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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"The middle of nowhere"

Memo to Arthur Young, the "chatty environmental consultant in town from San Francisco for the recent Greenbuild conference." Expect a not-so-nice shot across the bow from Tom Menino as a souvenir of your recent visit.

Young was a key source for the Globe's City Weekly piece on the promise and reality of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. And in accurately summing of the dearth of off-convention options ringing the hall, Young no doubt irked the Mayor-for-Life. Big time:
"This could be Kansas City," he said. "This could be Dubai."
Today's story redeems the Globe -- at least for one day -- from my criticism over the weekly insert that seems to a fluff feature section.

But while I want to give the Globe the props for a good story I can't help but wonder why this story would not have been a better fit in Metro or Business. (Please tell me the cash-strapped newspaper didn't really pay for a reporter to fly over and stay in Europe to report on gasoline prices and driving habits).

Hopefully the Mayor's response will be on recycled paper. The city could probably get a good deal.

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