Then and Now – Boston’s North End

I went back to my roots last week. I had to escape the heat of the desert Southwest. I had to feel an ocean...

Downtown View: Infrastructure. Investment. Interesting.

Karen is taking a break. This column from last September still has relevance. Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Boston boldly invested in...

Downtown View: North Country Life Cycle

I spend several days every summer in the North Country. The weather is always typical for New England, both warm and cold, dry and...

Life on the Corner: Weddings and Wise Guys

The two most important events in the lives of early Italian immigrants were weddings and wakes. These were occasions for families and friends to...

North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council Takes On the “Fake Monk Mafia”

My long time friend and North End condo owner, Matt Ackley, never gets mad. In fact, when piles of trash are left outside of...

Downtown View: Following Up on the HarborWalk Walk

A few weeks ago seven friends and I explored the HarborWalk from Lovejoy Wharf to Congress Street. We were dismayed by the blind alleys, signs...

Downtown View: Imponderables

News articles extoll Massachusetts’ wealth. From the Boston Globe on June 28: “The Massachusetts miracle: rich and thriving.” In January, “A Waterfront that’s rapidly...

AN ILLEGAL DECK: No Peace at the Peace Garden

(An illegal deck, installed a few feet above the statues and flowers of the Peace Garden at Saint Leonard Church on Hanover Street, has...

Downtown View: One Immigrant’s Story

In 1990 eight-year-old Victoria Glazomitsky stepped off a plane at Kennedy Airport with her mother and father, her paternal grandmother and grandfather and her...

Commentary: Tar Pits… What a Mess!

For anyone who has tried to drive or walk on Commercial St. /Atlantic Ave. recently, you’ll appreciate the fact that it’s become an obstacle...

Downtown View: HarborWalk—Signs Needed

Last Thursday, I took a walk along the harbor with four friends from downtown Boston and others from Iowa, Kentucky and Washington, DC, to...

Downtown View: Doing Nothing At Sea

When Hampshire House owner Tom Kershaw invited me to join him on the square-rigged, 122-foot schooner Lynx, based in Nantucket and St. Petersburg, Florida,...