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Yes on Question 2

October 22, 2014
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Fenway Park filled to the brim with plastic bottles. That dramatic image conveys the volume of bottle litter we throw away in Massachusetts each year. Most of it gets deposited in landfills. Some litter lingers in our gutters, along the roads, across the beaches and on the sidewalks. It’s pretty gross. It is irresponsible...

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Downtown View: Seeing Boston From The Water

September 23, 2014
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If you’re a traveler and an architecture enthusiast, you may have been on the Chicago River architectural boat tour. It is splendid, with good stories about the Windy City’s fine buildings. You may be surprised to learn that Boston also has an architectural river (and harbor) trip. You’ll also be surprised to find that...

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A New Trail to Follow

September 3, 2014
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I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is  interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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A New Trail to Follow

August 26, 2014
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I love it when one person decides to do a good deed for the rest of us just because he or she is interested in a topic. Vincent Licenziato, 64, of Phillips Street on Beacon Hill, decided to celebrate art, social justice and education by calling attention to the many statues and memorials around...

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How High Is Our Status?

August 25, 2014
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Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. How high is our status (first published in May, 2011) Recently, in another part of the country, I found myself in an unusual conversation. One person told...

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Mitt a Democrat?

August 13, 2014
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Karen is taking her first break since beginning to write in this space. She is offering some of her most remarked-upon columns for you to enjoy again. Mitt. A Democrat? (first published in December, 2011 (It probably applies to gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker as well.) Our guy Mitt has met trouble lately in his...

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Downtown View: A month in the country

August 8, 2014
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(first published in August 2013) For the first time since I was 18 years old, I have spent a month in the country. And what a beautiful country it is. Fifty shades of green complimented by the bluest sky ever. Puffy clouds ranging from gray to bright white. Dozens of goldfinches, which my father-in-law...

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Walsh to Ignore BHAC on Sidewalk Ramps: Mayor Walsh’s First Big Mistake

July 25, 2014
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Save the bricks. That was the rallying cry last Thursday for Beacon Hill residents. When neighbors heard the city was going to tear up bricks and install concrete ramps at the neighborhood’s intersections they were, like their predecessors in 1947, willing to sit down on the bricks to keep the city from ripping them...

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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

July 11, 2014
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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

Four downtown residents recently joined Beacon Hill Village’s board of directors, expanding the number of board members to 17. West End resident Joanne Cooper is a retired geriatric social worker and nursing home administrator. In 1979 she co-founded the Geriatric Resource Center, a private consulting service and home care agency. She has volunteered for...

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Downtown View : The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or  any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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