By - 4/16/09 - 10:11 am

General Growth Properties, which operates Faneuil Hall Marketplace and owns the Natick Mall Collection, filed for bankruptcy today.

By - 4/15/09 - 9:55 pm

Kevin McCrea reports he's registered to run for both mayor and city council.

He says he'd rather run for mayor, but he wants to make sure his voice is heard this fall and just in case he decides he can't raise enough money to run for mayor, he'll try for an at-large council seat:

My first priority is to be elected Mayor and give the citizens of Boston the honest and accountable leadership they deserve. However I am the first to admit that I do not have the same access to money and special interest influence that my opponents have. They are all entrenched politicians who have been involved in 'go along to get along' back room deals that have favored insiders at the expense of the public. I still want the opportunity to change this city, and that is why I am keeping the option of running for City Council open.

By - 4/15/09 - 1:53 pm

A Globe gallery feature on the best used and specialty bookstores:

My vote for best used bookstore goes to the Brattle Book Shop on West Street. The outdoor carts have great $1-$3-$5 bargains, and with an excellent selection inside. I have taken out-of-town visitors there and they have raved about it too.

Although Boston & Cambridge have lost a number of their bookstores over the years, this remains a great place for book lovers.

By - 4/15/09 - 8:03 am

The Globe reports:

He has a 3,000-square-foot headquarters plastered with green campaign signs, an oversize sign-up sheet for interns, and a stack of voter registration cards. He has a new campaign manager, rebounding from the John Edwards presidential campaign in New Hampshire. And he has just cut a new television commercial on a side street of modest homes in West Roxbury. ...

And yet, he won't come out and say those magic words.

By - 4/14/09 - 10:23 pm

So reports the Herald:

The Boston Globe employee union that represents the paper’s reporters and photographers has agreed to negotiate with The New York Times [NYT] Co. as the beleaguered broadsheet's management seeks ways to significantly trim its operating costs.

But that union - the Boston Newspaper Guild - will only negotiate if the sessions are done in public.

By - 4/14/09 - 8:14 pm

Wicked Local Roslindale posts the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation endorsement of Michael Flaherty.

David Bernstein, meanwhile, writes up some of the more interesting fundraising tidbits of late - for example, Sam Yoon doesn't have the Asian money completely sewn up.

By - 4/14/09 - 12:39 pm

Boston Police have twittered about a large protest of 300-500 firefighters holding a rally at Beacon St and Charles St near the Common. No word on the rally yet from either of the papers of record. Any idea what's going on today up on the Hill?

By - 4/13/09 - 10:10 am

Take a page from the T, put ads on the sides of the bridge and then light them up.

By - 4/13/09 - 4:22 am

BU is the NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Champion! As winners of every tournament they entered this season, the team will be riding duck boats from Kenmore to Marsh Plaza with the Championship Trophy to celebrate on Tuesday, April 14 at noon. Be there! There will be cake!

By - 4/12/09 - 10:19 am

Heaven for map nerds: Mass. Historical Society's online collection of colonial-Boston maps.

Via J.L. Bell, who points out some of the highlights.

And let's not forget the BPL's online Boston map collection.

By - 4/10/09 - 8:25 am

Discussses development and community involvement at an Allston forum, the Crimson reports.

By - 4/9/09 - 3:46 pm

The turnpike authority is canning the lights to save money - and is considering shutting off every fourth light in the Big Dig tunnels - the Globe reports, adding, however, the authority will continue to splurge on those red lights that keep planes from crashing into the bridge.

By - 4/9/09 - 2:14 pm

"Cyberbullying" has become a genuine problem on some college campuses, reports BU's Bostonia magazine in its Spring 2009 edition:

In summer 2007, a music professor at BU was shocked to learn that he had a Facebook page — in his name, with a recent photo and a spot-on bio. But, the professor recalls, “embedded in the document were really scurrilous things that were reputed to have been said by me, and they were quite unpleasant and ugly and immature.”

By - 4/9/09 - 9:40 am

Despite Economic Instability, Sponsorship Support Remains Strong for Project Bread's Walk

By - 4/8/09 - 11:41 am

Commonwealth UnBound interviews Edward Glaeser, director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston on why Boston rates worse than cities in California and even Rochester, NY in a study of carbon emissions.

Glaeser says one solution would be allowing denser development. He lives in Weston, but says he would "absolutely" support more development there.

By - 4/8/09 - 9:35 am

Third Decade comes across a 1912 Times article on a bill that would have let Boston annex every city and town within 10 miles of the State House. In the end, of course, Boston only annexed the town of Hyde Park, but he wonders how things would be different today if the bill had succeeded - and Boston had taken over all those communities:

By - 4/8/09 - 9:28 am

Globe reports:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today will propose laying off 565 city workers, including public school teachers, police officers, and librarians, cutbacks that Boston officials said are needed to help balance the $2.4 billion city budget. [...] Signori said that if more unions agree to wage freezes and if stimulus money arrives in time, some jobs slated for elimination in the mayor's budget could be saved.