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Phone Home

The extraordinariness of being able to make a phone call from the little gadget you keep in your pocket may not ring loud and clear, but try to imagine life without it. …

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House Held

In the year 1725, Benjamin Franklin was a spry 16-year-old, George Washington hadn’t yet been born and, along the southern edge of the Connecticut Colony, a man named Ebenezer Clark finished building a house. …

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Mass Appeal

St. Mary's Church

Father William Holt and Father Elias Henritzy are sitting in the front room of the priory, spooling out the history of St. Mary’s Church. …

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Crossing the Lines

Once upon a time, decades before wireless internet and smartphones and out-of-control digital surveillance by the National Security Agency, phone lines were actual lines, and wiretapping meant tapping into real wires. …

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Procession

Mark Celentano and William Celentano Jr. at Celentano Funeral Home

For 90 years on Elm Street, the Celentano family and its funeral home have seen people come and go.

They’ve seen the city change. Seen its factories emptied. Seen highways cut through…

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Ups and Downs (pt. 2)

“For millennia, civilization had been living in two dimensions: width and length,” Paul B. Farnsworth says. …

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Ups and Downs (pt. 1)

“I take up the duties and cares of this very honorable position with a good deal of diffidence, and some dread.” …

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Safe Houses

400 Blake Street in 2004.

People have been moving houses—literally moving them–for hundreds of years, which may seem foundationally silly in today’s world.

But sometimes it’s the smartest move…

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This World, and the Next

It looks like a spaceship that touched down on Dixwell Avenue in the ’60s and never left. As you walk around it, the structure seems to change shape. Its cut-stone walls …

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Good Form

Wesley Kavanagh flipped a switch and illuminated a small city. It took me a moment to understand what I was seeing, or where in the world this was. …

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