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

You wouldn’t know it from the complicated parking minimums built into Boston zoning rules, but many city residents would rather have a patio, or more square footage in their apartments, than a dedicated space for a car.

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For answers to housing woes, look to vibrant Davis Square

Thirty years ago, Davis Square in Somerville was a gritty corner of Greater Boston, far off most residents’ radar. A new subway station breathed new life into the neighborhood. The same potential for thriving redevelopment is vividly apparent in Forest Hills and in many other areas around transit stations — and together, these sites will hold the key to providing something Eastern Massachusetts desperately needs to make itself more welcoming: reasonably priced, transit-friendly housing that will attract newcomers to the city.

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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

When stores and restaurants shut down at night, life gets difficult for people who work long hours, or at odd hours. Among the pillars of Boston’s economy are institutions where 9-to-5 hours are far from universal — hospitals with overnight shifts; financial firms whose employees make deals in faraway time zones; and law firms whose billable-hour requirements keep attorneys at their desks deep into the night. Boston’s recent play for more tech firms, which abound with entrepreneurs who work late, only adds to the need for spots to shop, exercise, and get a bite to eat after 10 or 11 p.m.

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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.