The Globe reports Suffolk University is looking at possibly becoming even more of a presence in Downtown Crossing - where it already butts up against Emerson College - by selling off four Beacon Hill buildings and doing something interesting with either the abandoned Border's building, the Filene's Hole or both.
In fact, director Wesley Savick says, the idea was to make audiences leave thinking that maybe the Tom and Ray Magliozzi really did write the play, which couples parodies of Broadway standards with original songs by Boston's Michael Wartofsky to tell a classic, if auto-themed, love story.
In an interview with Universal Hub, Savick said the use of cars to reflect identities, hopes and embarrassments, combined with the classic story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, results in an "unlikely marriage between Broadway musicals and automotive advice." Characters include Rusty Fenders, a hapless middle-aged owner of a terminally ill '93 Kia, who falls in love with Miata C. LaChassis, who convinces him to go to the Emerald Garage to get help from the Wizard of Cahs - who proceeds to give them guidance in navigating through life, love, car repair and everything in between.
WBUR gives us a peek at the renovated theatre, next to the also renovated Paramount.
The Herald reports on the possibility the school could move en masse to a "continguous campus" fronted on Tremont Street, which would let it increase enrollment without worrying about outraged howls of anger from Beacon Hill residents. But would they be butting heads with Emerson?
At least, if you're the president of Suffolk University and you object to impudent questions about whether you're too remote or why tuition is so high.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a trifecta of out-of-control parties in the North End, including one on Halloween at 224 Hanover St.:
... College students were throwing bottles and cans down to the street. The police initially had difficulty gaining access when a male dressed in a baby's outfit refused to open the door. BPD eventually gained access and the officers detained 15-20 Suffolk university students. There probably were more at the party which had dispersed as the police entered. ...
Local Spice notices that somebody hates the Suffolk University ads on the T as much as he does.
The Beacon Hill Civic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously tonight to accept the agreement with Suffolk University first reported last week in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. The agreement had been negotiated by a team representing the group, but it was not final until the board voted to accept it.
The latest chapter in the relationship between Beacon Hill and Suffolk is now complete. The next chapter begins.
As Harry Mattison (over in Collegelandia, i.e., Allston/Brighton) notes, one interesting part of the deal is that it was between the school and a residents group, rather than the school and the BRA.
The Suffolk University debate continues on Beacon Hill. The Boston Redevelopment Authority held a public meeting last week at the Suffolk Law School.
Suffolk submitted an institutional master plan to the BRA in mid-April, and we're currently in the middle of the 60-day comment period for that document.
My personal take (detailed more on my blog) is that the issues come down to "town-and-gown" and the definition of "expansion."
The Herald today shows some ink-stained lovin' for David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center:
... In a business that is an uncertain venture at best, it wasn't the first time David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, has proven more accurate than larger pollsters.
In New Hampshire, where Obama beat Clinton by 3 percentage points, Suffolk showed Obama winning by 5, compared with Zogby, which showed him leading by 13. ...
You don't say.
Adam Reilly highlights other examples of Paleologos "accuracy". Blue Mass. Group: Egg, meet face.
Michael Pahre compares the reaction of BC and Suffolk when the city backed nearby residents and opposed new dorm plans: One worked with the city to find a more acceptable location for new housing; the other accused opponents of NIMBYism.
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