Karen Cord Taylor's column appears regularly on NorthEndWaterfront.com. She founded The Beacon Hill Times weekly newspaper in 1995 and served as its editor and publisher until late 2007. She also founded and served as editor and publisher of the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge and The Back Bay Sun weeklies. Her column appears in those newspapers as well as the Regional Review, which serves Boston’s North End. These weeklies are now owned by the Independent Newspaper Group. She is the author of “Blue Laws, Brahmins and Breakdown Lanes: An Alphabetic Guide to Boston and Bostonians” and the co-author of “The Lady Architects,” a book about three women who practiced architecture in New England and elsewhere in the early 20th century. She lives in downtown Boston and blogs at BostonColumn.com.
Commentaries Government

Downtown View: More Sex Scandals, Please

After Hurricane Sandy, bruising presidential and senatorial campaigns that lasted far too long, and a continuing hospital watch over Mayor Menino, fatigued Bostonians needed a good sex scandal. Our prayers were answered, courtesy of CIA director David Petraeus, General John R. Allen, the financially-challenged Tampa twins, and biographer and upper-arm specialist Paula Broadwell. Of course, Read More…

Commentaries Community Government

Downtown View: The Evidence of Daffodils

So I’m sitting in front of the fireplace on a rainy day listening on my husband’s iPad to Paul McCartney singing “Yesterday.” I’m reading Michael Ondaatje’s “The Cat’s Table.” I’m thinking that “Yesterday” might be one of the world’s finest songs. I’m thinking Paul McCartney is a prodigious talent in a great big field of Read More…

Commentaries Community

Downtown View: Greenway Cooperation–The Way To Go

Ah, the Greenway. That wonderful replacement for that awful highway. Ah, the Greenway Conservancy.  That wonderful idea that has turned awful at times. But there is a ray of hope. A change for the better? Shared goals developed by formerly antagonistic players? Everybody on the same page? We’ll see. Cooperation between Conservancy staff and horticultural Read More…

Business Commentaries Community People Schools

Downtown View: What Were They Thinking?

A large banner advertisement hangs in the window at the Charles/MGH T station. These are beautiful windows. Why is this big ad there? $$$$$. First, I heard a 72-year old woman complain about this ad. Then a 10-year-old boy pointed it out, saying it was too big. It is hard to see from some angles, Read More…

Commentaries Food & Drink

Downtown View: Public Market On Its Way

Good news: the Boston Public Market Association says its year-round market for Massachusetts-grown, made, hunted and fished food will open in June, 2014. Well, maybe not hunted, but you can see how that would fit in. Earlier this year, after a lengthy, delayed process, the state designated the BPMA as occupants of the ground floor Read More…