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Do we Have Any Privacy?

March 25, 2015
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The notion of privacy has received much attention recently. I’m still waiting for someone to draw a reasonable line about how far to go in collecting information on the world’s population. The new handringing about privacy began when Edward Snowden, the contractor working for the National Security Agency, leaked classified documents to the press...

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Downtown View: Saving Space

March 17, 2015
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So far this year, Bostonians have truly weathered the storms. Most people have kept their cool and maintained their good nature. I have also detected a note of pride in our resilience and bravery in the face of unprecedented snowfalls. The T didn’t work. The city’s plows and melters had trouble keeping up. But...

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Downtown View:Optimism or Pessimism

March 4, 2015
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My friend and I recently attended a public meeting convened by the Boston 2024 Olympics Organizing Committee. It was entertaining in so many ways. The cast of characters was impassioned, especially the opponents. One cute girl from Somerville—probably around 20 years old, not yet a woman— was handing out posters rejecting the Olympics and...

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Downtown View: Wish I Were There

February 18, 2015
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A long time ago we decided we should try Florida for a couple of weeks in the winter. Other people seemed to like it. The place we are staying has drop-dead beaches, beautiful shells, a plethora of wildlife and an ocean that varies its shade of blue hour by hour. While all of you...

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Downtown View: A New Snowstorm App

February 12, 2015
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In a snowstorm, we’re lucky to live downtown. The electricity stays on. Many shops stay open. We don’t need to drive. Outside it is silent, at least until your neighbor starts to shovel. If you’ve got a fireplace, so much the better. If someone decides to make soup, even more comforting.                 Now we...

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Downtown View: More Stupid Stuff

February 9, 2015
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Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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Downtown View Mayor Walsh: We’re Okay with Bold

January 30, 2015
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Downtown View Mayor Walsh: We’re Okay with Bold

This is an advice column. To Marty Walsh. With pictures. The message: You’ve been bold. Expand your efforts.                 The mayor’s State of the City speech showed his intention to solve two of the Boston’s thorniest problems—housing and education. Downtown residents need affordable housing and good public education as much as other neighborhoods. But...

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Downtown View: The Calm Month

January 22, 2015
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Lots of people complain about January. It is dark. It is cold. It’s a day longer than some months. The hoopla about the holidays is over. Thank goodness. That is the beauty of January. It is not like autumn, the season in which everyone and every organization are trying to crowd in every event...

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Downtown View: The More Things Change

January 14, 2015
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At Faneuil Hall Marketplace, an out-of-town manager doesn’t understand how to run a Boston business. Local businesses are  ousted to make room for chains. The manager believes the pushcart vendors, with their dubious tchotchkes, bring down the tone of the place. The vendors, however, accuse the manager of shutting them out of decision making...

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Downtown View: Disruption or Consequences?

January 8, 2015
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Disruption was 2014’s trendy cliché. A new idea comes along and, poof, out with the old. Business school types are enthralled. New technology and new ideas are part of the disruption. But some businesses and industries are vulnerable, sometimes because they haven’t taken certain developments into account. Take coal. It is hard to listen...

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