3rd Place

Last year, I finally devoted a day to walking the entire Emerald Necklace from start to finish. I began my journey at Franklin Park, and travelled through the Arboretum, across the Riverway, and down Commonwealth Avenue towards the Commons. I know the city streets well after a decade of living here, but I found myself getting continuously lost amidst the greenery, and kept referring to the paper map I’d picked up at a tourist booth in Roxbury. «Do you need help?» other Bostonians would inevitably ask me whenever I unfurled this distress signal. «No thanks,» I replied. «I live here.»

Halley Griffin, 29 Years old,

Ilustration: Emily Cai.