Boston

By - 3/15/16 - 2:00 pm
BRA

The BRA plans to issue an RFP next week for a "strategic advisor" charged with helping the authority "in the development of an organizational identity and brand strategy" based on some reforms the authority has made over the past couple of years.

In many ways, the BRA's brand remains unchanged from its founding in the 1950s as a way for the city to condemn and tear down entire neighborhoods, BRA Director Brian Golden acknowledges. Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 11:39 am

A new study by the BRA does little to dispel the idea that Boston is increasingly becoming a place for the very rich and the very poor. Boston's Workforce finds: Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 10:42 am
Guys in a tunnel

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out exactly what these guys were doing, and when (hint: This was on a Saturday night) See it larger.

By - 3/15/16 - 10:37 am

Mayor Walsh wants to expand a pilot program in Charlestown in which the city increased the fine for curbside parking on street-sweeping days from $40 to $90 and in exchange stopped towing cars whose owners left them there anyway. Read more.

By - 3/15/16 - 8:32 am

The Globe reports on a case involving a phone belonging to an alleged member of the Columbia Point Dawgs, indicted last year with 47 other people.

By - 3/14/16 - 6:46 pm

But at a City Council hearing today, a leader of a small-landlord group vowed war against a proposed "just cause eviction" law that would require landlords to notify tenants why they're being evicted - and to file copies with the city. Read more.

By - 3/14/16 - 11:57 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report they are looking at "several incidents" involving people who made payments for apartments advertised online that were not, in fact, available for lease.

After making payments for apartments advertised on sites such as Craigslist: Read more.

By - 3/11/16 - 6:18 am

The Globe reports Mayor Walsh has told School Superintendent Tommy Chang to put more money into high schools following this week's student protests over potential cuts to foreign-language and other programs.

Walsh is hoping the state comes through with $5 million in extra reimbursement for the loss of students to charter schools the Globe reports. But part of the money will come from not expanding Advanced Work Classes in grades 4-6. The classes, which offer more rigorous instruction, are seen as a conduit to the city's exam schools and Chang had made their expansion part of his plans for improving tests scores in general and for dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School.

By - 3/10/16 - 11:59 am

The Boston Business Journal reports that Biz Stone, who grew up in the Boston area, and his wife, have decided to fund all the Boston projects listed on DonorsChoose, a site that matches teachers with specific requests with donors.

The money will pay for everything from laptops and cameras to a band saw (for a robotics club at the Quincy Upper School in Chinatown).

By - 3/8/16 - 2:42 pm

WBUR reports on proposals by the city Housing Innovation Lab to get more housing built for families that earn between $50,000 and $125,000 a year. One idea is to give builders the right to build more total units if more of them are marketed as affordable:

The lab is working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority planning areas in Jamaica Plain/Roxbury and South Boston to carry this out.

By - 3/8/16 - 2:07 pm

Boston Building Resources reports somebody donated these wooden things to them, but they have no idea what they are. Any clues?

By - 3/7/16 - 3:13 pm
Protest against BPS budget cuts

At 11:30 a.m., hundreds of high-school and middle-school students walked out of their classes at Boston schools and streamed onto buses and subways for the ride downtown to let the mayor and the governor know they don't want their programs cut. Read more.

By - 3/7/16 - 7:51 am

The Globe reports several construction unions will offer to accept lower wages - $40 an hour rather than $60 - on apartment-construction jobs - if all the jobs on a particular site are given to union workers.

By - 3/5/16 - 10:53 am

A New York activist who helped bring down ACORN and who was arrested for breaking into a US senator's office in Louisiana wants a US judge to strike down the Massachusetts law that prohibits audio recordings without a person's consent. Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 6:32 pm

Students at Boston high schools could walk out of classes Monday for a protest to demand more funding for the schools, which are facing program cuts for the next school year.

Some parents support the protest, being organized on social media, for a Monday morning walkout and march to the State House to demand more aid for their schools. Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 8:38 am

Legal Sea Foods this week sued DoorDash for offering home delivery of Legal meals even though Legal says it wanted nothing to do with the service - and repeatedly told it to stop doing that. Read more.

By - 3/3/16 - 6:41 pm

When we got to the Stop & Shop on American Legion a bit ago, we saw a couple of skinny Bennett signs. Green, of course, and hand painted. Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 5:46 pm
Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced today her office will investigate allegations of civil-rights violations at Boston Latin School. In a statement, she said: Read more.