Steve Holt

Steve Holt is a writer living in Boston. His work regularly appears in Civil Eats and Edible Boston.

Orange traffic cones save parking spaces on a neighborhood street in South Boston.

The Psychology of Boston's Snow Parking Wars

In Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, an informal code allows residents to claim a parking space after shoveling it out. But the practice is often at odds both with the law and with the mores of changing neighborhoods.

Birds vie for position on power lines at dusk

Where Do Urban Animals Go When Their Habitats Disappear?

“It’s not like when a bird flies into Boston, it goes, ‘I’m in a city now.’”

Customers mill around a produce stall in a covered shed, looking at boxes of tomatoes and squash

What's the Future of the Urban Farmers' Market?

As grocery delivery ramps up, these bastions of local food are no longer offering something quite so unusual. Who is the model serving—and can it survive?

Students use tongs to fill up their plates with healthy lunch options at a school salad bar

Can Boston Solve School Lunch?

What does it take to transform cafeteria options in city schools for the better?

A young girl stands behind a grated door

Can Baby Bonds Help Shrink the Wealth Gap?

After decades of inequality, the average black family in Boston has assets totaling $8. A controversial proposal could give younger generations a leg up.

A shopper peruses the offerings at the Food Bank For New York City Community Kitchen & Food Pantry of West Harlem.

Why Can't America Solve the Hunger Problem?

The new book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups argues that food banks and pantries don’t chip away at underlying issues that keep people food-insecure.

What Can Substitute Teachers Do for City Schools?

This start-up dispatches artists and activists to fill in for full-time instructors and teach kids new real-world skills.

Pinpointing the Health Impacts of Urban Noise

Researcher Erica Walker wants to change the way cities think about their aural landscapes.  

The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

It's an unexpected romance that's blossoming in surprising ways.

Why You're Free to BYOB in Philly, But in Boston It's Complicated

The Boston City Council is finally considering allowing diners to bring their own alcohol to local restaurants. Here's why this is even a debate.

9 Super-Annoying Things You Do at Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

Pro tip: They can tell when you're faking that food allergy.

Why Restaurant Week Won't Die, Despite the Haters

Every year, critics complain about amateur eaters and disappointing food. So why do so many cities keep the tradition going?

The Long Road to Reviving Boston's Public Market

Once home to one of the country's first public markets, the city faces tough choices in bringing one back