaborate beach house in Bristol.


Arts & Entertainment

Fall Arts Preview: Haute Couture and John Singer Sargent

The Museum of Fine Arts presents a fashion show as seen through the brushwork of a 19th-century great.

Arts & Entertainment

The Huntington Theatre Company Starts Its First Full Season under a New Leader

Four exuberantly thoughtful productions open this autumn, courtesy of artistic director Loretta Greco.

Arts & Entertainment

Fall Arts Preview: 18 Things We Can’t Wait to Do This Season

It’s time for a fresh slate of music, theater, and museum exhibitions.

Fashion + Style

City Life

Long’s Jewelers Moves to a New South Shore Location

After decades in the South Shore Plaza, the 145-year-old local luxury chain expands into a jaw-dropping, 11,000-square-foot Braintree emporium.


Five Fall 2023 Style Essentials, According to Boston Shopkeepers

The city’s fashion experts dish on the autumn season’s hottest looks.

City Life

Party Pics: Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch!

Dispatches from the city’s swankiest fundraisers, including the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s “hat luncheon” and more.


Five Spa Treatments for Fall 2023

As the leaves change color, now is the ideal time to pamper yourself.


A Weekend Traveler’s Guide to Baltimore

An early-autumn trip to Charm City comes complete with culture, crabs, and five-star hospitality.