Winter 2001

Winter 2001

New Economy New Philanthropy

Not long ago, at an estate-planning seminar, a Boston money manager told this story: He paid a call on an older couple who lived on Cape Cod. They had a modest home and kept the heat too low for his taste. But in their bank account, the money manager discovered, they were sitting on several(...)

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Hanging Tough

Hanging Tough

It’s not easy to take the pulse of somebody who won’t sit still. And that’s the problem with trying to take stock of the Cellucci-Swift administration at mid-term. Of course, if you ask Gov. Paul Cellucci and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift, they’ll tell you they’re not going anywhere, apart from the trade missions that regularly–some(...)

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Charitable Giving

Residents of Massachusetts, like New Englanders in general, are seen as notoriously stingy when it comes to sharing their shekels. But just how stingy has been hard to say. CommonWealth took a look at two oft-cited state-by-state comparisons of philanthropic benevolence and found that neither of them stands up to scrutiny. So we decided to(...)

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Starr power at the Springfield UnionNews

Starr power at the Springfield UnionNews

For a bunch of upstarts taking on the mayor, Springfield resident Karen Powell and her group, the Citizens Action Network (CANE), haven’t done too badly. They had already stopped a needle-exchange program in the city when they found a new cause: Mayor Michael J. Albano’s plan to build a $21.3 million minor-league baseball stadium downtown.(...)

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The death and life of American cities

The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space and Economic Change in an American Metropolis By Barry Bluestone and Mary Huff Stevenson Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2000, 461 pages Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival By Paul S. Grogan and Tony Proscio Westview Press, Boulder, 2000, 285 pages Over the past half-century, America grew into(...)

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Playing their cards rightmdashAn unlikely return to the White House for Bay State Republicans

Playing their cards rightmdashAn unlikely return to the White House for Bay State Republicans

WASHINGTON–The ouster of the last Republican presidential administration in 1992 brought an end to the special influence a small group of Massachusetts Republicans enjoyed within the inner sanctums of the White House. That influence dated back to 1979, when a handful of ambitious young Bay State politicos placed their bets on a long-shot presidential candidate(...)

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Bocce alone

In the North End, community grows by itself–but for how long? Five years ago, when I first told my Cambridge friends I was moving to Boston’s North End, they said I would be disappointed. My Italian grandmother notwithstanding, I wouldn’t find the sense of community and civic life I was looking for, they said, because(...)

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Wellfleet discovers that good help is hard to find

WELLFLEET–The tourists may leave each fall, but Wellfleet’s 3,100 year-round residents lend character to a town already rich with shops, restaurants, and spectacular seaside vistas. This Lower Cape community brings together artists, shellfishermen, retirees, and Yankee traditionalists. Yet some say the town’s very diversity has contributed to its difficulties finding the right person to run(...)

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Robert Moses on the new civil rights crusade

Robert Moses on the new civil rights crusade

Robert Moses became a legend of the Civil Rights Movement dodging bullets and taking beatings as he organized voter registration drives in Mississippi. Today, he is battling ignorance of a different kind, teaching African-American children across the country how to do–and understand–mathematics. And he considers himself no less a civil rights crusader now than he(...)

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