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Was this the worst Emmys ever?

Posted by Alex Pearlman September 23, 2013 12:58 PM

Why, voters? Why?

Are you still depressed after watching last night's celebration of death, also known as the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards? Still reeling from the pointless musical meta-number in the middle of the show? Still stunned at the way they turned "Game of Thrones" into an interpretive dance? Still bonking your head against the wall and crying out, "Jeff Daniels???!!!"

The universe has spoken, and the cosmos agree: Last night's Emmys should win a prize for award show shame. Here are some reactions. Chime in with yours in the comments, or tweet us @BostonComment - and feel free to defend the show, if you dare.


Meet the Mayoral Candidates: How would you curb congestion?

Posted by Joanna Weiss September 19, 2013 01:47 PM


"The third rail for the next mayor of Boston is traffic." That's how the Globe's Derrick Jackson started his column last week, which spelled out the looming crisis -- huge amounts of new construction in the works, in a city that is already choked with congestion.

We teamed up with Derrick to ask the candidates what they'd do to solve the problem. Their full answers are below. Derrick thought the candidates talked too much about biking -- "important, but not sufficient," he wrote -- and too little about bolder and riskier ideas, such as the congestion fees imposed on drivers in Stockholm and London. Do you agree or disagree? Will the ideas here solve Boston's looming commuter crisis? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @BostonComment.


10 Innovative Ideas Boston Should Embrace

Posted by Alex Pearlman September 18, 2013 01:41 PM

In this guest post, urban strategist Scott Burnham presents ten new ideas – inspired by cities around the world – that could revitalize Boston's urban landscape. Tell us what you think: Add your ideas to the comments below, or tweet us with the hashtag #BostonIdeas

By Scott Burnham

The Big Dig has its critics, but few can deny that it was a big, bold idea that made cities everywhere pay attention. What if the next big idea for Boston wasn’t actually that big -- but, instead, was a series of smaller ideas about smart, resourceful ways to use the city's physical assets?

Around the world, cities are finding bold and interesting ways ways to repurpose, re-imagine, and reprogram what they have. With the new mayor on the horizon – and several campaigns touting the importance of innovation – can Boston tap into the new generation of urban creativity?

Here are ten ideas to consider.


Who in the World is Boston's Next Mayor: The Game

Posted by Alex Pearlman September 18, 2013 11:23 AM

We made a video game! Play our 8-bit, animated opus, in which you can choose any one of Boston's many transit lines and find yourself on an epic (and educational) adventure through the city.

We are not responsible for your wasted time at work.

Check it out here:

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Meet the Mayoral Candidates: The Personality Quiz

Posted by Joanna Weiss September 11, 2013 11:53 AM

Over our last few months of questioning the candidates on issues large and small, we've gotten a pretty good sense of them as people. Now, we can help you do the same: Take our super-scientific personality quiz to discover which candidate matches your habits and preferences.

For a link to the poll, click here.

To read up on the issues and find out how the candidates fared in our #LabDebates, click here. And here. And here....

This week: More #LabDebates

Posted by Joanna Weiss September 10, 2013 07:20 AM

By popular demand, we're hosting another round of #LabDebates with the mayoral candidates this week, featuring new groups of candidates and highlighting issues facing Boston. Here's the lineup:

Boston as a College Town
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 1 p.m.
City Councilor Felix Arroyo
Co-founder of Codman Square Health Center Bill Walczak
State Representative Martin Walsh
City Councilor Charles Yancey

Diversity in Boston
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Former School Committee member John Barros
District Attorney Dan Conley
Former State Representative Charlotte Golar Richie
Former teacher David Wyatt

Arts and Culture in Boston
Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Touch 106.1 Co-Founder Charles Clemons
City Councilor John Connolly
City Councilor Rob Consalvo
City Councilor Mike Ross

As before, the debates will stream live on -- or you can RSVP to join our studio audience here. Either way, you can join the conversation on Twitter at the hashtag #LabDebates. And if you wear a tie, be warned: It might be confiscated.

About Boston.comment

weiss.jpegBoston.comment is an exchange for ideas about Boston and beyond, brought to you by the Boston Globe editorial page and edited by Globe columnist Joanna Weiss. We're the sponsor of's #LabDebates and the creator of the Choose Your Own Adventure mayoral game.

Our producer is Alex Pearlman, with contributions (and sea monsters) from Noah Guiney. To join the conversation, post a comment, tweet with our daily hashtag, or follow us on Twitter @BostonComment.

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