Long Reads

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City Life

Anatomy of a Pet Rescue

What do you do when you’re trapped at home with little to do in the middle of a pandemic? If you’re like many locals, you […]

City Life

Inside the Underground Pipeline Bringing Pets to Massachusetts

In the predawn hours of October 19, 2020, Plymouth plumber Robert Fleming Jr. rose from bed and began getting ready for work, trying his best […]

City Life

Settle in with Some Hot Chocolate and Read the Best Longreads of the Year

Look, this year is almost over. This awful, baffling, enraging, heartbreaking mess of a year has almost, almost drawn to a close. You’re so close […]

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Education

Inside the Bunker at Boston Public Schools

It’s a gray and frigid morning in Dorchester when Brenda Cassellius bounds toward me on the front lawn of Joseph Lee K–8 School. She wears […]

City Life

Winter, the Weatherman, and Me

It’s an odd thing, someone you’ve never met becoming a significant person in your life. But it can happen. That’s what I was thinking about […]

City Life

How Has Boston Gotten Away with Being Segregated for So Long?

When Sheena Collier moved here from Atlanta 16 years ago to pursue a master’s at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she was looking forward to […]

Restaurants

Behind the Mask of the Phantom Gourmet

Like all great performers, brothers Dan and Dave Andelman have a keen understanding that the show must go on. So one day in late March, […]

City Life

Is Massachusetts Shaming Divorced Parents?

On a Monday afternoon this summer, when I should have been working, I closed down Slack, shut my bedroom door for privacy, and joined a […]

City Life

A Slaying in the Suburbs

On a warm evening in mid-May, Ingolf Tuerk pulled his silver Mercedes G-Wagen into the three-car garage at 29 Valley Road in Dover and sat […]

City Life

Will Boston’s Next Mayor Be a Woman of Color?

A Black woman in a brightly colored floral-pattern dress stands on a front stoop and looks you right in the eyes through the camera. “Who’s […]

Arts & Entertainment

The Re-Education of the Museum of Fine Arts

On a drizzly afternoon last spring, Makeeba McCreary was lingering over a cup of coffee while catching up with a colleague at the Museum of […]

Travel

COVID vs. the Ski Industry

The morning of March 12 at Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont’s Green Mountains, was, by all accounts, a bluebird day. That’s old-school, ski-bum speak […]

Restaurants

The Year That Changed Boston’s Dining Scene Forever

What would you choose for a last meal? I never thought I’d ask myself that question—or a version of it, anyway—until a microscopic virus arrived […]

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Wellness

The Dentist Will Screen You Now

Way back when, during the simpler days of December, I made a routine appointment for a teeth cleaning. It was the sort of thing I […]

City Life

The Police Shooting that Boston Forgot

Fifty years ago, rising soul sensation Franklin Lynch was shot dead by police at Boston City Hospital. The killing of an unarmed man, and its […]