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Wishlist For a Better Boston

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 29, 2010

Boston Common, Newbury Street, Fenway Park, Harvard Square. Just a few addresses that Bostonians like to show off to visiting friends and families.

Just as no one is perfect, there could be certain things wanting in the city of Boston too. Things that Bostonians would like to see changed or improved. I asked a few locals what those could be. Here’s their list of five things that should change/improve in Boston.

User-friendly public transport – Ok, there are the buses, subways, rails etc etc etc. Still, getting around Boston is no piece of cake. And if you live in the suburbs, God help you – ask me, only I know how I commute to Harvard Square from Waltham. If only the transport system was more user-friendly, if only there were more direct bus routes and more frequent buses, getting from one corner of the city to another would not be such a pain.

A cleaner Charles River – the river is cleaner than what it used to be. But still gets a C- from the people I asked. Thinking of going swimming in the Charles. Don’t. Planning to learn kayaking in the river. Just don’t fall into the water. It’s that dirty. That’s what music teacher Molly Dubois has to say.

More bike lanes – I once saw a biker pedaling away on his bike next to a duck tour bus. I said a little prayer for the man. Joe McGonegal, Director of Communications at Catholic Memorial School, feels the city clearly needs more bike lanes. It’s summer time. Just the perfect time to ride your bikes. And it should be safe to do so. Hoping to see more bike lanes. Soon.

Wi-Fi throughout the city – Another thing that Molly would like to see is free public wi-fi. Throughout Boston. Brookline has free Wi-Fi, Boston should have too, she says.


More parking space, especially in downtown Boston – Boston downtown is a fun place to spend your weekends and to party. But if you are circling around blocks for hours on end looking for a space to park your car, the fun quickly evaporates into thin air. Raj Mohabe, a software engineer at an IT firm, wants more parking spaces in Boston downtown. “There should be more street parking. I don’t want to pay $10  for parking everytime I am in downtown,” he says.


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My Wishlist 5.0 – Five Places I Want To See In Boston

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 26, 2010

As I explored the off-the-beaten-path Boston, I learnt about some really fun places to see and fun things to do in and around Beantown. Clearly, Boston has lots to offer. All you need to spare is some time and money. Here are the 5 addresses I want to go to:

Tango Society of Boston

I’m a little biased on this one. I love anything and everything that is associated with the word ‘Tango’ – be it the movie ‘Tango and Cash’ or the dance Tango. You wanna know why? Tango was my pet Pomeranian. He passed away four years ago. Tango was with me for 13 years. The memories I have of him are priceless, to say the least. I remember him everyday and will miss him all my life. And so I put the Tango Society of Boston on top of my Boston itinerary.

The society is a non-profit organization that conducts weekly Argentine Tango dance classes. I particularly liked the idea of ‘Tango by Moonlight,’ an event where people do the Tango under the light of a full moon on the Weeks Memorial Footbridge near Harvard Square. That’s romantic. And also free. You can join in the dance or just sit and watch.

The Hall of Ideas at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

This one sounds really cool. Thanks to hi-tech computer programming, words and ideas literally float around in the Hall of Ideas at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Quotes are projected on a fountain in the room, on the floor and up the walls before they disappear into thin air. I have got to see this. Am curious to know if I can get one of my ideas float around the hall too. Will ask for sure.

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Charles River

I have never tried my hand at canoeing or kayaking. One of these days I am thinking of picking up a paddle and canoeing in the Charles River. I hear the views that one gets of the city while sailing down the river are breathtaking. Plus canoeing should be fun too.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

I have heard a lot about the picturesque courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Its ‘After Hours’ sounds like a great way to spend an evening. You can enjoy art, live music and some great cocktails.


Boston Movie Tours

I didn’t know 400 movies and TV shows have been shot in Boston. Want to know all about Hollywood’s love for Boston, then go on a Movie Mile Walking Tour. You’ll get to see the bench Matt Damon and Robin Williams sat on in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ as well as the law offices of ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Boston Legal.’ The 1½-hour Boston Movie Tour costs $21 for adults, $11 for children and $18 for senior/teens/students.

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Playing Host

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 17, 2010

It’s summer time. And a nice time to invite friends and relatives for vacations. But not sure where to take them sightseeing. Help is at hand. Boston Globe has made things easier for you. It has compiled a list of places to see and activities to do in and around Boston, especially on weekends. A picnic at Walden Pond, visit to a theme park or kayaking on the Charles River. Take your pick.

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