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The blizzard through the eyes of Boston's best Instagrammers
Brayan Mesa's photo of the  city dusted in snow earned a feature on the IGERSBoston Instagram feed. (Photo: Brayan Mesa)
The city never looked so good. The open photography community "Instagrammers of Boston" is a daily picture contest of sorts, featuring one stunning view of the city from thousands of submissions from photographers on Instagram.  But as the snow fell on the city Tuesday, the group ran a winter spectacular, curating a selection of the best views of the snow on the network. Read More
too hot to handle
Remember that time Mayor Curley asked MIT for flamethrowers to melt the snow?
The year 1948 was a bit of a doozy in terms of snowfall in the Commonwealth, with record-setting numbers logged after several storms. But after the city of Boston was pummeled with 89.2 inches, Mayor James Curley sent a letter to the president of MIT asking for help. Would the Institute please ready a flame-throwing apparatus to get rid of the stuff when it melted? Read More
A new year, a new start
Investing, identity, ice cream: Six New Year's resolutions for Boston startups
Fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight on new year's eve. (Photo: Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
My pants are too tight. My blood sugar is all out of whack and I am pretty sure that I did something terrible to the Jello mold at the company office party. It looks like the holiday season has passed us and that the new year is finally upon us. It’s time for us to resolve to do better in 2015. Read More
through new eyes
Cambridge data challenge invites residents to design a safer city
A cyclist travels down Beacon Street in Somerville. (Photo: Wendy Maeda/Globe staff)
The City of Cambridge is calling on citizens to help identify accident-prone intersections, chart safe paths for kids to bike to school, and flag policy issues that need attention as part of the first ever Street Safety Challenge. The contest opens Friday and Cantabrigians are invited to examine a comprehensive data set of 6,500 road accidents in the city over the last three years, and then share their views or experiences with the city through charts, interactive apps, essays, or performance art pieces.  Read More