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A Boston story in 50 words

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Along a sidewalk south of the Common, a young guy in a suit looks up from his phone and asks for directions to Faneuil Hall. I reply: On foot or by T? “Oh, I’m playing Pokemon Go,” he says; he’ll just chase Pikachu all the way there. I point northeastward.