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The fight for Dorchester's open city council seat is more like a school election than a modern political one

The Dorchester district that Maureen Feeney has represented since 1993 is now perhaps the most diverse in the city — and of all the council districts, its percentages of white, black, Asian, and Hispanic residents most closely reflects Boston as a whole
Old school
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 16, 2011
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Urban Fest gets ugly

It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011

Q&A #3: At-Large City Council

Bundling a few questions on the topic -- "Jim-C" asks: Predictions:  Order of finish in Boston City Council At-Large race in November? "BeantownBill" asks: What...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 01, 2011
Tom Menino outraged over skate-culture t-shirts on Newbury Street at Nike store

What other vaguely offensive things should Mayor Menino ban next?

Boston Mayor Tom Menino doesn't like anyone sending bad messages to the impressionable children of his city — you may recall his outrage over the sale of STOP SNITCHING T-shirts a couple of years ago. Last week, he discovered another sordid example: T-s
Dope smackdown
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  July 01, 2011
Muzzle Awards free speech offenders

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards

To understand just how disappointing Barack Obama has been on civil liberties, you need only consider the case of David House, a founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network.  
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2011

traniwreck at boston pride parade

Photos: 2011 Boston gay pride parade

Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011
Boston Pride hosted its 41st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Third Annual Phoenix Memorial Day look at the laughable state of Massachusetts politics

Hey, thanks for having me back for the Third Annual Boston Phoenix Memorial Day Political Roast! Good to see so many of you here — the last time I saw this many Beacon Hill insiders in one place was on the prospective witness list for the Sal DiMasi t
Ready, Aim — Roast
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 27, 2011
mayor menino's new hubway bicycle sharing program in boston

Boston's new hubway system could transform how you get around town

On April 21, amid a throng of cyclists gathered at City Hall Plaza, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced that the city had just inked a deal to institute a bike-sharing system that would be operational by mid-summer this year.
Learning to share
By TOM MEEK  |  May 13, 2011
boston bike share program at Tufts University

An interview with the co-founder of Tufts Bikes

While Boston's Hubway program was announced at the end of April to great fanfare, Tufts senior Daniel Heller beat them to the punch with a campus-centric bike-sharing program, Tufts Bikes (, which launched on April 1.
Heller on wheels
By MIKE GOETZMAN  |  May 13, 2011

No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011

Thomas Menino plans to run for mayor of Boston yet again

Tom Menino's final term as mayor? Don't bet on it.

Mark this down: Tom Menino, already the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, will run for re-election in 2013.  
Here He Goes Again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 29, 2011

Don't shortchange the arts

Building a state budget in these challenging economic times is a thankless task. So much needs to be done, and there is so little cash with which to do it.
Plus: DeLeo's welcome health-insurance fix, and bicycles and burritos — only in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  April 29, 2011

New In The Phoenix -- Will Menino Run Again?

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I write that all signs point to Boston Mayor Tom...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 28, 2011

It's a reasonable bet that gaming could once again gridlock Beacon Hill

Gaming bills have plagued the last two legislative sessions on Beacon Hill.
Slow play
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 01, 2011

Q&A #8: Menino

 "Venkman" asks: Will there be an open mayoral race in Boston in 2012? Will there be a race at all? "Alan B." asks: You have...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q&A #3: Senate '12/Mayor '13

 Ask Me Anything Day rolls on! "RMC Strategies" asks: Could you handicap the top 4 folks in the US Senate dem primary (based on assumptions...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Q&A #3: Menino-LaMattina Power Play?

Ask Me Anything Day is gaining momentum!!! "Joe Belino" asks: Because of Sal LaMattina being named Boston City Council Vice President do you think that...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011

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

My Year In Tweets

It turns out, you can be pretty snarky in 140 characters. I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now (follow me at,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 28, 2010
Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old

Community Leaders Hold Press Conference Outside BPD Headquarters To Address Videotaped Police Beating of 16-year-old

One surefire way to rile activists is to beat a teenager in plain sight, and tell witnesses that they can't record the free-for-all. Needless to...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 28, 2010


The new Combat Zone?

As such savage acts often do, the quadruple homicide in Mattapan this past month lured platoons of journalists to Boston's communities of color.
The recent murders in Mattapan only hint at the problems that fester on and around Blue Hill Avenue
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 22, 2010

Please, Mayor Menino, talk to Chiofaro

When Boston Mayor Thomas Menino took his oath of office for an unprecedented fifth term this past January, he made a promise that raised many eyebrows.
You promised. There is too much at stake not to do so.
By EDITORIAL  |  September 17, 2010

BUMP up the volume

Local opener M-Dot got arrested on some bullshit for scuffling with state troopers at last Saturday’s Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP) festival on City Hall Plaza.
City Hall Plaza all the rage for 10,000 revelers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 13, 2010

Kings of the road

On Sunday, Maurice "Big Moe" Hill dished out barbecue from the cramped, hot kitchen of his M&M Ribs truck. His face shone with sweat under his white cloth cap; his T-shirt, spattered with sauce, bore the words EAT WELL! STAY FIT! DIE ANYWAY!
Keep on Food Truckin'
By SI ROSENBAUM  |  August 13, 2010

Basil Marceaux: American hero

Meet Basil Marceaux, Tennessee gubernatorial candidate and proud graduate of the Tom Menino School of Public Speaking. He wants a more freer state, and for...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 05, 2010

Menino's Evil Bike Plan!!!

The big news in Boston, reported by the Globe's Donovan Slack (who I thought was going down to the DC bureau! I guess not quite...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 04, 2010

Exclusive: Sam Yoon Leaving Boston

Sam Yoon, former Boston City Councilor and 2009 mayoral candidate, is moving to the Washington, DC area -- a move, he tells the Phoenix, that comes...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 27, 2010

Menino's money problems

David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010

Dead Kids

Boston's violence promotes more violence, and its murders beget even more murder.
Startling sociological findings about violence and Boston's inner-city youth
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 11, 2010