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9 Places To Avoid Tourist-Trap Clichés In Boston (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 04/12/11 09:35 AM ET   Updated: 06/12/11 06:12 AM ET

The real Boston is a sight to behold.

While the masses mostly head to the big-name landmarks, instead visit one of these nine unexpected discoveries and treasures outside of the usual tourist zone.

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Tucked away just a few feet from the Broadway T-Stop in Southie, Artists for Humanity resides in one of the most fascinating structures in the city. The EpiCenter was built in 2004 with a concentrated focus on renewable energy. Every aspect of its design takes into account the creation or conservation of energy. From its air-conditioning-free ventilation system to the array of solar panels on the roof, the EpiCenter's philosophy is firmly rooted in resourcefulness. In fact, it has attained the elite status of LEED Platinum certification--an honor rarely attained. And the building is just the beginning. Artists for Humanity pay inner-city youth to create works of art. In doing so, employed teenagers learn the virtues of both art and enterprise. Take a tour of the building and art, rent out the gallery space for an event, make a donation, or just volunteer your time for a great cause. You are bound to be impressed by the ingenuity and dedication of the place.

Writer: Yiannis Ifantides | Photo: Artists for Humanity

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