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This is the grave of John Bigelow. Born in 1797 in Groton, Massachusetts, Bigelow was the son of the well-known lawyer and future Massachusetts Speaker of the House Timothy Bigelow. Like his father, John went to Harvard and then into the law. As one would expect from a well-off family, they were Whigs by the […]

Wu

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On November 3, 2021

Since it is Boston Mayor Day here at LGM, we should also focus on the great win of Michelle Wu. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party wasn’t able to win the presidency. Or the Virginia govern

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Organizing for Power

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On May 11, 2021
I mentioned last week that I had written the conclusion for the brand new book from Haymarket Press, Organizing for Power: Building a Twenty-First Century Labor Movement in Boston. I interviewed the editors–Avi Chomsky and Steve Striffler–and it is available on YouTube. Got cut off in the middle so there are two videos instead of […]
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Tonight’s selection is this 1972 documentary about Boston’s North End, titled Little Italy. I’ve gotten to know the neighborhood a bit over the years living in Providence. But what I most know it for is its role in Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities, where she uses it as the example […]
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Urban Renewal

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On October 16, 2015
I’m not sure how many museum exhibits have dealt with the disaster that is urban renewal honestly, especially in the affected neighborhood. So I really want to see this exhibit. In part so I can figure out what this is about: “What happened in the West End is not something we’re necessarily proud of, but […]

Dead Bid Walking

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On March 23, 2015

The ridiculous attempt to put the Olympics in Boston in 2024 is dying on the vine. Hosting the Olympics is a terrible idea for any city. For a old, cramped, expensive city like Boston with no room to

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