Life on the Corner: Eataly, Part 2

A month ago I wrote a brief essay about my visit to Mario Batali’s new Italian food emporium in the Prudential Center mall. That...

Downtown View: Too Much Trash

Karen is taking a break. This column appeared in December, 2014. Read it for nostalgia because times have changed. Now several downtown neighborhoods enjoy...

Why No First Night Midnight Fireworks over Boston Harbor? Not New York Enough

Dusty Rhodes, founder and president of event planning company, Conventures Inc., was hired by the City of Boston to put on this year's First Night....

Downtown View: Shade or Shadow?

Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from December, 2015 that attracted several comments. When I was 19 years old, I went to...

COPP’S HILL MOMENT: A Christmas Story

It's that time of the year again when Earth tilts away from the life-giving sun and creatures big and small seek sanctuary in the...

Downtown View: Peace, Good Will

What do you want for Christmas? Maybe it’s the same as what I want. It’s peace. A refuge from vitriol. A haven from such...

Downtown View: Questions You’ve Wanted Answered

The trash is picked up early on trash days. But the recycling trucks come by later—sometimes much later. This problem occurs most frequently in...

Downtown View: Good Reads

Every year about this time I recommend a few books about Boston or by Boston authors that might make good holiday gifts for your...

Life on the Corner: Eataly, Part 1

Two well-known New York celebrity chefs, Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich, decided to come to Boston and teach us provincials about Italian food. Their...

Downtown View: Winter Ahead

This is the week that seems to begin winter even though we know December 21 is the actual date. So after the turkey is finished...

Life on the Corner: It’s All About Jobs

The old Italian laborers in the North End used to have a saying when they came home exhausted from ten hours of backbreaking work;...

Downtown View: Acts of Kindness and Humor

Last week’s election produced fear and despair among most Massachusetts voters, who went for Hillary two to one. But amidst the misery, some lightheartedness, humanity...

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