1. CARLO ROTELLA

    Creative impulses help shape our neighborhoods

    Places such as neighborhood music schools give form to creativity while helping to turn strangers into neighbors.

    (ISTOCKPHOTO/GLOBE STAFF ILLUSTRATION)

     
  2. PorchFest returns to Somerville May 19 

    - Somerville’s PorchFest, an eclectic day of public music and dancing, is coming back May 19, organizers said.

    (Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe)

     
  3. Harvard Yard transformed by colorful chairs

    - What was once a place people simply passed through has become a gathering spot for both students and the community, thanks to a collection of lollipop-colored chairs.

     
  4. Milton has been ranked No. 2 in Money Magazine’s annual list of Best Places to Live, billed as a ranking of America’s best small towns.

     
  5. Coming back in style

    - For African-Americans, the neighborhood salon means so much more than a good cut.

     
     
  6. Police arrest 3, abruptly end Whole Foods’ first meeting with Jamaica

    - The heated debate over Whole Foods’ plans to move in to Jamaica Plain reached an unprecedented peak Thursday night when three people were arrested at a community meeting prompting police to end the forum nearly a half-hour earlier than planned.

     
  7. Scenes from Somerville PorchFest 2011

    - If you were strolling around Somerville Saturday afternoon, chances are you heard the sweet and maybe strange sounds of more than 75 musicians and bands played al fresco in the city’s first PorchFest.