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By - 4/1/15 - 1:52 pm

The City Council voted 12-0 for a resolution by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) to block city workers from traveling to Indiana on official business due to its new law allowing companies to discriminate against lesbians and gays.

The council passed a similar resolution related to Arkansas - even as that state's governor was vetoing a similar law.

The resolutions go to Mayor Walsh.

"I don't... Read more

By - 4/1/15 - 6:30 am

An hour+ of weather and outdoor reports from the blizzard of April 1, 1997.

H/t Ari Ofsevit.

By - 4/1/15 - 6:12 am

Now shut up and help poor John Fish get the Olympics and fix the T so we don't become a global laughingstock, Shirley Leung admonishes.

By - 3/31/15 - 1:43 pm

City Councilor Michelle Wu breaks the news: On April 6, the City Council moves from RealPlayer streaming to YouTube streaming - and closed captioning - for its meetings and committee hearings.

By - 3/31/15 - 11:45 am
PacMan on Boston streets

In what's probably an early April Fool's Easter Egg, Google Maps now sports a PacMan mode, which lets you turn local streets into an '80s arcade game. The map above shows the area around Boylston and Tremont. Look for the PacMan button in the lower left of the full-screen desktop Google Maps (it's not there in the "classic" maps).

Via Nick Barber.... Read more

By - 3/31/15 - 8:50 am

You can find when your street is supposed to be swept, in case you should maybe want to move your car.

By - 3/30/15 - 2:07 pm
Michelle Wu and son Blaise at Boston City Council hearing on snow removal

Councilor Wu asks about snow removal as son Blaise takes a break (via Boston City TV).

City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says it might be time for the city to make its peace with space savers - and make some money by selling official City of Boston space savers.

At a hearing on snow removal today, McCarthy said the idea, proposed by a constituent, has grown on him. In an era when some people would put out "furnaces... Read more

By - 3/30/15 - 2:03 pm

Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the BU School of Public Health, uses T maps to illustrate health inequities in Boston - a city with one of the densest populations of doctors in the world:

This, then, tells a story of a city richly characterized by top-of-the-line medical resources and overall health indicators that are enviably good, but that has, within it, substantial heterogeneity in

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By - 3/30/15 - 11:01 am
G and J restaurant in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 3/29/15 - 12:40 pm

You might not think the South End, Charlestown, the waterfront and the Fenway are still in need of urban renewal, but the BRA would beg to differ. NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a BRA effort to convince the public it still needs special power over development - which includes the right to take land by eminent domain - across 3,000 acres of Boston. The first meeting... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 5:19 pm

David Bernstein reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough has asked 15 BPS administrators to tender their resignations so that incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang has a clean slate with which to start his administration.

Chang officially starts in July, although he has been spending time in Boston working with McDonough to get ready for his new job.... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 7:57 am

City Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Steve Murphy (at large) both want to look at alternatives to rebuilding what is now the rapidly disappearing bridge to the shelters and workshops on Long Island.

Jackson, who said the new bridge could wind up costing $100 million, said it might make more sense to spend all that money on housing for the homeless, because "this is an... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 7:45 am

Marty Walsh held a Twitter chat yesterday, and answered one of the more pressing issues of the day:

Oh, and look: Somebody has started an online petition... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 5:33 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy says Boston could solve a key gap in its recycling program by partnering with companies that say they can now recycle the polystyrene coffee cups that Dunkin' Donuts and their ilk still use.

At today's council meeting, Murphy said doing so would not only put Boston ahead of the "leftist-leaning cities" in the area - Cambridge, Brookline and Arlington -... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 5:14 pm

City Councilor Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill) said today he is continuing to work towards putting four ballot questions before Boston voters this fall on whether they want the city to host the 2024 Olympics and whether taxpayers should pay for anything related to the games or use eminent domain to take any property Olympics organizers think they need.

Zakim... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 11:31 am
Boston Mayor Walsh announces a new traffic-fatality plan

Mayor Walsh, other city officials and an old parking meter today.

Mayor Walsh said today the dedicated bike lanes planned for Comm. Ave. between the BU Bridge and Packards Corner are only part of a long-term "Vision 0" plan to curb crashes and traffic-related deaths through a combination of street reconfiguration and tougher enforcement.

At a City Hall press conference today, Walsh said he will start a nationwide search for a city "active transportation director"... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 11:12 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will spend $6 million to replace all of its street parking meters with "smart" units in constant communication with BTD - a move officials say will lead to better management of curbside parking.

At a City Hall press conference, Walsh said the money will come from the city's parking-meter fund - collected from existing meters - not the general... Read more

By - 3/25/15 - 11:04 am

Mayor Walsh said today the city will pick a neighborhood to test out a new street sweeping plan in which fines are more than doubled - but car owners no longer have to worry about getting towed.

Walsh wants to increase street-sweeping fines from the current $40 to $90 or $95.

Walsh said the proposal would mean more revenue for the city - currently, most... Read more

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