The Press: Up from Newspaper Row

At the turn of the century, eight dailies were crammed together on the narrow, twisting section of Washington Street in downtown Boston called "Newspaper Row." Eight was too many. There, elbowing each other for space and circulation, the Boston papers developed their traditional pattern of frantic promotions, flashy makeup and lackadaisical reporting.

Over the years the dailies gradually moved out or folded, until only the Globe was left on Newspaper Row. Every day, for 86 years, an employee of the Globe had climbed a ladder propped against the building and posted headlines on...

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