By - 1/16/15 - 2:09 pm

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) today called for creation of "an Olympic review commission with specialists in land use policy, municipal finance, and transportation planning to help vet the bid as it is being developed." She adds:

Boston 2024 should condition its bid on receiving affirmative approvals from each venue city or town by City Council vote.

The Boston City Council this week...Read more

By - 1/15/15 - 7:41 am

Boston Teachers Union members yesterday approved a contract change that will add 40 minutes to the school day at 60 BPS elementary schools over the next three years, in exchange for a pay increase. Other schools already had the extra time as pilot, in-district charter or turnaround schools.

WBUR has more on the teacher vote....Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 5:51 pm

A City Council committee on Friday considers setting up another committee to let councilors examine the implications of the 2024 Olympics bid.

New special committees need the consideration of Councilor Steve Murphy's Rules Committee before creation. Council President Bill Linehan proposed creation of the Olympics special committee.

Also Friday, the Rules Committee will look at creating a special committee to look at setting up a...Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 11:13 am
Woodbury Co. in old Boston

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

By - 1/14/15 - 10:04 am

The Herald reports Boston 2024 will let reporters take a peek at their bid documents - but not make copies. The public? Yeah, right, like they're going to let just anybody see those documents, now go away.

No Boston Olympics, meanwhile, holds its first major organizing meeting at 6 p.m. today at the First Church in Boston, 55 Marlborough St....Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 8:24 am

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) today will propose ordinances to require all BPS school buses that can carry 35 or more students to be equipped with passenger seat belts and to carry a monitor to keep them from getting out of line.

The council will take up the proposals at its regular meeting, which starts at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall....Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 8:18 pm

In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh praised both Boston Police and protesters for their reactions to the Ferguson and Garner issues.

But he said Boston still has wounds left over from its past:

I know from my own life that you can’t move forward unless you reach out and deal honestly with the past. The truth is that when it comes to

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By - 1/13/15 - 8:06 pm

In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh said he wants to set up the authority to fund the state-of-the-art schools he said Boston schoolkids deserve.

He said the authority will start with overhauls of the Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway and the upper Quincy School - and creation of a ten-year facilities plan for all Boston schools.

Walsh also announced a program...Read more

By - 1/12/15 - 11:02 am
Construction in a square in old Boston

But which square? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.Read more

By - 1/11/15 - 6:29 pm

A concerned citizen complains about all the complaints about litter in Boston:

I see lots of complaints about litter on sidewalks and gutters. Do people want street cleaning all year round? Grab a broom and clean up in front of your own home.

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By - 1/11/15 - 3:22 pm
Smiling people

Would police enforce smile edict? Photo by Nikos Koutoulas, under this Creative Commons license.

Via Michael Femia comes this list of IOC demands that helped convince Oslo to drop out of the running for the 2022 winter Olympics - it includes highway lanes set aside 24/7 for IOC members (not athletes or coaches, just people like IOC member Prince Albert of Monaco), royalty-like treatment at the airport and a pre-games meeting with the king (hmm, will Mahty do?)...Read more

By - 1/10/15 - 1:14 pm
Olympic vision for Boston

One of Boston 2024's many visions.

Wicked Local Somerville reports Joe Curtatone wants a slice of Olympics action:

Curtatone told the Journal Friday he would be open to bringing the games in some capacity to Somerville and did not rule out the possibility of constructing a stadium, hosting an event or building Olympic housing in the city.

Amazingly, nobody from Boston 2024 has yet reached out to the mayor of...Read more

By - 1/9/15 - 12:31 pm

John Fish tells the Globe his Suffolk Construction will not do any Olympics work so that he can continue to head up the private Olympics committee without a conflict of interest.Read more

By - 1/9/15 - 8:54 am

Mayor Walsh is announcing a series of meetings for residents to "discuss the benefits and impact on the city" if we actually get the 2024 Olympics:

  • January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.
  • February 24, 6:30 p.m. - Condon School Cafeteria, 200 D St., South Boston
  • March 31, 6:30 p.m. - Harvard Business School, (building to be determined)
  • April
  • ...Read more
By - 1/9/15 - 8:23 am

How about it, kids, let's put on an Olympics! Whadaya say?!? That, in essence, is pro-business columnist Shirley Leung's argument today.

But Leung is answering the wrong question. Many people have no doubts Boston can pull off an Olympics. The question these folks are asking is whether it's worth the costs (and not just in money).

Also, Ms. Leung? The Big Dig might...Read more

By - 1/8/15 - 8:46 am
Man in a mask

Kevin Connolly checks in:

When I bought this for $2 on eBay everyone laughed. Who's laughing now?

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By - 1/7/15 - 7:17 pm
Bill Linehan of the Boston City Council

City Council President Bill Linehan presided over today's council meeting with the help of his very own Bill Linehan bobblehead.Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 7:06 pm

BPS just announced: No school tomorrow due to the extreme cold, windchill, threat of frostbite, etc. So stay home and stay warm, kids.Read more