Boston

By - 1/28/15 - 6:46 pm

We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

This is a public safety issue. I am confident that our roads are safe and drivable, and that our schools will be clear by tomorrow morning. But, I have grave concerns about the status of our sidewalks and the well-being of students walking to and from their bus

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By - 1/28/15 - 12:14 pm

Mayor Marty Walsh said at a noon press conference the decision whether to close Boston schools tomorrow will be made later today.

The parking ban on major routes will end at 5 p.m.

Walsh also pleaded with people to stop throwing their damn snow into the streets (paraphrasing here). And he pleaded with younger residents to help shovel out their elderly neighbors.

If you're on... Read more

By - 1/28/15 - 10:32 am

Map showing open requests for snow plowing submitted to the city DPW via the Mayor's Hotline and Citizens connect. Click on a circled number to see more detailed markers.

NOTE: This is not real-time data - the database used to generate the map is updated only once a day.

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By - 1/27/15 - 6:25 pm

Mayor Walsh said today:

If you spend 10 hours shoveling out a space, it's your space for a couple of days.

By - 1/27/15 - 5:47 pm

Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"

Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are

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By - 1/27/15 - 4:20 pm
Sidewalk Sam

Sidewalk Sam with admirers and one of his smaller works. Photo by Matt Bargar.

Bob Guillemin, better known to Bostonians as Sidewalk Sam for his sidewalk murals, died at his Newton home Sunday, the Globe reports.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 1/27/15 - 10:39 am
Chihuahua in the snow

Paula Tennyson spotted a chihuahua with second thoughts. See way more photos, with more to come, of course.

By - 1/27/15 - 9:34 am
Do I haveta? <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulaTennyson/status/560067594485792768">Paula Tennyson</a>.
Wait, what? <a href="https://twitter.com/2015Snowst/status/559980907260809216">Boston Snowst 2015</a>.
Comm. Ave. in Allston. <a href="https://twitter.com/sznnmorse/status/560068991063166976">Suzanne Morse</a>.
These guys'll clean up. <a href="https://twitter.com/Garrywaldeck/status/560063491022024704">Gary Waldeck</a>.
Huntington Ave. <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560054227633192960">Sonia Q.</a>
Cavalry in Lower Roxbury at 7 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/zelenyoko/status/560052567389274112">Zelenyoko</a>.
Drifty. <a href="https://twitter.com/Peter_the_Gr8/status/560052835338174464">Mr. 309</a>.
Small dogs of Roslindale not pleased. <a href="https://twitter.com/jmecerretti/status/560070589436932096">Jamie Cerretti</a>.
No deliveries today. <a href="https://twitter.com/Shari_Weiner/status/560050247876247552">Shari W.</a>.
Brighton. <a href="https://twitter.com/Lecil/status/560048801093013504">Lecil</a>.
South Boston, 7:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/stevebikes/status/560053504526794753">SteveBikes</a>.
Lynn, 7 a.m. <a herf="https://twitter.com/jumpingjuli/status/560046863563644929">Juliet Parry</a>.
Where's the Pru? <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560044418909343744">Sonia Q.</a>
Ethereal convention center. <a href="https://twitter.com/hparker/status/559984423404593153">Heather Parker</a>.
Roslindale, 5:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/BPSNightmare/status/560033321460441088">Karen Kast-McBride</a>.
Romantic Southie snow walk. <a href="https://twitter.com/chipsy231/status/559963449326051329">Eileen Murphy</a>.
T workers worked through the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/MBTA/status/560083042824245248">MBTA</a>.
Brighton drifts. <a href="https://twitter.com/blakehuggins/status/560069662449598464/photo/1">Blake Huggins</a>.
Do I haveta? Paula Tennyson.
Do I haveta? <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulaTennyson/status/560067594485792768">Paula Tennyson</a>.
Wait, what? Boston Snowst 2015.
Wait, what? <a href="https://twitter.com/2015Snowst/status/559980907260809216">Boston Snowst 2015</a>.
Comm. Ave. in Allston. Suzanne Morse.
Comm. Ave. in Allston. <a href="https://twitter.com/sznnmorse/status/560068991063166976">Suzanne Morse</a>.
These guys'll clean up. Gary Waldeck.
These guys'll clean up. <a href="https://twitter.com/Garrywaldeck/status/560063491022024704">Gary Waldeck</a>.
Huntington Ave. Sonia Q.
Huntington Ave. <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560054227633192960">Sonia Q.</a>
Cavalry in Lower Roxbury at 7 a.m. Zelenyoko.
Cavalry in Lower Roxbury at 7 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/zelenyoko/status/560052567389274112">Zelenyoko</a>.
Drifty. Mr. 309.
Drifty. <a href="https://twitter.com/Peter_the_Gr8/status/560052835338174464">Mr. 309</a>.
Small dogs of Roslindale not pleased. Jamie Cerretti.
Small dogs of Roslindale not pleased. <a href="https://twitter.com/jmecerretti/status/560070589436932096">Jamie Cerretti</a>.
No deliveries today. Shari W..
No deliveries today. <a href="https://twitter.com/Shari_Weiner/status/560050247876247552">Shari W.</a>.
Brighton. Lecil.
Brighton. <a href="https://twitter.com/Lecil/status/560048801093013504">Lecil</a>.
South Boston, 7:30 a.m. SteveBikes.
South Boston, 7:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/stevebikes/status/560053504526794753">SteveBikes</a>.
Lynn, 7 a.m. Juliet Parry.
Lynn, 7 a.m. <a herf="https://twitter.com/jumpingjuli/status/560046863563644929">Juliet Parry</a>.
Where's the Pru? Sonia Q.
Where's the Pru? <a href="https://twitter.com/Q_Catalana/status/560044418909343744">Sonia Q.</a>
Ethereal convention center. Heather Parker.
Ethereal convention center. <a href="https://twitter.com/hparker/status/559984423404593153">Heather Parker</a>.
Roslindale, 5:30 a.m. Karen Kast-McBride.
Roslindale, 5:30 a.m. <a href="https://twitter.com/BPSNightmare/status/560033321460441088">Karen Kast-McBride</a>.
Romantic Southie snow walk. Eileen Murphy.
Romantic Southie snow walk. <a href="https://twitter.com/chipsy231/status/559963449326051329">Eileen Murphy</a>.
T workers worked through the night. MBTA.
T workers worked through the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/MBTA/status/560083042824245248">MBTA</a>.
Brighton drifts. Blake Huggins.
Brighton drifts. <a href="https://twitter.com/blakehuggins/status/560069662449598464/photo/1">Blake Huggins</a>.

