Spring 2007

Frozen in time

Frozen in time

first-time visitors to the Massachusetts House of Representatives are struck by its beauty and grandeur. The royal blue carpeting, the walls of rich, Honduran mahogany, and the massive electronic roll-call boards are striking. More distinctive are the Sacred Cod, the five murals by Albert Herter known collectively as “Milestones on the Road to Freedom,” and(...)

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With all due respect

With all due respect

this spring, al gore testified before Congress on global warming, which he considers an imminent threat to the survival of the planet. When Sen. James Inhofe began his questioning, he dismissed Gore outright, referring to “peer-reviewed scientists” who are “radically at odds with your claims.” Gore paused, as if to say three “one-one thousands.” Then(...)

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Plymouth’s Cordage park showed how to make Chapter 40R and smart growth work for both towns and developers

Plymouth’s Cordage park showed how to make Chapter 40R and smart growth work for both towns and developers

despite recent downward pressure on home prices, the cost of housing remains a major concern for nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts residents, according to a poll released in February by the University of Massachusetts and the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. The same poll found that residents overwhelmingly support the construction of affordable housing-even in their(...)

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Hidden no more

Hidden no more

five years ago, I wrote an article for The Boston Globe about home-based, high-tech businesses in my Amherst neighborhood. I had no idea that what seemed to be a minor trend would eventually hold huge significance for the U.S. economy, thanks in part to the Baby Boomer generation. I called these businesses “hidden tech” for(...)

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Seeing red

Seeing red

Civility and government revenue are both in short supply in Holbrook

holbrook When first-term Holbrook Selectman Katherine Connolly and her husband started their car on Valentine’s Day, they knew something was wrong. They got out to discover their two front tires had been punctured. “I called the police and the officer came out and just shook his head,” Connolly says. As she tells it, the officer(...)

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Going dutch

Going dutch

Illustrations by Travis Foster State officials and legislators looking for a justifiable trade junket might want to get some plane tickets to Amsterdam. A new report from the International Trade Administration (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) points to the Netherlands as the Bay State’s biggest export market in 2005-taking in $3 billion, or(...)

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