At least temporarily, the city's two licensing boards will have a single chairwoman. Patricia Malone is out as director of the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing. A couple weeks ago, Mayor Walsh named Christine Pulgini, chairwoman of the Boston Licensing Board as interim director of Consumer Affairs and Licensing, at least for the next two months. Read more.
Video of GreaterBoston from wgbhnews.com.
WGBH's Jim Braude interviewed Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Bob DeLeo on WGBH's GreaterBoston Thursday, July 9 about their recently completed state budget.
Jim Braude: "Starting with you Mr. Speaker, give me the one or two things in the budget that the people in Massachusetts should feel best about."
Speaker DeLeo: "Our work on the MBTA. EITC--the earned income tax credit, and also we produced a fiscally responsible budget."
There's this guy opening a roast-beef restaurant in Washington, DC who says his recipes were inspired by his time in Boston:
Beef n Bread is a fast casual down to earth sandwich shop inspired from living in Boston (what pizza is to New Yorkers, Roast beef is to Bostonians) I lived there like 4 years. ...
Via Mike the Mad Biologist, who used to live here, too.
The National Weather Service has a flash-flood watch in effect until 8 p.m.
New York, San Francisco and San Jose beat us, according to the Boston Business Journal, which quotes some Gloomy Gus about how all those new residential units are going to force landlords sooner or later to lower their rents.
Keven McCrea reports on a polling call he got last night. "They did not identify who they were from but clearly were paid by Boston 2024. They asked 13 (!) questions to garner a lot of information about potential supporters/opposers of the Olympics." Read more.
This just in... Boston University is notifying summer students that one of their own was walking around campus July 1 & 2 with an infectious case of mumps, and requiring students to prove (if their records on file with Student Health Services don't already do so) that they're either vaccinated or immune, or they're going to be isolated from campus by the Boston Public Health Commission.
The Herald reports city stats show Boston continues to experience a building boom and that while permits for low- and moderate-income housing increased, 57% of the permits were for "unrestricted market-rate housing units in the Hubâ€™s higher-end neighborhoods."
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo.
ArchDaily interviews a trio of architects writing a book about the glory of 1960s and 1970s concrete architecture in Boston and why they prefer to call it "Heroic" rather than "Brutalist." For starters, not all concrete buildings are brutalist. Equally important, they say, all that concrete reflects an era in which city leaders managed to revitalize a city that had been somnolently declining for decades. Read more.
UPDATE: Boston 2024 says it will release its new plan at 10 a.m. on Monday.
We'll have to wait until next week to hear any new information about the financials for the proposed 2024 Olympics. The City Council Special Committee on the 2024 Olympics held a hearing today about venue selection and financing but it didn't get many answers. Read more.
Jimmy Cawley, who spent the past eight years with WORK, Inc. of Dorchester, helping people with disabilities train for and get jobs, died overnight from the lung cancer doctors only discovered when he had a stroke a couple of months ago.
Cawley, a Grateful Dead fan who spent 20 years as a newsroom researcher at the Globe, leaves his wife Elisa and his children Christina and Kevin.
The mayor's office today announced the city is installing sunscreen dispensers at Millennium Park in West Roxbury; Jamaica Pond; Boston Common; Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and East Boston Stadium and Memorial Park.
The dispensers, first proposed by City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), make Boston "the first major city in the Northeast" to offer free sun protection to residents and visitors. The city Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change to install the dispensers.