Long Reads


Boston’s War on Happy Hour Needs to End

Boston’s war on happy hour has gone on far too long. It’s time to pour one out for our antiquated liquor laws.


The Storm Is Coming

Politicians and climate scientists know what needs to be done to save our city from impending doom. If only they would do it.


The Great Charter Schools Debate

With charter school legislation on the ballot this year, the fight between the pro-charter and anti-charter faithful is reaching a fever pitch. Here’s what you need to know.


Bill Weld Has Nothing to Lose

Bill Weld’s last (and wildest) hurrah.


Who Runs the World? November Project.

They sweat, they chant, they even hug. A month with November Project, the fitness cult taking over the planet.


Cod Is Dead—Is Dogfish the Answer?

With hardly any cod left in the sea, one Chatham fisherman is out to make the dogfish cool enough for New Englanders to eat—and hopes to revive a dying industry along the way.


Can We Finally Save City Hall Plaza?

But after 50 years, can we finally stop it and the plaza from being an urban wasteland?


Big Love: An Oral History of David Ortiz

As David Ortiz winds down his storied career with the Sox, an all-star lineup tells the inside story of how a one-time baseball reject reinvented himself as Big Papi and became a Boston legend.


Ageism in Tech Takes a Turn for the Wiser

Older workers have talent and plenty of know-how. Finally, Boston’s youth-obsessed tech startups are starting to notice.


MuckRock’s Approach Is Working, One FOIA at a Time

Massachusetts is the birthplace of the American Revolution. But lately, the “We the People” spirit has been conspicuously lacking when it comes to government transparency. […]


My (Tor)Mentor

When Lissa Curtis met one of the Boston area’s most prominent ballet masters, she accompanied him to a prestigious competition in Romania. But that’s only the beginning of her story.


Hard Pressed: Will the Boston Herald Survive?

For decades, the Boston Herald has delighted in pissing off liberals in their own backyard. But how long can Boston’s other newspaper hang on?

Arts & Entertainment

Boston’s Creative Crisis

Marty Walsh’s $1.4 million Boston Creates plan was supposed to turbocharge the city’s arts scene. A year after its launch, are we ever going to get anything other than a series of kumbaya sessions and generic platitudes?


The Homework Wars

It’s summertime. So maybe we can stop overloading our kids with work?


DNA Wars in Cambridge

Three Cambridge biotech startups want to change the world with the power of DNA.