Downtown View: Books for Reading and Giving Away

Sometimes I read recent books by Boston authors and describe them in this column. The following three books fit the Boston criteria, but vary...

Boston Strong in Las Vegas

Two weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in US history, my husband Ron, our son Matt and I were at T-Mobile Arena in Las...

Downtown View: What Makes Good Public Art?

You know it when you see it. For Lucas Cowan, public art curator for the Greenway, it is the bean, or, more formally, “Cloud Gate”...

Life on the Corner: A Copp’s Hill Mystery

The photo I’m sharing today comes from a postcard dated 1908 and depicts the Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. I assume the date is accurate...

Downtown View: What Happens to the Millionaires?

The constitutional amendment that imposes a “millionaires’ tax” will likely be on our ballots in November, 2018, along with the candidates for governor and...

Downtown View: Bring Back the Draft

As you could probably surmise by my name, I’m pretty white. One time at a political convention in Worcester, a man who must have...

Following the Saturday Evening Girls Up on the Roof

On my recent visit back to the North End I just had to go to I AM Books in North Square and buy a...

Downtown View: Passive vs. Active

Boston is an odd city in many ways. We do have a lion and a unicorn, but our favorite icons are a grasshopper (Faneuil...

Downtown View: Raise Your Kids in the City

It’s a familiar story. Twenty-somethings enjoy living downtown. Then they have kids. After a couple of years they depart for the suburbs. They have...

Act of Generosity by North End Friend

On Saturday, September 16th, the Friends of the North End celebrated its 45th annual reunion. A 50/50 drawing was held with proceeds going equally...

From The Director’s Desk: Helpful Neighbors and National Senior Center Month

September letter from Maria Stella Gulla, Director of ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center. The summer is rapidly drawing to a close,...

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...