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Miriam Komaromy, Brendan Concannon, and Sarah Porter
Cities are experimenting with creative temporary housing solutions. Zuri-Kinshasa Maria Terry, 46, smiles inside the Tiny Home she recently moved into after experiencing homelessness, at the Tarzana Tiny Home Village, which offers temporary housing for homeless people in Los Angeles.

Transitional housing is key to solving the crisis at Mass. and Cass

A place for temporary stabilization allows people to escape their fear, and to sleep, wash, think about engaging with treatment, and prepare to transition to permanent supportive housing.

Steven W. Tompkins
Tents and makeshift shelters line Topeka Street in the area known as Mass. and Cass in Boston on Sept. 8.

On Mass. and Cass, all options should be on the table

That includes my proposal to turn a house of correction into a recovery site.

Joan Vennochi
The statue of Christopher Columbus in the North End was vandalized on June 10, 2020. The statue was permanently removed the next day.

As power shifts in Boston, it’s goodbye to Columbus Day

There’s a time for those in power to appease one downtrodden constituency — Italian Americans — and a time for the next rising group to appease another downtrodden constituency — the descendants of people who were here when their land was taken and colonized.


With COVID-19, every disagreement became a culture-war flashpoint

One year after the Great Barrington Declaration was issued, its warnings seem prudent.

Annissa Essaibi George's accent is authentic. Yet in a city whose aspirations for world-class sophistication run head-on into its stubborn parochialism, it’s a tangible emblem of kinship for older white voters in a city that increasingly looks and thinks less like them.

When a Boston accent becomes a dog whistle

How Annissa Essaibi George speaks offers kinship to her white base in a city that increasingly looks and sounds less like them.

Rusty Jackson, 71, sits near near the Lubec harbor in Maine. Jackson said he was vaccinated not just for COVID-19 but for the flu as well.

Common COVID-19 sense — and some strange sensibilities — in Downeast Maine

Most interviewees were vaccinated, but some dismissed the pandemic as flu-like and overhyped.

Jasmine Gonzales Rose
The US Supreme Court building on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C.

The Supreme Court case that seeks to hold police officers accountable

How a little procedural rule before the Supreme Court has big consequences for racialized police misconduct in New England and beyond.

Joe Favaloro
In 2019, bottled water was provided near a fountain in Center School in Stow. Water fountains were shut off and food prep moved after findings of elevated levels of PFAS chemicals. These are the state's first schools where elevated levels of these so-called forever chemicals have been found.

Communities have a water problem. Is there a win-win solution?

Here’s one: Expand access to the MWRA’s supply so residents of PFAS-afflicted communities get safe water while avoiding the need to pay billions for their own safeguards.