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Removing Urban Highways: Thank the Big Dig

Over the past couple of months, there has been a spate of articles celebrating cities that are getting rid of their urban highways. The Christian Science Monitor had an article discussing New Haven’s urban reclamation efforts. NPR reported the following: How did this happen? After all, this is the country that always saw roads as…

Last evening, I was walking back to my apartment, and I was stopped by a young woman on crutches who said, “I don’t mean to bother you, but do you have a moment? I’m trying to get a train from Back Bay Station.” Even if I hadn’t recognized her, anyone who lives in Boston knows…

Sidewalk Rage Isn’t a ‘Mental Illness’

It’s called living in Boston. Unbeknownst to the Mad Biologist, we read that some mental health professionals believe ‘sidewalk rage’ is a psychiatric disorder: Researchers say the concept of “sidewalk rage” is real. One scientist has even developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to map out how people express their fury. At its most extreme,…

No, I’m not referring to the Radical Homosexual Pirate Menance. I’m referring to Boston’s ongoing fight with the galliform hordes. Unspeakable, I tell you.

Dennis Lehane on Living in Boston

By way of Tim Smith, we come across this description of living in Boston by novelist Dennis Lehane: …More than one friend had suggested we move to the suburbs — homes were cheaper, schools were safer, property taxes and car insurance premiums were lower. [We] grew up together in the city, though. We took to…

I ask this because Boston’s local gourmet pizza chain, Upper Crust, which is loved by foodies, has been massively exploiting its undocumented workers: Tobins [the owner of Upper Crust] needed lots of kitchen help; the Brazilians worked hard and didn’t complain about workweeks that routinely stretched to 80 hours. Marilac prospered as Upper Crust’s immigrant…

Last night, I went to the spanking brand new Art of the Americas Wing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a beautiful space. If you’re a regular denizen of the MFA, you’ve probably seen some of the pieces on temporary exhibit, but it’s great to see them enter…

Yes, I’m travelling today, but that doesn’t mean I can’t harangue you (and, yes, I sent in my absentee ballot). If you’re a member of the Coalition of the Sane, tomorrow’s election, at the national level, is unappealing. The Congressional Democrats’ unofficial motto of “Vote for us because we won’t be as dreadful as the…

Boston of the Future Viewed from 1908

The Boston Public Library has a really cool exhibit about postcards related to Boston. Here’s one I thought was funny from 1908 (based on the postage, I think it’s 1908): I want my own unidirigible! Too bad Boston doesn’t really look like this…. If you can’t get to the library, the postcards are online here.

Despite The Boston Phoenix’s running articles that occasionally contain the word fuck, as well as having an ‘adult section’ complete with ads for ‘massage’ (why one has to wear a bikini to give a massage escapes me; also, prostitution isn’t exactly feminist), their politics are about as alternative or radical as a wet noodle. This…