Boston Balances Lofty Ambitions, Harsh Realities

Under the spotlight of the Democratic Convention, 'the city on a hill' faces the strain of modern pressures on traditional political, economic, and social landscapes.
July 27, 2004, 7am PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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The Big Dig, half patronage and half utopian planning, represents in many ways the problems of development in America's most historic city. On one side is the blue-collar Boston of ethnic ties, machine politics, and neighborhood cronyism. Tied to a declining way of life, this group is being left behind by the more progressive, more inclusive, and better educated areas of the city. As the "New Boston" emerges, many local institutions are forced to adapt to the future.

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Published on Monday, July 26, 2004 in The Seattle Times
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