We're not graphic designers here at UHub (oh, don't act surprised), let alone fancy-pants "brand consultants," but we vaguely remember reading somewhere that consistency in branding is pretty important, and, well, it's now driving us nuts that the BPDA logo has two different lower-case a's in it. Read more.
Yes, of course David Ortiz put on a wig to masquerade as a Lyft driver.
The council voted 12-0 today on a resolution urging Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment and provide federal funding for abortions with government health coverage.
Councilor Ayanna Pressley (at large), who sponsored the measure, said that even in Massachusetts, which provides coverage to women on Medicaid, some women have to bear the full price, such as women in the military or Peace Corps. She added the resolution would also support women in the 33 states that do not cover the procedure, even though it is a constitutional right.
Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George refuses to duck the issue any longer: Boston has become infested by Canada geese that befoul our parks, sidewalks and waterways and chase after other animals, little children and even small adults. Read more.
Meet the Boston Planning and Development Agency. And try to say BPDA three times fast.
We established a brand strategy that reflects the organizational reforms underway and will inspire greater trust and confidence from the people it serves - the residents and community members of Boston. ...
As we change internally, we need to change externally as well. Our logo has been around since we were founded in 1957, and doesn’t accurately describe us as we are now, and how we plan to be in the future. It’s overdue for a reboot. Updating our logo will signal to the community that we’ve changed - and to us that we must continually fulfill our new brand promise.
Brighton High School and Excel High School in South Boston have joined English High School on a list of schools performing badly enough on state standardized tests to warrant warnings the state could consider taking them over if BPS doesn't do enough to turn them around. Read more.
UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).
In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.
Best Boston Reddit question of the month:
I just moved here for school. Is this just confirmation bias or is this whole city obsessed with broccoli?
Looks like Mr. Autumn Man will have a grand time walking down Mass. Ave. on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the day will have "quite the autumn feel" and that not only will temperatures dip into the 30s by Sunday night, they could hit a record low - thanks in part to the drought, natch - maybe even warrant a frost advisory for areas closer to Boston than the Worcester hills.
Natives and recent arrivals alike yesterday urged the Boston Licensing Board to give Paolo's, 251 Main St., a full liquor license so it can expand into a new bistro to be called Monument - although residents living right next to the place objected to its proposed 1 a.m. closing time. Read more.
The word is out about hedge fund vultures and how they use the wealth people invest in their funds and the privilege it provides to get public policy and extract wealth.
Hedge fund managers are among the billionaires who gave millions of out-of-state money to market charter expansion in Massachusetts at the expense of publicly-funded district schools.
The Globe takes a look at developers in this overheated town making payments to neighborhood associations and institutions that support their projects before city boards.
The Boston Licensing Board today held 14 hearings on requests from restaurants that want one of the five all-alcohol licenses that state legislature graced on the city that became available this month - and holds a similar number of hearings next week.
Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the board will defer any decisions on who gets the new licenses - which can be resold for six-figure amounts - until after all the hearings are done, so it can decide which five made the best "public need" cases. Read more.
Even as we still try to tame our human drivers, Boston will begin planning for cars that drive themselves - in a year-long effort that will include figuring out how to test "autonomous" cars on our centuries-old roads. Read more.
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