It’s been a surreal week in Boston. First, two bombs exploded at the 117th Boston Marathon, injuring almost 200 spectators and killing 3 people. Then, just as it seemed the chaos was winding down, a violent manhunt stretching from Cambridge to Watertown put the whole city on lockdown.
On Wednesday night, the in short time between the bombings and the lockdown, I went to the Washington Square Marathon Sports store in Brookline, where a group of almost 50 runners met to go on a run around the nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir. We ran to remember the victims of the bombings, celebrate the running community, and most importantly, to lace up our shoes and get in a few good miles.
I produced a story for the CBC’s Day 6 about that run, and had the privilege of working with an incredibly supportive staff up in Canada. You can listen to the story on its own, or the entire podcast on the Day 6 website.
As a Chicagoan and a fan of good movies, I was saddened to hear of Roger Ebert’s passing. While many have written about his tremendous contributions to film criticism, I feel that Ebert’s lasting legacy has to do with his remarkable ability to adapt to changes in the media business. While his colleagues bemoaned the end of newspapers, the end of local TV, the end of long-form writing, Ebert simply sought out the next big thing in digital media and mastered it. I hope to be that flexible as I grow in my career.
I wrote an article about Roger Ebert’s legacy for Spinoff, which you can read here.
Ever since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winner of the adApt NYC micro-housing design competition, it seems that everyone is talking about tiny apartments. In my reporting for Flavorwire, I found that New York isn’t the first city (nor the last) to build micro units. A Vancouver developer has built apartments so small that the bathroom is a closet-size alcove with frosted windows. In Boston, a designer proposes to save on space by making bathrooms and kitchens communal. Are these “dorms for grown-ups” just a fad, or a permanent part of the urban rental landscape?
In my debut feature for The Billfold, I visit with Derek “Deek” Diedricksen as he leads a workshop for people interested in building tiny houses (those are houses under 200 square feet!). I also talk with tiny house veterans, like Libby Reinish and Tristan Chambers, owners of the super-small Whittled Down Caravan.
After producing a great story for Radio Boston about new rules for beer brewers in Massachusetts, I posted some additional reporting on the blog Public Radio Kitchen. The folks over at The Two Way picked it up, and now people across the country are talking about craft brewing laws.