Mary W. has not voted in the 2014 Boston A-List.
Stands for and exemplifies everything that made Boston a great city, before the advent of the vulgar, stupid 80s with their unremarkable little skyscrapers and multiplication of clothing stores for the suddenly-very-rich. Most amazing features to me: the series by Preraphaelite painter Edward Abbey illustrating (his own version of) The Quest of the Holy Grail, and the dioramas of beloved books from childhood--Alice in Wonderland, Arabian Nights etc. in the passage between the old and new library buildings.
It was a hard choice: that people do not starve or die of exposure is paramount of course, and now that the government has given up on the poor it's up to those of us who aren't endangered to help those who are. But we don't live to eat, we eat to live. And life without books is a thin, confused, lack-lustre thing--at least now that we no longer have a rich oral culture in which stories are told and wisdom disseminated.
Vote: Local Charity
Great sound, for everyone, wonderfully rich array of musical events. Now that the Conservatory has ditched Benjamin Zander after a long, happy and happy-making career there, I loathe it as an institution and will no longer donate to it. But you can't deny that Jordan Hall is an acoustical marvel, and a more democratic one than Symphony Hall, where only the rich can afford seats you can hear in.
Vote: Concert Venue
Mary W. has not cast any votes in the 2014 Boston A-List.