Looking back at the future

A cold and sunny Tuesday. It’s a birthday for the discovery of the top quark.

Back to the drawing board for parcel P3 on Tremont Street in Roxbury, the city’s largest vacant lot. Jon Chesto brings us up to speed on the slow progress of getting something built there. We’ll be going on the third mayor who has tried to bring this development to fruition.

Mid-March of last year was about the time that we began to understand that this coronavirus thing might be a big deal. At this point 12 months ago we were tracking single cases as they popped up around the country. Large gatherings were just starting to be curtailed. Restaurants were at full capacity and we were travelling freely. The stock market was climbing. The St. Patrick’s Day parade was still on. But there were ominous signs and many could see what was coming. With any luck, this March will be the beginning of the end of the pandemic and the start of a slow return to normal, whatever the hell that is now.

The new info on the Brazilian variant is not a good. I hope we don’t look back on this news a year from now and say we should have been more worried than we were.

Apple stores are all open for business – if you don’t mind jumping through some hoops. I miss the days of just walking in and buying something. (But my wallet doesn’t.)

And here are some the best New Yorker cartoons from 2020, courtesy of Instagram. Everything must go.

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