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Christian science center remodel

Redeveloping the Christian Science Plaza requires restraint. Plus, budget madness.

In the coming weeks, initial plans by the Christian Science Church to develop the plaza will be reviewed by a citizens advisory committee of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). This is the next step in an intricate process intended to balance the
An urban jewel
By EDITORIAL  |  July 08, 2011
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Local experts predict the Boston of the future

There's more to imagining our city's future than placing bets on when Hizzoner will retire (which is just an exercise in futility at this point).
Best Decade Ever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2011
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Dead end in Dudley

September was a sexy month for the future of Boston's landscape.
Boston's other big hole
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 01, 2010
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The Battle of Mission Hill

Oftentimes, inner-city dwellers who have to routinely phone police about disorderly neighbors fear retribution from gangbangers or drug dealers.
Town-versus-gown tempers are boiling over near the Northeastern campus, as residents charge the giant school with 'death by incrementalism'
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2010

Building block

Your editorial, “Menino’s Promise,” about Mayor Menino’s inauguration, stated: “He must shelve his reservations about becoming more involved in private development.”
Letters to the Boston editor, January 15, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010
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Boston rat rampage

Residents say that if you jam a leaf blower in the earth virtually anywhere in Allston, furry bottom feeders will be blown out of every crack and hole in sight and rain down like unsavory screeching meatballs. North Enders joke that something similar wou
Thanks to the global economic collapse, which has stalled initiated construction projects, Boston’s rat population is surging
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 06, 2009


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Difference of opinion

It’s been three months since Peter Canellos replaced Renée Loth as editor of the Boston Globe ’s editorial page.
Peter Canellos reinvents Globe ’s editorial page. Plus, Tom Menino’s campaign gets late-breaking help from the Banner and Herald .
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 06, 2009
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For Mayor: Vote Flaherty + Yoon

Boston’s mayoral candidates are running campaigns that are variations on a theme.
Boston District City Council: Henriquez, Ross, ciommo, LaMattina
By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2009
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Knight of night life

The most feared man in Boston isn’t a crazy-eyed killer or a brutal street thug — he’s an elected official. Evidence? When was the last time you heard a disgruntled Boston businessperson publicly criticize Mayor Tom Menino?
Taking on Boston’s biggest bully
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 23, 2009
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Disclosure: not a dirty word

The City Hall e-mail scandal that has scored headlines in recent weeks exemplifies Mayor Thomas Menino's antagonistic — almost contemptuous — attitude toward public accountability.
Menino's shame and Kerry's blunder. Plus, Olympic follies.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 02, 2009
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Vote Yoon

Barring supernatural intervention next Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Menino is expected to top the ticket in Boston's four-candidate mayoral preliminary. The final vote will take place November 3.
It is time for Boston to debate its future
By EDITORIAL  |  September 18, 2009


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Menino's 50-Percent Solution

For years, many in Boston (including here at the Phoenix ) have lamented the absence of a vigorous campaign that would force the long-time incumbent to defend his record and discuss the issues.
The incumbent mayor is going to cruise through the upcoming preliminary. So why does his campaign seem to be taking it so seriously?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 11, 2009
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Flaherty's fix for the BRA

Your recent article regarding the upcoming preliminary election for mayor of Boston, inaccurately portrays my proposal for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the city’s planning and development agency.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 21, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 21, 2009
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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009

State of the State House coverage

Adam Reilly made an erroneous assumption when he bemoaned the loss of State House news coverage with the downsizing of the Boston Globe . Fortunately, Boston is still a two-newspaper town.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 10, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 10, 2009

System failure

In the “Talking Politics” column “Mass betrayal,” you attribute our state’s long, sad history of corrupt politicians to the culture of the State House. You’re probably right.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 3, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 03, 2009


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Tiananmen 2.0?

The presidential election stolen from Mir Hossein Mousavi was not really an election at all. It was a sham, an elaborate beauty contest produced by the Islamist theocracy that holds the real power in Iran. The mullahs pick the candidates and the outcome.
The Iranian uprising; plus, Yoon disses the BRA
By EDITORIAL  |  June 19, 2009
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Last biscuit in the oven

On that next trip to Whole Foods or the farmers' market, your favorite small-batch cookies, jams, and jellies might be hard to find.
Nuestra's culinary misadventure
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2009
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Racism in real estate

After more than a decade in the business, the real-estate agent knew that many landlords had very narrow ideas about whom they did and didn't want living in their apartments and houses. Most of them were fairly subtle about it. "I want the right people,
Keeping the neighborhoods white
By SEAN FLYNN  |  May 15, 2009
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He's number three

The conditions seem perfect for  Kevin McCrea's latest YouTube video : warm for February, reasonably sunny, no sonic competition from nearby construction.
How seriously should Boston take long-shot mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea?
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 18, 2009
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Artists get the shaft

On a tour of the studios at 337 Summer Street, Jen Mecca, a textile artist, points out some of the spaces recently vacated by artists and craftsmen, including a pair of furniture makers who left for Somerville.
The city gives Fort Point's creative residents the finger
By TED SIEFER  |  January 28, 2009


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Budgeting your time

There are two possible reasons Friday is the best day of the week for a college student.
For students, part-time jobs mean pocket money, freedom, scheduling conflicts, and stress
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2009

An accidentally tragic timeline

Your “Terror Masala” article, unintentionally of course, is very timely in view of the atrocities in Mumbai.
Letters to the Boston editor, December 12, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 10, 2008

Menino's mosque II

Making sense of what went on; taking action for the future
Making sense of what went on; taking action for the future
By EDITORIAL  |  December 10, 2008
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The PTech connection?

Between late 2002 and early 2003, the now defunct Fleet Bank in Boston attracted the attention of federal anti-terrorist investigators.
Banking with terrorists
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2008
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Menino's mosque

Most locals concede that getting anything of substance accomplished in Boston is a Herculean task.
The bizarre story behind the construction of Boston's most controversial building
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2008


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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 18, 2008

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By ADAM REILLY  |  November 06, 2008
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Don’t leave me this way

Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008

Unpopularity contest

I’d like to commend David S. Bernstein for pointing out that the mayor could have many promising challengers.
Letters to the Boston editor: December 21, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 19, 2007