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Save the pool: readers reflect on the Christian Science Center landmark

Boston has a special place when it comes to the history of modern urban spaces in the United States. It has one of the worst of such spaces — the plaza in front of City Hall — and one of the best, the plaza of the Christian Science Center.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 23, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2010
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A turbine grows in Warwick

If all goes well, Shalom Housing in Warwick, a division of Jewish Seniors Agency, will be the home of a 100-kilowatt wind turbine, part of new federal “green” stimulus award of up to $1.5 million from the US Housing and Urban Development to retrofit the
Windy City
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  November 06, 2009
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Can we fix our broken suburbs?

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, wraps up its fall run with a look at the American adventure in suburbia.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 23, 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

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

Battle over open space in North Providence

Will the last large piece of open space in North Providence turn into the site of 47 single family homes? That decision currently rests with the Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The outcome could jeopardize open space p
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 29, 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
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Gardner growing pains

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s will is explicit: the experience she choreographed for visitors to her museum must continue in perpetuity.
Her will be done
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 19, 2007
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Clash on the Providence waterfront

A specter is haunting the Providence waterfront — the prospect of change.
High-stakes battle pits competing visions for key real estate
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007

Stone soul picnic

This article originally appeared in the October 5, 1982 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

By D.C. DENISON  |  October 11, 2007
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Saving a sinking waterfront

The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.
Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order
By DEIRDRE FULTON, CHRISTOPHER GRAY, AND JEFF INGLIS  |  August 29, 2007


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Edifice complex

You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007
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Walk the talk

Boston is billed as America’s premier pedestrian city, but is it really true?
Despite Boston’s pedestrian-friendly reputation, there’s plenty of room for improvement
By DAVID EISEN  |  January 17, 2007
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Beautiful disaster

What we think of as “progress” — urban development, industrialization — has been proceeding at a rapid rate in China over the past decade, with significant environmental and human consequences.
Edward Burtynsky at Tufts, Kara Walker at the Addison, and ‘Works from the Permanent Collection’ at the Rose
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 17, 2007
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Psychoactive Providence

With activities encompassing parties, outdoor performance art, parades, roundtable discussions, and film screenings, Provflux examines the interface between humans and their cityscape from many different angles.
Provflux III finds treasure in the city’s urban fabric
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  May 24, 2006