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Fixing a Highway-Shaped Hole in the Heart of Black Boston

dudleysquarelead_1400_933_80In Dudley Square, residents are organizing to ensure that the next round of urban renewal benefits them.

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Where Did the Term “Gerrymander” Come From?

Elbridge Gerry was a powerful voice in the founding of the nation, but today he’s best known for the political practice with an amphibious origin.

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The Brief Period, 200 Years Ago, When American Politics Was Full of “Good Feelings”

independence_day_celebration_in_centre_squareJames Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government – but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing again.

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5 Ways L.A. Could Change the Olympic Games Model for the Better

LA_Olympics_1_920_613_80Hosting the Olympics is often a bad deal for cities. Here are five ways a Los Angeles Olympics could set a better precedent for future host cities — and one reason it might not.

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The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolution

mercy_otis_warren_bronze_statue_at_barnstable_county_courthouseMercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independence.

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“I Hope It Is Not Too Late”: How the U.S. Decided to Send Millions of Troops Into World War I


The Allies were desperate for reinforcements, but the U.S. wasn’t quite ready to provide them.

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Detroit’s DIY Cure for Urban Blight

detroitRecovering from bankruptcy, the city created the country’s largest land bank to transform a surplus of abandoned properties into livable, tax-paying homes.

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The Detroit Success Story Visible From Space: Broke and going dark, the city figured out a way to pay for tens of thousands of new, brighter streetlights.