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10 most-viewed Curbed Boston stories of 2017: From great escapes to furniture stores

And lots of development

Here are the 10 most-viewed Curbed Boston stories from the past 12 months.

They range from a rundown of fantastic Massachusetts towns for visiting to an explainer on the region’s choicest furniture vendors.

New development also proved a popular topic (no surprise there). Each entry below has a bit from the introduction of each story.

As always, thanks for reading!


12 small Boston-area towns that you need to visit right now

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↑ Few states in the union do quaint quite like Massachusetts.

To wit: Here are a dozen exceptionally charming towns and small cities in the commonwealth, each within a three-hour drive from Boston (and several within a similar time frame by train, too).

7 huge Greater Boston projects set to break ground in 2017

An aerial rendering of several low-rise buildings next to a highway. Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

↑ Whatever the fears of a slowdown, Greater Boston's development boom echoes on in the new year. Further proof can be found in these seven large-scale developments set to either start construction in earnest or break ground in 2017.

These include the more than 1,000,000-square-foot Arsenal Yards project in Watertown (pictured above) and the potentially 10-building Dot Block in Dorchester.

Boston's 10 tallest buildings by 2020, mapped

Sara Colket Photography

↑ A handful of projects either planned, underway, or recently completed will help transform Boston's skyline within the next few years.

Boston’s 4th of July fireworks: Where to watch

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↑ Around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will send actual fireworks soaring and popping over the Charles River.

Roxbury’s Tremont Crossing to move forward: 728 apartments, 1.9 million feet

Rendering of a busy pedestrian plaza in between high-rises and stores.

↑ The Boston Planning and Development Agency on March 2 approved Tremont Crossing, a multi-building project totaling 1,928,400 square feet at Tremont and Whittier streets in Roxbury.

12 Boston developments set to transform the city

↑ Boston is undoubtedly in the thick of a major building boom (even movie theater operators are getting in on the action), but some projects are boom-ier than others in terms of their scope.

Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade route: Everything you need to know

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↑ The details are out for the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade on February 7 in Boston.

Boston's best beaches, mapped

Revere Beach photo by Juli Scalzi/Shutterstock

↑ If Massachusetts has one thing going for it, it's oceanfront. The Bay State boasts plenty of places to soak in the sun and the fun that comes with proximity to the mighty Atlantic and its many alcoves.

Boston furniture stores: 15 of the best for all price points

↑ It's an essential facet of any Boston-area home, and everyone wants something unique as well as functional (never mind reasonably affordable).

To aid that eternal search, here is a map of 15 of the best furniture stores in Boston proper.

Dorchester’s massive South Bay project gets officially underway

Rendering via BldUp.com

↑ EDENS, the South Carolina-based shopping-center operator and developer, officially broke ground Wednesday on the 11-acre development of a site adjacent to its South Bay plaza in Dorchester. Mayor Marty Walsh was the guest of honor.