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Arts & Entertainment

Has Boston Become a Hip-Hop Town?

Ask almost anyone, and they’ll tell you Boston is a rock ’n’ roll town. Just look at our history. The city has birthed legends ranging […]

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Massachusetts Needs to Reconsider Nuclear Energy

By the end of this month, the reactor at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth will finally power down for good. Its slim, uranium-filled […]

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Boston’s Beloved Beer Gardens Are Facing Serious Backlash

Bostonians love a good beer garden. They hit all the sweet spots in après-work imbibing: sought-after brews, fresh air, food-truck dining, and Instagram-friendly ambiance. When […]

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Is Boston’s Transportation Crisis Beyond Repair?

Getting around Boston has never been more of a pain in the ass. Between the city’s booming population and its cratering unemployment rate, some 150,000 […]

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Why Isn’t Boston a More Popular Convention Destination?

On any given winter night, the streets around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport are dotted with a few stray souls scurrying […]

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Donut Break Our Hearts, Dunkin’

Picture this: Early one morning, you’re walking to grab your coffee, maybe an iced regular with one milk, one sugar. You round the corner, and […]

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Is Boston’s Real Estate Bubble Unpoppable?

Interest rates are rising and housing markets all over the country are slowing down. But does any of that matter here?

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Why Is It So Hard to Get a Doctor’s Appointment in Boston?

You can’t throw a stethoscope here without hitting a world-class physician. So why is it so hard to get an appointment?

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Has Boston’s Nightlife Gone Vegas, Baby?

Why the City That Definitely Sleeps is fast becoming a high-rollers’ club town.

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Why Are Boston’s Sports More Important Than Our Arts?

In the City of Champions, culture is sliding into last place. Here’s what we need to do to make a comeback.

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Boston’s War on Fun

C’mon, everyone—it’s time to loosen up and embrace the World Cup.

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What Would You Pay to Fix Boston Traffic?

Why raising the gas tax could ease the worst part about living in Boston—the traffic.

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Why Is Boston Common So… Common?

Virtually unchanged since the days of Paul Revere, America’s oldest park isn’t living up to its potential. Will the city finally bring it back to life?

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Why Is Good Help So Hard to Find in Boston?

Plumbers, carpenters, and electricians are Boston’s hottest commodities. But good luck getting one to fix your home.

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Should Boston Stop Using Cash?

It’s dirty, annoying, and legally required. But in today’s local economy, is cold, hard cash doing more harm than good?