First photos from the storm. Click on a thumbnail to see it larger below.

By - 1/26/15 - 4:44 pm
North Station crowds in advance of the Blizzard of 2015

Crowds at North Station as North Shore trains delayed. Photo by Andrea Eberly.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m. The Red Line surrendered in advance of the storm and is now just dead.

With those three words, the National Weather Service begins its latest report on the impending snowpocageddon, one its forecasters say could re-shape parts of the coastline with winds and waves punching out new inlets.

Later in the discussion, the NWS adds:

ITS BOMBOGENESIS BABY!

Downtown emptied early... Read more

By - 1/26/15 - 6:55 am
Infrared satellite image of the Blizzard of 2015

Here's the latest satellite image (infrared light) from NOAA's GOES-East satellite, enhanced to show the worst of it.

By - 1/25/15 - 11:13 pm

Marissa Breton asks:

Just trying to plan ahead, where could someone go sledding hypothetically speaking in Boston proper?

By - 1/25/15 - 9:45 pm

USA Today thinks Dan Shaughnessy is an arbiter of the Boston zeitgeist, and that we're all depressed because of Deflategate and that somehow has made us sour on the Olympics.

By - 1/25/15 - 7:56 pm

Boston has readied the secret hiding places of vast amounts of snow in advance of the Blizzard of 2015, Mayor Walsh says.

Our City has been through blizzards before and I am confident we are prepared. Public Works has 700 pieces of equipment ready, over 35,000 tons of salt on hand and snow farms are being readied for anticipated removal operations. Once the storm begins,

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By - 1/25/15 - 2:46 pm

Some Bostonians are fighting to keep the 2024 Summer Olympics out of their city due.

By - 1/25/15 - 10:34 am
Potentially historic blizzard coming to Boston

We'll be sounding the battle-stations klaxon at the French Toast Alert bunker later today - just as soon as we get back from the sort of breakfast we'll need to be fully girded for panic forecasting.

Meanwhile, we're already wondering what Charlie Baker will wear in his first appearance in the Bunka.

By - 1/23/15 - 2:58 pm

According to a new study (warning, PDF) released by Uber, yesterday, its Boston drivers - of which it estimates there are now 10,000 - are earning an average of $19 per hour, ~33-percent more than area taxi drivers and chauffeurs.

The study came under immediate criticism because its research was co-conducted in-house by John Hall, Uber Technologies' "Head of Policy Research", so, yeah, he... Read more

By - 1/23/15 - 5:27 am

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In think teach transform Molly Richard writes:

"The debate around Boston hosting the Olympics has many asking, “What makes a world-class city?”

Boston2024, the private entity that bid Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, would like us to think a world-class city emerges from the benefits incurred by Olympic host cities. However, in a public meeting last... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 11:50 am

The Globe reports that to aid the private organizing group's Olympic bid, he agreed to ban "city employees from criticizing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games."

No word on just what sort of penalties city workers would get for daring to criticize the private, un-elected group of rich business owners attempting to jam something down the throats of a city that may or... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 11:17 am
Old school bus at old building in Boston

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

By - 1/20/15 - 5:43 pm

Mayor Walsh's office released the following statement tonight (posted here in its entirety):

Mayor Walsh is not in support of a referendum on the Olympics. He looks forward to engaging in a robust community process and having a two-way conversation with all neighborhoods as we move forward. Should the public decide to collect signatures for a referendum, that is a right of the people that

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