Posted inArts and Culture

Public spaces define our identity

SOMETHING AT A RECENT exhibit at the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map Center caught my eye. In the dozens of maps that trace the city’s history over the centuries since its founding, mapmakers reflect the desires, values, and anxieties of their time. As decades pass, filling a marshy peninsula with new people and ideas, maps […]

Posted inEconomy

Sandwich shop struggling on Boston Common

THE EARL OF SANDWICH is struggling financially at its Boston Common restaurant location, with losses mounting and revenues declining. The city of Boston hasn’t taken a hit—rental payments to the city are a flat $50,000 a year, not a percentage of sales—but the deteriorating financial situation raises concerns about whether the restaurant chain will stick […]