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FORMER DEMOCRATIC state senator Ben Downing on Tuesday ended his campaign for governor, citing inadequate financial resources.  

Unfortunately, we simply do not have the financial resources to continue,” Downing said in a statement. “While it’s painful to admit, that reality has brought this chapter to a close.” 

Downing, 39, a Pittsfield native now living in East Boston, launched a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in February. Before that, Downing had spent a decade in the state Senate, then took a job working for the solar energy company Nexamp in 2016.  

He faced primary competition from Harvard professor Danielle Allen and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz. Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey has not yet announced whether she will get in the race, but she is widely expected to make a decision soon, now that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has said he won’t run for reelection.  

According to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Downing raised around $460,000 this year. As of November 30, he had just $33,000 left in his campaign account. In comparison, Allen had $386,000 in the bank, Chang-Diaz had $198,000, and Healey had $3.3 million. 

For everything there is a season,” Downing said in his statement. “For this campaign, that season has come to a close.” 

Downing said during his campaign, “We built a coalition that lifted up the voices of those too often ignored. We came up with real solutions to meet the challenges facing Massachusetts families and reshape our shared future. In a year that took a lot out of all of us, we grew stronger at the broken places.” 

Downing did not say what he plans to do next, other than spending time with his young sons Mac and Eamon, but he said he will continue working to advance his ideas, particularly in addressing climate change. “Though my name will not be on the ballot next year, I will keep working for the principles that defined this campaign,” Downing said. “Massachusetts is prosperous, but we must ask ‘for whom?’ and reckon with the reality that the answer is for far too few. Massachusetts is innovative, but we must ask ‘to what end?’ and reckon with the fact that we are falling far short on the defining issues of this generation—most notably the climate crisis.” 

“It is not a single political party that stands in the way, but a culture of complacency that too often prioritizes the comfort of those in power over addressing the challenges of those in need,” Downing continued. “Until that dynamic changes, our work is not done and you’ll find me standing shoulder to shoulder with anyone striving to build a Massachusetts that works for everyone, everywhere.” 

Chang-Diaz issued a statement calling it an honor to have been in the race with Downing. “Ben Downing has been a champion for people across Massachusetts throughout his whole career, and he’s carried that into this race for Governor every day,” Chang-Diaz said. “I’m grateful for his continued bold work and leadership on solar energy and climate change, and most recently for raising up critical issues of justice and equity on the campaign trail.”

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Choose Some Disney Tunes and I’ll Give You an “Encanto” Quote for Inspiration

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“Even in our darkest moments, there’s light where you least expect it.”

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Temperature Textiles Translate Climate Crisis Data Into Colorful, Graphic Knits

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Temperature Textiles Translate Climate Crisis Data into Colorful, Graphic Knits

January 21, 2022

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Creating tangible records of weather patterns has been a long-running practice for crafters and designers interested in visually documenting the effects of the climate crisis over time. Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach, of the Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based studio Raw Color, join this endeavor with their new collection of knitted goods that embed data about temperature changes, the sea’s rising levels, and emissions directly within their products’ patterns.

In each design, the duo translates data from the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, into colorful, line graphics that represent four possible outcomes for the world through the year 2100. The titular Temperature Textiles rely on warm shades, sea level uses cool blues, purples, and greens, and emissions a combination of the two to visualize the changes.

Raw Color shares more specifics about the data behind Temperature Textiles on its site, where you can also shop the collection of flat and double knits. Follow the studio on Instagram to keep up with its latest designs. (via Design Milk)

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An Annual ‘Giant Letter’ Installation Displays a Heartfelt Note From a 100-Foot-Tall Boy Named Bobby

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An Annual ‘Giant Letter’ Installation Displays a Heartfelt Note from a 100-Foot-Tall Boy Named Bobby

January 21, 2022

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2020 in Austin. All images (C) Giant Letter, shared with permission

Every year on December 12, a handwritten letter on oversized lined paper appears on a residential lawn in Chicago or Austin. The massive constructions, which stand between 8- and 12-feet high, are part of an ongoing project that shares heartfelt messages between an imaginary 100-foot-tall boy named Bobby and those who matter most in his life (aka his mother Lucinda, cat Mr. McFluffins, and Santa).

Chicago-based artists Caro D’Offay and Laura Gilmore began Giant Letter back in 2012 as a way to connect with their community following the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary. Marj Wormald joined the pair a few years later, and together, they’ve installed 10 iterations. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere,” D’Offay said in an interview. “The person standing there can in a way feel very small but also have big emotions. It can be transformative for someone, and they’re just walking their dog.”

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During its decade-long run, Giant Letter displays have included microscopes and astronomy books, huge pencils and cups of tea, and of course, chocolate chip cookies and milk. Every piece also sets a “Bobby box” nearby that encourages visitors to drop in messages they’d like to share with the child. In the most recent version installed at the intersection of Glenwood and Albion avenues in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, a 35-foot tool stretches alongside a letter from Bobby’s mother detailing her cancer diagnosis. “I know this is a much bigger tape measure than you probably need but I want you to dream big and make giant magic!” it reads.

Organizers say the 2021 installation will stay in its current spot indefinitely, although they’re hoping to transfer the project to a museum or gallery in the future. You can follow their progress on Instagram.

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