Winter 2008

Winter 2008

A question of equity

A question of equity

Nine black students, protected by the 101st AirborneDivision of the US Army, began classes at the all-whiteLittle Rock Central High School in 1957.Photo by UPI/LANDOV. as new england prepared to cheer on the Boston Red Sox starting nine at Fenway Park in late October, another starting nine basked in their own standing “O” a few(...)

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No-shout zone

No-shout zone

jerry from mattapan never knew what hit him. It’s a Monday evening in late October, and the journalist Sally Bedell Smith is a guest on NightSide with Dan Rea, on WBZ-AM (1030). For the past half-hour Rea has been interviewing Smith about her new book on Bill and Hillary Clinton, For Love of Politics. Now(...)

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House hikes

House hikes

UPDATE: Get town-level data on average property-tax bills for single-family households in 2000 and 2009 as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF. Note that the state’s Division of Local services does not calculate property-tax averages for communities granting residential exemptions, including Boston. property tax relief may be the Holy Grail of Massachusetts politics (it’s even touted as(...)

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Dispatches

Dispatches

HISTORIC HANGAR AS THE NEW WALDEN POND? Ah, the civilized village of Concord. Home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and historic landmarks like the Old North Bridge, Walden Pond, and… Hangar 24? Yes, Concord town meeting voters recently won a skirmish with Massport without firing a shot. They added the decrepit (but, they(...)

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Welcome to Gomorrah

ever meet a guy from Blubber Hollow? What about a chick from Podunk? If someone told you they were from Honey Pot or Fiddler’s Green, would you know what they were talking about? These places really exist, as part of Salem, Brookfield, Norfolk, and Bolton, according to the Secretary of State’s office. There are 1,828(...)

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Generation slap

Generation slap

Jon Keller blames liberal Baby Boomers for all the woes of our Bluest State

mushy-middle political columnists often despair over the “blame game” that has supposedly poisoned American politics. And when a questionable use of taxpayer money appears on the front page of the Boston Herald, the parties caught red-handed often complain about nickel-and-dime stories getting so much attention when there are so many larger political issues to worry(...)

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Going global

Going global

you would think that Massachusetts, a leader in many cutting-edge economic sectors, would have a comprehensive overall strategy to ensure that it has a competitive edge in the global economy. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth does not have such a plan. As a result, we are beginning to fall behind other states in the race to secure(...)

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The money pit

residents of massachusetts do not need to be reminded just how expensive construction can be. Now practically as famous as the Freedom Trail or the Red Sox, the Big Dig has come to represent everything good and bad about the Bay State. Once estimated to cost $2.2 billion, the tunnel and highway project cost more(...)

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Park benchmarks

Park benchmarks

the state department of Conservation and Recreation recently announced that it will defer filing environmental reports on the rebuilding of Storrow Drive, with the likely result that repairs to the section near the Charles River Esplanade will not begin before 2011. Perhaps there is an opportunity in this delay. What if we were to take(...)

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