Old Boston, New Boston: A Work In Progress

The struggle between tradition and innovation has characterized the city since colonial days.
July 24, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"During the convention, the city will point to the near-complete megaproject as a symbol of a visionary "New Boston," a city that is brainy, innovative, progressive, and tolerant - part Athens, part Silicon Valley, part Greenwich Village.But that's just one side of Boston's persona, and the Dig also symbolizes flaws in this city's character - from neighborhood turf wars to political cronyism that critics cite as a factor behind the project's huge cost overruns.And beneath all that, the Dig encapsulates in 2004 a tension that has characterized this city since colonial days: the struggle between tradition and innovation."

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Published on Friday, July 23, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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