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Parkman House; Cambridge Common; 'Evil Laugh'; More!

BEACON HILL—The Globe's Andrew Ryan, along with photographer Suzanne Kreiter, takes a luscious look inside the 9,000-square-foot, city-owned Parkman House mansion at 33 Beacon Street, where Mayor Menino continues to recuperate from his bout with back pain and diabetes. Above is Kreiter's shot of the grand staircase. We'll say! [Globe]
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CAMBRIDGE—The $3.9M redo of Cambridge Common could kick off this fall (or maybe in spring 2014). It will include 100 new trees as well as the removal of 20 others: "[S]ome of the trees are diseased and some trees block views of the Civil War Monument, which the city hopes to highlight in the new park." [Chronicle]
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HUB-WIDE—Maybe that great 19th-century urban innovation, the boarding-house, could work here now: "Some micro-apartment developments echo boardinghouses closely, with small private quarters and common areas in which residents can eat and socialize together." [Globe]
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EVERETT—That bit when Boston Mayor Tom Menino said Steve Wynn would have to get by him to realize his casino dreams? "Oh, that was no threat, [Hizzoner] said, and punctuating his words with an evil laugh was just part of the fun." [Globe]
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MASS.-WIDE—The state needs to get busy repairing highways and bolstering public transit, according to a new report, which "estimates that the cumulative economic drain of reduced productivity, lost time, vehicle damage, freight delays, and other costs associated with failing to repair the state's cramped and crumbling highways could total $26 billion by 2030." [Globe]