The city of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development has filed legislation (sponsored by Mattapan's State Rep. Russell Holmes) that would allow the MBTA to sell land along its rail lines to developers at discounted rates, according to Scott Van Voorhis at the Globe. A second proposal would allow the city to offer property tax incentives to developers in order to encourage them to build...Read more
Boston 2024 organizers face tough sell in South Boston
By Michael Levenson, May 03, 2015
After listening to a city official describe Bostonâ€™s effort to host the 2024 Olympics, about 70 members of the City Point Neighborhood Association in South Boston took an informal poll: By a show of hands, how many in the room support the bid?
â€śNot one person put their...Read more
photo credit Faith Ninivaggi
Hundreds of protesters marched from Mattapan Square to Dudley Station yesterday, chanting slogans in a peaceful show of solidarity with activists in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray.
Boston loves its lions. From stately lions in our main library to lions that spout water around a flagpole, from stylized lions with wings to lions that proclaim the majesty of the British empire, lions are our pride. Read more
And they're everywhere, even if sometimes you have to look way, way up to see them...Read more
The City Council today took the first step towards installing sunscreen dispensers in city parks: Approving a motion for a hearing on the idea.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain), who proposed the dispensers, said it could be done at no cost to taxpayers if the the city partners with a sunscreen company or local health-care institution to fund the $100 to...Read more
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) says making sunscreen dispensers outdoors as ubiquitous as hand-sanitizer stations in city buildings would let residents and visitors enjoy this most walkable of cities with less fear of sun-caused skin cancer.
In a motion that goes before the council on Wednesday, O'Malley calls for a hearing to consider how to equip Boston parks with free sunscreen dispensers...Read more
We weren't the only people on our block - or across the city - who put leaf bags out this week, only to find them sitting forlornly by the curb at the end of the day. Turns out there wasn't any leaf collection this holiday week, but it resumes next week.Read more
Word comes after it turned out two of the machines used by Suffolk County prosecutors for evidence "gave readings during calibration tests that were within the manufacturerâ€™s guidelines but outside the narrower range imposed by the Code of Massachusetts Regulations," the DA's office reports, adding it is working with state experts to try to figure out what to do about the results.
Also, Suffolk prosecutors...Read more
The tales of past Olympicsâ€™ adverse effects on poor residents have become almost legendary. Homeless people arrested or bused out of town in Atlanta. Rental prices soaring in Sydney and London. More people on the streets in Vancouver. Homes knocked down in Beijing, Sochi, and Rio de Janeiro.
Rene Bernal, Dora Sandoval, and Alexander and Dulce Bernal
The sky's the limit tomorrow as the T throws open the faregates and lets everybody ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston (well, at least until the end of service), as a way of saying "sorry" for all that unpleasantness back in January and February.
Take that trip to Wonderland you've always wanted to? Family get together at Ruggles? Try to get on...Read more
Randi Weingarten, President, American
Federation of Teachers writes:
Sonya Romero-Smith is a kindergarten teacher in Albuquerque, N.M., where three-quarters of the students are poor. Before class each day, she feeds hungry students, cleans others with bathroom wipes and toothbrushes, and offers clean socks, underwear, pants and shoes to those who need them. This past fall, she became the foster mother of two of...Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that Boston cabbies who "lease" cabs for daily shifts are independent contractors and so owed nothing under the state's minimum-wage and unemployment laws.
The state's highest court noted that the state law that defines "employees" explicitly excludes cab drivers.
The judges also rejected the cabbies' assertion that collectively the medallion and radio-assocation owners were "a singular employer exercising...Read more