Winter 2008

Winter 2008

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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The bottom line

The bottom line

you could say Maine’s lobster industry has been on a roll. By throwing back breeding lobsters, Maine’s lobstermen have preserved their fishery and actually increased its size, even as other seafood species have been badly depleted by overfishing. But research by marine biologists, many of them from Massachusetts, shows that lobstering gear is killing endangered(...)

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Correspondence

IT’S NOT FAIR TO PUNISH MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES In reference to your article “Municipal Meltdown” (CW, Fall ’07), I would like to set the record straight. You stated that the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts “opposed” the GIC law [allowing municipalities to join the state’s Group Insurance Commission as an alternative to negotiating health insurance coverage with(...)

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Engineering challenge

Engineering challenge

Photo by Frank Curran Ioannis Miaoulis swears he has nothing against dinosaurs or grasshoppers. That’s a good thing, since he presides over Boston’s Museum of Science, which attracts more than 1.6 million visitors each year, many of them interested in all manner of creatures, both living and extinct. There is still plenty at the museum(...)

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Mass. in the middle

Mass. in the middle

at the end of 2007, “free-market economists” Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer—most famous for the “Laffer Curve” illustrating the idea that higher tax rates can actually bring in less revenue—touted yet another ranking of the states based on economic strength. “States with a high propensity to tax and spend are finding their most wealthy and(...)

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Mixed-use project raises hope for Salisbury Beach comeback

Mixed-use project raises hope for Salisbury Beach comeback

INTRO TEXT Like the wooden roller coaster that once dominated its Atlantic Ocean skyline, Salisbury Beach’s economic fortunes have climbed and fallen with changing times and demographics. Once a summer magnet drawing crowds from the Merrimack Valley and beyond to its wide sand beach and a center packed with rides, games, and other entertainment, Salisbury(...)

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