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 of the money paid by motorists whose cars are towed go to the private towing companies - and would actually lead to cleaner streets, because when you get $90 tickets three or four weeks in a row, "I think you're going to move your car."

By - 3/25/15 - 7:53 am

So now Boston 2024 will push a statewide referendum, which might remind some of the effort a couple decades back to repeal rent control in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline via a statewide referendum.

By - 3/24/15 - 9:06 am

Everyone's favorite Yeti has gone into business.

According to this article, the Yeti has set up a web site at Etsy selling merchandise to support the MSPCA. Good for the Yeti!

By - 3/23/15 - 4:38 pm

There'll be no pot districts in Boston, if at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty has his way.

On Wednesday, the City Council considers a proposal by Flaherty that would require at least 2,500 feet - nearly half a mile - between any marijuana dispensaries in Boston, should we ever actually get any.

By - 3/23/15 - 2:58 pm

City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) - who recently had a son - want to let city employees who have kids take time off with pay.

Under their proposal::

During the leave period, the employee shall be paid 100 percent of her or his base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base wages for the following two weeks, and 50 percent of base wages for the remaining two weeks.

Employees would be able to take off longer periods of time without pay.

By - 3/23/15 - 12:39 pm

Rob Bellinger is gearing up for a series of local road trips to find the best steak tips in the Boston area. Look at his map; are there places he's missing?

It turns out that steak tips are not well-known outside of New England, or even outside of Boston. I mentioned them on a business trip to LA, and my coworker responded with a "What are you talking about?" I asked a Southern friend if they were served in his state - "Oh yeah, usually smothered in gravy, like a steak and gravy sort of thing." Sorry, buddy, but that’s not what we’re talking about.

By - 3/23/15 - 10:49 am
Elm Hill Market

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where the Elm Hill Market was and when this picture of it was taken. See it larger.

By - 3/23/15 - 10:29 am

They are, however, OK at the Museum of Science, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 3/22/15 - 7:05 pm

UPDATE: Boston 2024 has deleted the tweet.

This afternoon, Boston 2024 tweeted:

Have you seen all top ten Olympics movies on this list?

Get inspired. On your couch. #LazySunday #Boston2024

The tweet included a link to a list of must-see Olympic movies on a site called Two of the movies make you wonder if anybody at Boston 2024 actually read the list.

By - 3/22/15 - 12:14 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) holds a hearing Monday on his proposal to add a second student representative to the School Committee - and to give both votes on committee business.

The committee currently has a single non-voting student member - Ayomide Olumuyiwa, a junior at the O'Bryant School. Although he took an active role in the committee's questioning of superintendent candidates recently, when the time came to actually vote on a new superintendent, only the adults voted.

By - 3/22/15 - 7:13 am

Matt Karolian asks:

Looking for jewelers in Boston who do custom work. Recommendations?

By - 3/21/15 - 6:50 pm

Local singer Louie Bello reports he was on his way back from SXSW on JetBlue when one of the flight attendants asked him to get on the PA and sing a song.

By - 3/20/15 - 3:47 pm

Nicole Freedman, appointed by then Mayor Menino to gear up Boston's bicycling efforts, is leaving next week for a transportation job with the city of Seattle (to which we also recently lost our chief of detectives).

She writes:

By - 3/20/15 - 10:39 am

In contrast to the idea of a Boston Olympics, Bostonians love them some space savers. WBUR reports:

70 percent of Boston residents are in favor of the use of space savers, despite the controversy, vandalism and parking challenges the tradition brings each winter.

By - 3/19/15 - 9:53 pm

WBUR reports its latest Olympic poll shows only 36% of Boston residents now back the idea of holding the games in Boston - and that more people hold an unfavorable view of Boston 2024 organizers than think they're swell.

Separately, WBUR reports Deval Patrick now says he'll shmooze International Olympics Committee top dogs for free, instead of for $7,500 a day.

By - 3/19/15 - 7:31 pm

Squiggs asks:

Any pubs that you could shoot pool in?

By - 3/19/15 - 2:41 pm

CommonWealth Magazine ponders a Boston with a continuing decline in the pre-18 set.

Boston is becoming not only a city without young people to shovel snow for those of us with arthritic hands and bad backs, but also a city which has a strikingly reduced number of young people participating in Little League, youth hockey, scout groups, and all of those other bedrock institutions that cement neighborhoods and create a sense of community.

By - 3/18/15 - 4:44 pm

The National Weather Service says it's looking more like we could get ACCUMULATING WET SNOW starting Friday morning. And they're mentioning things we just don't want to hear anymore, like CYCLOGENESIS (granted, it's no BOMBOGENESIS, BABY!) and the 40/70 benchmark. The French Toast Alert level has been adjusted accordingly.

By - 3/18/15 - 7:27 am

WBUR reports on a study that found Boston is the third most unequal city in the country in terms of income:

In 2013, the richest Boston households - those at the 95th percentile - took home $239,837 in income, while those at the 20th percentile made just $15,952.