Boston's fiercely neighborhood-centric, but does that mean you have to give a crap about some jerk on the other side of your neighborhood? Focus even more intently on your own piece of the Hub, with Everyblock.com
Everyblock geographically super-filters all manner of news and civic info, thereby filling you in on each and every development/shenanigan going on immediately outside of your windowless "garden-level" studio. Search by hood, zip, or better yet block to find out about real estate, the latest media reports (crime/street closings/movie filmings/parades), even business licenses granted, so when a new adult vid store snags their "retail sales" license, your AdultFilmFinder blog can beat MothersAgainstSmut for the scoop. EB's also got your block geo-wired for Craigslist posts, Flickr albums, and Yelp reviews, allowing you to rely on your intrepid neighbors to determine which local D&D makes the finest Croissanwich.
For non-self-motivators, EB's got a custom RSS feed that'll shoot 'hood news directly to your reader or email it to your inbox -- use that, and you won't even have to give a crap about the rest of Everyblock.