Downtown View: September

For the past three weeks everyone has been busy. Neighborhood organizations are throwing welcome-back parties and holding meetings, confident that people are back in...

Life on the Corner: New Guinea

When I was about twelve years old my mother would occasionally send me to buy fish at a fishmonger near Faneuil Hall called Sanborn’s....

Downtown View: Ingredients for a Successful City

What makes small cities successful? I’ve asked that question as I’ve gotten to know Portsmouth, New Hampshire, over a couple of visits. If you’ve not been...

NFL Takes Over Columbus Park for Downsized Event [Poll: Should They Have Paid to...

Much like the outcome of the game itself (Chiefs 42, Patriots 27), expectations exceeded reality Thursday for the NFL season kickoff celebration on Boston's...

Fiscal Cliff Threatens To Cut Federal Funds to Community Health Centers by Seventy Percent

NEW Health in the North End has joined community health centers across the country in waiting with bated breath as Members of Congress work...

Downtown View: Welcome to Boston

It’s September. You’ve moved in either over the weekend or sometime this summer. You’ve not met many of your neighbors because long-time residents try...

A Generous Heart and A Generous Smile

I cannot even imagine what it was like when 44,000 people lived in the North End, more than four times our current population. We...

Downtown View: Uninhabitable

Karen is on vacation. Here is a column from February that you might enjoy again. Samuel Eliot Morison in The Maritime History of Massachusetts describes...

“Our” Story…A Saint Anthony Tradition

Each summer, hundreds of thousands attend our historic North End festivals. I don’t use the term historic lightly, because that’s exactly what they are....

Life on the Corner, Scollay Sq. Part 1

Why is Robert Burns in Winthrop Square?? Boston was once the most walkable of all American cities. It was a city of low rise buildings...

Downtown View: A Recipe for Cooking

Karen is taking a summer break. This column on a remarkable business incubator appeared last January. Take one old hot dog factory. Add two big...

Downtown View: Thanks, Donald, for the Big Reveal

Karen is taking a break. Since we were all recently laughing at Trump when he inappropriately complimented the French president’s wife on the good...