Downtown View: Where Things Stand – Winthrop Square

The proposed 775-foot tower to be built on the site of a grungy city garage started out nicely when plans were unveiled last summer....

Downtown View: Finding Hope

After the election, Nancy Schön was blue. When faced with sadness, what’s a sculptor to do? She fashions a piece that acknowledges her feelings,...

Life on the Corner: The West End’s “Shlemky”

The North End and the West End had a lot in common. They were both part of Ward 3 and shared political representation, both...

COPP’S HILL MOMENT: Breakfast with Caravaggio

(They say it is the journey, not the destination that matters. But, there are exceptions, especially when it comes to ocean crossings in autumn....

The Chrysanthemum Building

The following commentary was submitted by Crosstown Art in the North End, regarding the design of the new construction at 124-126 Salem Street. The chrysanthemum pattern...

Downtown View: Uninhabitable

Samuel Eliot Morison in The Maritime History of Massachusetts describes our state’s liabilities—tumbling, shallow, un-navigable rivers that could never compete with the mighty Hudson...

Life on the Corner: Birds of Passage, Part 2, The New Colossus

The history of immigration in this country is one of exploitation; the wealthy, property owning classes exploiting the poor and desperate. We saw this...

Downtown View: Snow Fear in Boston

Are we Bostonians pusillanimous, spineless milquetoasts? It’s easy to conclude that we are, given our recent behavior over snowstorms. The weather forecasters announce ominously that...

Downtown View: The Pitfalls of Symbols

Super Bowl fever brought up the topic of sports design. Surely you have noticed the Super Bowl trophy. Once in awhile someone mentions its...

Copp’s Hill Moment: Guess Who’s Coming for Breakfast?

(Some people worry about government surveillance and loss of privacy. But, one North End family is literally facing a more imminent threat.) Renato Climaco holds...

Downtown View: Thinking About Taxis, Rather Than Something Else

It’s oppressive. You can’t get away from the Trump chaos. Everyone talks about it. Walk down the street, meet a friend. Immediately they bring...

Life on the Corner: Birds of Passage, Part 1

Of the twelve million immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954 four million were Italian and my grandmother, Colomba Cordani, was...

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