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THE DIGBOSTON 4.20 SENSIMILLA STIGMA SPECIAL

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At this point, there’s no legitimate reason to oppose marijuana. As demonstrated in the profile of Georgia pot reformer Sharon Ravert herein, even sensible conservatives are tired of the resources and lives squandered by the war on nonviolent casual users … Continue reading

SPECIAL: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF HUB HIP-HOP

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Like so much history about communities of color, the narrative of Boston hip-hop has been largely buried, ignored, forgotten. Thankfully, there remain innumerable artists, writers, fans, and even academics who, in the storytelling tradition rap music is rooted in, have kept dope alive via marvelous multimedia tributes. This whole package is dedicated to them. Continue reading

WHEN THE MOB RAN RAP MUSIC IN BOSTON: TDS MOB WAS THE HUB’S FIRST HUGE HIP-HOP HOPE …

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I interviewed Kool Gee the day after he rocked Wally’s. At his request, we met at the place where the TDS Mob story begins—the stoop of the old Tower Records on the corner of Newbury Street and Mass Ave. From there, he took me back to 1989, when TDS ran the calendar with a year of rap perfection. Continue reading

VETO POWER: DEVELOPERS RUN SOMERVILLE AND CAMBRIDGE AND THERE’S NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT

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At a moment when Americans seem eager to chase money out of politics, it’s disappointing that Cambridge officials proved unwilling to confront developers. And that doesn’t begin to describe the scene in Somerville, where last week Mayor Curtatone vetoed a campaign finance measure passed by the majority of aldermen. The ordinance would have capped political contributions from those working for municipal contractors at $250, half the $500 state limit. Continue reading

A WRITER USED TO LIVE HERE: HOW BOSTON’S NEW CORPORATE-BACKED LITERARY DISTRICT PROBABLY WON’T DO A DAMN THING FOR HUB WRITERS

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Although the Literary Cultural District is in no way responsible for the status of expiring use properties in or near its borders, its creation is likely to make it considerably more difficult for the area’s current low-income residents and writers to find affordable accommodations. Along with heightened tourist traffic and the associated revenue, the creation of cultural districts is typically accompanied by an increase in real estate values. Continue reading

BLUNT TRUTH: MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES RAISE HELL, DEMAND THAT MASS OBEY THE LAW

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What do you do when the state violates a law? Who do you troll when government is willfully prohibiting access to important medicine? Or when your elected representatives pocket millions from Big Pharma and healthcare conglomerates, but won’t let patients seek the treatment they want? The treatment they need? Continue reading

SPECIAL: THE FALL 2014 BOSTON BIKE ISSUE

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With a successful Boston Bike Week behind us, the elite Mayor’s Cup on Saturday (September 20), and the all-inclusive Hub on Wheels this Sunday (September 21), we figure now is the ideal moment to formally join the pro-cycle chorus. Not only as cheerleaders, but by addressing prehistoric problems in new ways that hopefully spur conversation and action. Continue reading

CAN’T WE ALL JUST PEDAL ON? THE CASE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS TO WORK TOGETHER

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Whether you respect bike rights or spite them, riders are here, they’re in gear, so you’d better make some room for them. That considered, and on the premise that this city and most any other can immensely benefit from collaboration between cyclists and those who hoof it, we paved a road map toward tandem teamwork.
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