Spring 2006

Spring 2006

Shifting Ground

Shifting Ground

Politically, Massachusetts is really 10 states, not one. And the borders keep moving.

 Illustrations By Travis Foster Four years ago, Mitt Romney beat Shannon O’Brien to become governor of Massachusetts. Another way to look at it is that the town of Westwood, where the Republican percentage of the vote increased by 10 points between 1998 and 2002, beat the city of New Bedford, where the Republican share dropped(...)

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Heritage Road Revisited

Heritage Road Revisited

In a Billerica subdivision, making it in the middle class is still a full-time job john and laura Peters ended up on Heritage Road in much the same way many others have landed on this quiet street of split-level ranch homes in a Billerica subdivision. After dreaming big, they came down to earth. The street(...)

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Hazardous Duty

Hazardous Duty

the department of social services was in the dock – again – and that meant Harry Spence was on the hot seat. This time, it was the horrifying tale of yet another child whose name became a household word synonymous with the failings of a state agency charged with protecting her. The tragedy of Haleigh(...)

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Paul La Camera takes WBUR local

Paul La Camera takes WBUR local

some 50 staff members of WBUR Radio have crowded into the third-floor cafeteria for a lunchtime event with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick. They settle into chairs or stand around the periphery, balancing sandwiches, chips, and soda. Bob Oakes, the station’s morning anchor, is the moderator. Turning to the candidate, Oakes says, “I’d like to(...)

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150th anniversary of a caning

In 1856, Charles Sumner’s tirade against slavery won him national fame – and a crack on the head us sen. edward Kennedy stirs up the emotions of both supporters and detractors. The Bay State’s senior senator rallies the Democratic Party faithful like nobody else. And the mere mention of his name, in a direct-mail piece,(...)

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Letters

Why do reporters assume they have the knowledge to judge one crime reduction strategy over another (“Crime and Puzzlement,” CW, Winter ’06)? Based on 35 years of experience in crime prevention through urban planning and design, I am constantly amazed by the shallowness of reporters’ judgments on which program works or doesn’t work. Reporters need(...)

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CW comes of age

CW comes of age

Spring 2006 Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me because I intend to write it.” In much the same vein, I intend, on the occasion of CommonWealth’s 10th anniversary issue, to say a few admittedly biased words of praise for the magazine I am proud to publish, and especially the team that puts(...)

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