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Opinion

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Boston’s inanity trail

Silly jokes and nonexistent nicknames don’t represent city

There is something about climbing onto a tour bus that feels faintly ridiculous. You’re submitting yourself to a canned version of whatever city you are visiting, and you are riding around in the can.

But superficial as they are, bus tours are often the only chance a visitor has to get an overview of a place, and the only opportunity a city has to tell its own story.

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