By - 1/19/16 - 6:13 pm

Local filmmakers Richard Hawke and Paul Villanova created this 3 1/2-minute video of Boston in Flux to show Boston changing over the decades.

We wanted the film to be more than simply a photographic effect," says Villanova. "We wanted to visually demonstrate the paradox of Boston - how it is constantly changing, and yet, in many ways looks the same as it did 100 years ago. There is a tension we wanted to capture."

Then and now: Some Boston scenes.

By - 1/17/16 - 6:07 pm
Women exercising in Boston

Boston high school students exercising in early 1890s (from BPL). See larger.

The Massachusetts Historical Society fills us in on the movement to get women moving, starting in the 1860s: Read more.

By - 1/17/16 - 3:35 pm

MZ asks:

Looking to donate luggage to an organization dealing with foster children or domestic abuse victims.Any suggestions, please?

By - 1/17/16 - 9:55 am

With Boston booming, there's no real reason Boston schools are being ordered to make cuts that could mean teacher and program cuts, is there? There is if you look at it as one of the first steps in Mayor Walsh's long-term plan to completely reorganizes BPS and build a system with fewer, but bigger schools, Mike Freedberg writes:

Complete reorganization of Boston’s schools system is certainly Walsh’s goals, as it is the goal of the city’s employers and of many of the city’s school-kid parents. This cannot possibly be accomplished all at once. You can only reform an entrenched vested interest by chipping away at it, a little at a time. Walsh’s $ 50 million FY 2017 schools short-sheet looks like the first chip in his long term plan.

By - 1/15/16 - 1:08 pm

City Hall today announced an online dashboard that is supposed to let people know at a glance how efficiently various city services and metrics are being met - for example, stabbings (hey, it's the very first item) are apparently down from where the city expected them to be (yay!), while city traffic-light repair is going slower than it should (boo!).

By - 1/15/16 - 12:16 pm

A West Chester, PA man faces up to five years in federal prison after admitting yesterday he blackmailed a college student in Boston over some nude photos he had of her in a campaign that included a threat to drive here and "go on a rampage." Read more.

By - 1/14/16 - 11:55 pm
Berents-Weeramuni discusses the BPS budget

Berents-Weeramuni discusses the BPS budget.

They don't have $18 million in New York money, but some 300 pro-BPS residents and teachers said tonight they will run a robust campaign to protect Boston public schools by fighting proposals that would lift the cap on charter schools, meld charter and BPS enrollment systems and cut $50 million from the budget of the nation's oldest public-school system. Read more.

By - 1/14/16 - 10:03 pm

Tonight in Boston, over 350 parents, teachers, students and community members packed a community forum at Madison Park to resist charter expansion as well as the Mayor's third annual austerity budget for Boston Public Schools.

Boston is both a wealthy city and a poor city. In fact, Boston is #1 city in income inequality.

More than half of our kids in Boston Public Schools live at or near the poverty level. At the same time we have great wealth and lots of luxury condos to prove it.

Marty Walsh's choice has been austerity-- funding cuts -- to Boston Schools totaling $190,000,000 over three years. Enough.

By - 1/13/16 - 7:17 pm

Good Lord, look what popped up on the twitosphere today (and now we're picturing one last intern who somehow got locked into the Boston 2024 bunker when everybody else left).

Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 3:39 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to exempt Boston homeowners over 60 and people with disabilities from the requirement to shovel their sidewalks after snowstorms.

In a request for a hearing that will go before the council tomorrow, Jackson says: Read more.

By - 1/12/16 - 2:55 pm

For six months Marty Walsh advocated for Boston 2024 as if it was the highest priority of his administration despite: Read more.

By - 1/9/16 - 11:38 am

Remember the woman who spent two years sketching every single T stop? She's not alone. Seems growing numbers of urban sketchers have been gathering in Boston to sketch the city and now they're putting on their first exhibit, through Jan. 23 at Arcworks in Peabody.

By - 1/9/16 - 11:25 am

Boston Police have released a database of Field Interrogation and Observation (FIO) records from 2011 through April of last year, so have at it, data analysts (you can download a 3.2M XLS copy). The release comes in response to an ACLU public-records request - more than a year ago.

BPD outlines the basic results: Read more.

By - 1/8/16 - 8:15 am
Look of the new City of Boston Web site

Not yet desktop optimized; compare to mobile version to the right.

Mobile version of the new Boston city Web site

City Hall yesterday launched, to show off its migration from the current city Web site to something new and sparkly.

A key change is what City Hall is calling "topics," basically, collections of city resources keyed around the way we live, not how City Hall departments are organized. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:41 am

The Boston Business Journal reports monthly rents continued to increase even as vacancy rates have been inching up due to new construction. New York, San Francisco and San Jose still have higher average rents.

By - 1/6/16 - 11:13 am
Old block in old Boston

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

By - 1/6/16 - 10:54 am

Do you want to get more involved with your community in 2016? Want to help out the youth in Boston? Want to add more value to your life? Look no further!

Boston Partners in Education is seeking adults in the community to step up and become academic mentors to Boston Public Schools students.

By - 1/6/16 - 7:56 am

The Suffolk County Registry of Deeds Web site now lists Thomas M. Ryan as "temporary register," rather than longtime Register (and former Boston Police Commissioner) Mickey Roache.

DeannaMae reports Roache retired just before Christmas. Roche also once served as an ay-large city councilor. Hmm, could this be just the job for a recently unseated at-large councilor?

H/t Theszak for noticing that.

By - 1/4/16 - 4:03 pm
 Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina, will be sworn in as a member of the Boston School Committee today.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.