"We live in arguably the most beautiful and loved city in the United States and clearly one of the most historically important." No you USED to live in a beautiful city. Now it's packed like Dizzyland with tourists, cars jam the streets so what few buses and trolleys do run can't get anywhere on time, new multistory buildings line the "historic" streets looking like marble slabs of cell block nothingness right up to the sidewalk which they would eliminate if they could go to the curb (Midtown and the student housing on Meeting). Green space is rapidly disappearing and panicked local government strikes out their frustration with undercover stings on pedicab drivers? people who rent rooms in their homes? Bar owners with varied closing times? Then who is chasing the real criminals? The lie I like the best is nothing will happen to make the public housing go away. Right. How many heard that in Alexandria VA and where is it today? No longer on the pricey real estate. There is housing for seniors if you have big retirement incomes. Maybe the towns name is different but like bell bottom pants we've seen it all before.
In 25+ years of interviewing great and not so great people one of the most outstanding was New York chef Marcus Samuelsson. Absolutely the most generous, kindest person who actually looked at you and listened to what you had to say. His food was also spectacular. Another was Darina Allen (mother in law of Rachael Allen on PBS) at Ballymalloe in Ireland. If you ever have a chance to spend time there for a foodie it's undescribably wonderful.
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