City Councilor Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Mayor Walsh are proposing a measure that could save the average Boston homeowner $300 a year in property taxes, which the city says it can pay for thanks to the local construction and real-estate boom. Read more.
The city's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which tries to come up with all sorts of cool techie ways for the city to improve basic services (speaking of which, will City Hall get a Twitter-controlled Christmas tree this year?) has published a manifesto, or what they call a playbook on their efforts so far to build a sensor-meshed "Smart City" and where it wants to go from here (published on github, for the techies, no less.)
It starts with the candid observation that "So far, every 'Smart City' pilot project that weâ€™ve undertaken here in Boston has ended with a glossy presentation, and a collective shrug." Read more.
The Herald reports on a City Council hearing on a Boston Police bid to buy software to monitor possible threats posted on social media.
Girl Jo asks:
Anyone in Boston/surrounding area know any stores that stock Lagavâ€‹ulin 16 Year Singâ€‹le Malt? Holiday gift needed!
An annual housing report card by the Boston Foundation and the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University highlights the dark clouds over the region's economic boom: Poverty rates are growing as the cost of living increases due to housing prices - yet the region is failing to keep up with growing demand for housing, at least for people below the highest income brackets. Read more.
Reducing the overall number of start times could save the city money by reducing the number of buses needed, but could screw up families who choose a school based on their current start times, the Globe reports.
Boston's default speed limit drops to 25 m.p.h. on Jan. 9, Mayor Walsh's office announced today.
The reduction from 30 m.p.h. does not apply to state-owned roads, including parkways, highways and Gallivan Boulevard. Read more.
The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.
The Globe reports.
Updated with RCN, CNN comment.
Thursday night, an RCN customer in Boston tweeted the "Parts Unknown" show she'd tuned into on CNN had been replaced by some hard porn, and posted screen shots showing an RCN program guide for "Parts Unknown" overlaid on images of the porn.
Both RCN and CNN, however, deny that had happened.
Cybah, however, reports a friend of his saw the same thing on a Time-Warner cable system.
The user has since turned her Twitter account private.
Boston Magazine reports Mayor Walsh isn't a fan of how the cast of Hamilton addressed the vice president to be.
WBUR reports on Mayor Walsh's racism forum yesterday - which had actually been in the works for a couple of years.
The city of Boston has a lot of work to do to truly address its racial divisions - that's a clear sentiment that emerged from many people taking part in the opening session of a city-wide dialogue on race organized by Mayor Marty Walsh.
You can watch a video of the forum.
In Nov. 8-period thread about voting, someone asked for examples of the silly write-in entries I saw at mine. It wasn't as wide-ranging or impulsive as the last primary. Voters seemed to take this election more seriously.
We did see:
I have a few fans or gadflies from my role as a precinct warden in Boston. A few discuss elections and voting procedures when we meet on the sidewalk, supermarket, Y or elsewhere in Hyde Park or even Dedham.
One in particular is determined to stump me on ways a vote or the whole precinct can be gamed. He's pulled up in his car beside me when I hike up and down the hills (Brush and Fairmount) as well as in those other places. He walked to my side yard today while I was weeding my raised beds for the winter.
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