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Starts & Stops

‘You are here’ — except you are not

Debra e-mailed a few weeks ago with a photo of a map on an advertising kiosk in the Back Bay. At first glance, it looks like a fine map — there’s the Common, the State House, and even a little icon to guide visitors to the swan boats — except that it doesn’t show, well, the Back Bay.

“This map is at the corner of Clarendon and Boylston. But it does not show that corner,” wrote Debra, who lives in the Back Bay. “I have stopped repeatedly to help tourists who don’t know where they are, and I tell them it’s OK because they’re not on the map!”

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