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Curbed Boston’s 10 most-read stories of 2018

You liked reading about new development, nearby beaches, quaint towns, and—especially—what in the heck to do with kids in the Boston area

A building under construction. There is a crane and the windows are all entirely open. Sara Colket Photography

Some articles more than others in 2018 attracted the attention of Curbed Boston readers. Here are the 10 most read of the past 12 months. Thanks for reading!


10. What to know about legalized marijuana sales in Massachusetts

On November 20, 2018, the first recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts commenced sales—in Northampton and Leicester—finishing a decriminalization process that began at the ballot box in November 2016. ....

9. Is One Dalton the last 700-foot tower in Boston for a generation?

At some point during the next 12 months or so, the 742-foot Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street in western Back Bay will top out and open. That milestone will very likely mark the last time for a generation that Boston will see the completion of a tower of at least 700 feet. ...

8. 7 neighborhoods in the Boston area that everyone should be watching

An aerial view of an urban streetscape next to a river, and there’s one tall tower. Boston Globe via Getty Images

To understand how the Boston region is changing as it careens toward 2019, keep tabs on these seven neighborhoods. ...

7. Boston’s best beaches, mapped

If Massachusetts has one thing going for it, it’s oceanfront. ...

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

From 10:30 to 11 on Wednesday, July 4, the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will send actual fireworks soaring and popping over the Charles River. ...

5. Where to cry in public in the Boston area, mapped

The interior of the Orange Line Station in Boston. The walls are orange and white. There is a staircase. Clare S./Flickr

It’s rough out there, and sometimes you just need a good place to let it all out. These are the best spots for crying in public in the Boston region. ...

4. 18 Boston-area developments to watch in 2018, mapped

There is a lot going up in and around Boston as 2018 chugs along. Here’s a map of major developments to watch during the next 12 months. ...

3. 12 small Boston-area towns that you need to visit right now

No part of the U.S. does quaint quite like New England, and Massachusetts more than carries its weight in that regional department. ...

2. Boston’s 10 tallest buildings by 2020, mapped

The Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street—a.k.a. One Dalton—officially topped off in August 2018, bringing the tallest new building in Boston since 1976 that much closer to completion. It is expected to open in spring 2019.

Along with Downtown Crossing’s Millennium Tower, in fact, Back Bay’s One Dalton is the only building completed within the 21st century to rank among Boston’s 10 tallest. ...

1. The 23 best things to do in Boston with kids, mapped

ice-skating on boston common’s frog pond Maxim Gorishniak/Shutterstock

Thanks to its compact, historic neighborhoods and pleasant New England waterfronts, Boston is probably America’s greatest walking city. Similarly pedestrian-friendly cities such as Cambridge surround it, too. This makes the Boston region especially easy to visit with kids. ...