Category Archives: Boston

Some Thoughts on Charter Schools

So Monday’s post seemed to set off the charter school advocates. I’ll blame instructor error, but the little Twitter storm that erupted didn’t seem to deal with the larger–and factually accurate–claim that Massachusetts built one of the best educational systems … Continue reading

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Mass Transit: You Get What You (Don’t) Pay For

From afar, it appears that Boston’s MBTA is not handling the incessant snow very well (boldface mine): Details will be sorted out over time, but initial reports suggest more than a third of Red Line and Orange Line trains disabled; … Continue reading

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Snow Days For Adults

Yves Smith argues that the massive snow shutdowns represent a change for the worse in the U.S. (boldface mine): But even with the worst of the snowstorm now hitting further north, were the extreme safety measures justified? Drivers have been … Continue reading

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Does Electronic Surveillance Stop Terrorism? Not If We’re Stupid About It

One of the most frustrating things about our ‘War on Terror’ is the widespread belief that all of our intrusive surveillance actually does something. In reality, it often misses actual terrorists, in part because it is focused on non-violent left-wing … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on a Boston Olympics

I’ve waited a week to see if the overwhelming negative reaction to the possibility of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympcs by Bostonians changed. As far as I can tell, it hasn’t. Not only is requiring an Olympic games as a … Continue reading

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Year in Pictures Link Roundup: The Boston Edition

Here are some links to the year in pictures, the Boston version: Hose and Ice Aftermath Algonquin (Nearly) Unplugged My Own Private Pool Pictures From Boston’s Recent Snow Event Bronze Leaf Red Wreaths Dartmouth and Commonwealth

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Does WMATA Serve Its City’s Needs Better Than the MBTA?

While reading Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism by Benjamin Ross (it’s a very good book), I came across this (boldface mine): As much as the subways of the seventies were a reaction against urban expressways, … Continue reading

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