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By - 3/5/15 - 10:17 am

Kevin McCrea (yes, that Kevin McCrea) proposes using some of that there smart technology to deal with winter space saving: Basically charge residents for city space savers embedded with GPS devices that could report to City Hall:

After a snowstorm, when a 'host' shovels out a spot and needs to drive off they put their "Official City of Boston Space Saver" in their spot and log that spot into the 'Space Saver Hub'. They give their account and password and enter when they need to return to the spot. The "Space Saver Hub" uses the GPS embedded into the device to log the location. A display screen on the device could flash "Free until 6 pm" or whatever time the person plans on returning. The host is responsible for keeping the device charged and/or batteries installed.

A 'guest' driving through the neighborhood would have two ways of finding a space to park. One is to look for the flashing displays on space savers, the second is to have their smart phone alert them to available spaces in the neighborhood.

By - 3/5/15 - 9:51 am
Tommy Chang's Twitter header

Tommy Chang has a new header image and user name for his Twitter account as he prepares to move from the Los Angeles Unified School District to Boston to become school superintendent.

He's changed his handle from TommyChangLAUSD to SuptChang, although he says "Taking ideas from students for any better handles." And he's already beginning to discuss Boston issues - and that basketball image:

Boston matters! As the birthplace of public ed in America, it needs to serve as a model of a world class education system.

By - 3/5/15 - 7:40 am

Xconomy reports the price of a cab medallion in Boston has dropped from $700,000 to $500,000 in just one year - and that Carriage News, a newspaper for the Boston taxi industry, stopped publishing last month.

By - 3/4/15 - 5:17 pm

The Somerville Community Access Television team conducted a series of interviews with regional filmmakers in the greater Boston area during Boston Indie Mafia’s Hob Nob Social event at the Arts at the Armory. Below is the playlist of all the interviews with clips from their respective film. For more information about upcoming Hob Nob Socials, visit this website.

By - 3/4/15 - 2:24 pm

Joe Keohane, who left Boston for New York, interviews Dennis Lehane, who left Boston for Los Angeles.

By - 3/4/15 - 8:14 am

Freeway Jim takes us on a speeded-up journey along the highways, bridges and tunnels around downtown Boston, set to, no, not "Roadrunner," but Boston's first album. With explanatory notes, photos and history inset along the way.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 3/4/15 - 7:42 am

Mary Moore writes she had actually been proud to have never taken an Uber car.

My patience ended this morning, when I stood on the street for 20 minutes in temperatures that hovered in the teens, waiting for a taxi that I'd ordered the night before.

By - 3/4/15 - 3:44 am

BINGO!

By - 3/3/15 - 9:01 pm
Tommy Chang

The School Committee tonight selected Tommy Chang, who currently oversees a system of 95,000 students in the Los Angeles school district, as Boston's next school superintendent.

By - 3/3/15 - 2:15 pm

City Council President Bill Linehan said today he'll chair a special committee to look at how Boston can host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

To join him, Linehan chose councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton), Frank Baker (Dorchester), Tito Jackson (Roxbury), Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan), Michelle Wu (at large), and Matt O’Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain).

By - 3/2/15 - 5:24 pm

Mayor Walsh says he wants to increase the fines for commercial snow infractions from $300 per incident to $1,500.

The fines would be levied in companies that refuse to shovel their sidewalks or dump snow in the street.

The increase would require approval from the state legislature.

By - 3/2/15 - 10:47 am
Old subway station in Boston

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

By - 3/1/15 - 5:45 pm

Meet James Knauer, Boston's Snowcrew.org Super Yeti! James became a Yeti on January 29th, 2015 and since has shoveled out 21 neighbors in need around Boston.

By - 3/1/15 - 1:54 pm

Edushyster takes a look at the four men in the running to take over at BPS. Her description of Tommy Chang might give pause to anybody who remembers the scheduling mess at Madison Park High School way back in September.

By - 3/1/15 - 10:40 am

So maybe the Fox commentator didn't actually witness wars, murders, fatal bombings, suicides or concrete-hurling rioters, but one thing he did watch was pornography in Boston.

By - 3/1/15 - 9:05 am

This is an excerpt from the National Weather Service's 1:15 a.m. forecaster's discussion for today's weather:

By - 2/26/15 - 8:28 pm

WGBH reports, adds there are questions about the status of finalist Guadalupe Guerrero's doctoral work at Harvard.

By - 2/26/15 - 4:22 pm
Martinez

Pedro Martinez, currently a state education administrator in Nevada, said he was initially reluctant to apply for the superintendent's job in Boston because the city's school system has such a good reputation nationally that he didn't know what he could really add to it.

He recalled going to educational seminars at Harvard in the early part of the 2000s and being so impressed by BPS under then Superintendent Thomas Payzant. "God, this is such a cool district," he recalled thinking.

By - 2/25/15 - 8:06 pm

DPW workers will begin removing parking space savers as part of regular trash pickup starting on Monday, the mayor's office announced today.

Mayor Walsh asked residents who have their space savers removed to not simply go into Lord of the Flies mode:

By - 2/25/15 - 4:44 pm

By Safety Whales.

H/t Michael Femia.

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