Open Up, Boston

A series of editorials.

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Take note, mayoral hopefuls, as burdens of history recede

Candidates Felix Arroyo (from left), John Barros, Dan Conley, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, Bill Walczak, and Marty Walsh participated in a mayoral forum on Tuesday.

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Some problems that Boston has faced are no longer pressing, but as the city prepares to elect a new mayor, other issues call for attention.

Fort Point resident Christine Vaillancourt toured a model 300-square-foot apartment exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects in March.

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Let developers think small, creating new housing for all

The obvious way to bring rents in Boston down is to relax the prohibition on smaller units, and to encourage their construction all across the city.

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To revive city’s Main Streets, get more liquor licenses

In a risky, competitive business built on perishable ingredients and low margins, the ability to sell alcohol gives restaurateurs much-needed breathing room.

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Build future with new people, not old ideas about parking

All that’s happened in the two generations since the bruising neighborhood battles of the 1970s calls for rethinking how people and vehicles share space in a dense city.

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For answers to housing woes, look to vibrant Davis Square

Transit-friendly areas like Somerville’s Davis Square allow for the emergence of reasonably priced housing, something that’s vital for the growth of Eastern Mass.

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// Austin flexes its tech muscles, so why can’t we?

One of the key economic challenges Boston faces would be dramatically countered if the city played host to an event like Austin’s South by Southwest festival.


Restoration Hardware fiasco hints at a broader need

The episode still made it clear that even on a Wednesday night, in the wind and freezing rain, there’s an exuberance in Boston that’s just waiting to be channeled.

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A 24-hour city is a vibrant, accommodating city

It’s time for Boston to rethink its broad resistance to late-night commerce in an effort to accommodate the many people who don’t work 9-to-5 hours.

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To keep newcomers, promote a more welcoming civic life

Somewhere near the heart of Boston’s civic life is an inner circle that can widen its boundaries to include more of the region’s leading innovators.