Samuel True Adams

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The incredibly vanishing Boston voter

The incredibly vanishing Boston voter

City residents turn out for presidential races, but have become increasingly scarce in municipal elections

WE HAVE LOOKED at voter turnout in each off-year Boston City Council election beginning in 1985 – the first off-year election after the change in the structure of government brought about by a referendum four years prior.  There has been a decline in participation in off-year city elections, even as the population has increased and(...)

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Kid-free Boston

Kid-free Boston

A sharp decline in children is dramatically reshaping the city

IN A 2011 Boston Globe op-ed, columnist Scot Lehigh asked: “Where are the snow shovelers of yesteryear?” He suggested that the once-eager entrepreneurs must be more consumed by Facebook, texting, and video games than by making a few quick dollars trudging through the snow and slush. This winter’s snowfall has many Bostonians echoing Lehigh’s question. We crunched some numbers and now we have(...)

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What’s the matter with Blackstone?

The steady move to the right of Worcester County’s small working-class towns

Ten years ago, journalist and historian Thomas Frank published What’s the Matter With Kansas? The book was an exploration of the political transformation of his home state, which had gone from hotbed of left-wing populism in the late 1800s to heartland of rock-ribbed conservative Republicanism. The title refers to the argument put forward by Frank,(...)

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