By - 8/21/14 - 9:39 am

In response to a complaint about how the lights at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street downtown now require pedestrians to cross with traffic rather than all alone, the city Transportation Department's engineering team optimistically says drivers will yield to walkers:

Walk signals at this location allow pedestrians to cross while the light is green for vehicles. Turning vehicles must yield to pedestrians. This type

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By - 8/21/14 - 9:07 am

Cory asks:

I need a piece of art (8Ă—10 watercolor) framed, anyone have a place they love in Boston?

By - 8/20/14 - 2:47 pm

The City Council today approved a "trust act" under which Boston Police would be barred from holding people on "civil detainer" requests from ICE.

The measure now goes to Mayor Walsh, who has said he would sign it.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) said the measure would prove welcome relief to many people in his district who today do not report crimes... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 12:59 pm

The City Council today voted to ban a phone app that lets users notify other users of impending open parking spaces in Boston - and to back it up with fines of up to $250 per instance.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), who proposed the ordinance, admitted that he doesn't understand "all apps," but he understands this one just fine. "They were trying to buy... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 12:06 pm
Old brick street in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 8/20/14 - 11:59 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a company that wants to operate amphibious sightseeing tours in Boston has to first get permission from the Boston police commissioner.

Nautical Tours has been trying to win permission to carry sightseers around the Hub since 2007, when it first asked the state Department of Public Utilities for a license to serve Boston.

The department said the company... Read more

By - 8/19/14 - 8:08 am

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to take a look at the role large landlords are playing in forcing longtime residents out of the city.

On Wednesday, Jackson will ask fellow councilors for a hearing to consider "displacement, community stability and neighborhood preservation."

In his hearing request, Jackson writes:

The foreclosure crisis and the surge of residential housing conversion by corporate landlords backed by investors

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By - 8/18/14 - 7:11 pm

The City Council on Wednesday considers a request to begin looking at possible regulations over online services that let people rent apartments, such as Airbnb - and even Craigslist.

Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) says Boston needs to look at the burgeoning services before Boston's residential neighborhoods are harmed. In his request for a hearing, LaMattina writes:

Typical short-term lodging establishments -

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By - 8/18/14 - 8:20 am

On Friday, August 1, I had some business at Boston City Hall in the early morning. Imagine my surprise and disgust to see none other than Doug Bennett strolling out as I was heading in.

He was smiling his wide, toothy smile, wearing a Scally cap, and walking with all the confidence of a veteran candidate for public office in multiple jurisdictions.... Read more

By - 8/17/14 - 11:33 am

SoJust is 8! That's right, it's been EIGHT years since our first event! Join us to celebrate 2500 members, 180+ events and countless connections made since 2006! Our birthday parties are always our biggest events. Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet 120+ friendly SoJusters!

Meet like-minded progressives at Connecting for Justice on September 11th from 6-8:30PM at Lir Irish... Read more

By - 8/17/14 - 11:31 am

Do you often get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive ProfDev on the Art of the Schmooze on Thursday, September 4th 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

Fee: $10 in advance/$20 at the door is split with the trainer.
Limited space - Register at - Newcomers always welcomed!
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By - 8/15/14 - 10:41 am

WGBH takes a look at the Boston Public Library's push to get rid of books that people no longer check out - and why not everybody agrees with it.

By - 8/14/14 - 11:07 am

BostInno reports on Anwar Faisal's appearance before a City Council committee yesterday, notes Faisal and his lawyer know how to look up Councilor Josh Zakim's campaign contributions.

By - 8/13/14 - 5:06 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the city council could try to ban Haystack, an app that lets users alert others about parking spaces they're leaving. Haystack's tyro of a CEO direly warns that if the council does this, it is consigning Boston to become a provincial backwater of Luddite mistanthropes melancholically wallowing in the past, or words to that effect.

The council replies nobody's... Read more

By - 8/13/14 - 3:12 pm

Wait, so there might be a limit to how many luxury apartments Boston can support? Apparently so.

By - 8/12/14 - 11:23 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that the Zoning Board of Appeals will start holding bi-weekly sessions to hear zoning requests from homeowners and small businesses.

And unlike regular zoning-board hearings, which are held during working hours, the new hearings - to be conducted by a board subcommittee, will be held in the evenings.

The goal is to help decrease a ZBA backlog that had gotten up... Read more

By - 8/11/14 - 11:36 am
Lots of bales on an old Boston street

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what the deal was with all those bales. See it larger.

By - 8/11/14 - 11:01 am

And shows that Hello Kitty truly is the universal language of home decorating - as well as some cute optimism that the Green Line extension will really be completed in four years.

But where's this collection of skyscrapers CCTV briefly shows towards the end of its report on Chinese residents snapping up condos and homes in Boston? Doesn't exactly scream "Boston."

By - 8/11/14 - 10:36 am

Suffolk University will offer the History of Boston as a free online course starting Oct. 20, taught by Suffolk history professor Robert J. Allison.

By - 8/9/14 - 9:36 am

The state has released a map of evacuation zones for major hurricanes.

The map shows areas that could get whacked by worst-case storm surges - with the brownish areas those that would likely get flooded in Category 1 storms, yellow in Category 2 storms and green in Category 3 and 4 storms (you can also download more detailed community maps).

The best way

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