The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let Beantown Pizzeria, 270 Babcock St., stay open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Steven Parnagian, lawyer for the pizza place, told the board this morning that the store, tucked into the heavily BUish Gardner Street area, is losing business now with its current midnight closing time. He said the owner comes in first thing Saturday and Sunday morning to find his voice mail full of missed calls from people desiring pies between midnight and 2 a.m. He added other nearby eateries are open until 2 a.m. already.
Nobody from city government or from neighborhood civic associations attended the meeting to voice any concerns.
The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics produced this video to support its proposals to rejigger school-assignment zones for elementary and middle-school students: If you totaled up all the miles students in the Bowdoin/Geneva area travel to school each morning, it would be the equivalent of a trip from Boston to Cheyenne, WY (the city has used Bowdoin/Geneva as its poster child for its proposals throughout the current evaluation process).
What the brief video doesn't mention, however, is that the city plans to turn one of the neighborhood's schools, the Marshall Elementary, into a privately run charter school, open to students from across the city, which means the city will have to bus many of its students, and which means one less local option for Bowdoin/Geneva parents.
Teresa Harvey, retiring Marshall principal, tears into school officials at a School Committee meeting over the conversion to a charter school:
A colonial mile marker that somehow survived being on Harvard Avenue for almost 2 1/2 centuries before being sheared in two last year is no longer surrounded by a fence thanks to efforts by preservationists and the city to repair it, set it back more and install a couple of protective bollards.