By - 12/23/13 - 1:52 pm

The Atlantic considers 20 years' worth of "Thomas M. Menino, Mayor" signs in thousands of locations across this great city of ours and talks to a Walsh spokesperson, who says the Mayor to Be plans to replace just one sign - in the City Hall lobby.

“Mayor-Elect Walsh ran a campaign focused on improving education, strengthening public safety, and supporting economic development in Boston,”

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By - 12/23/13 - 10:42 am

Duncan Wilder Johnson is raising funds for a documentary about Sam Black Church, a local hardcore and metal band from 1988 through 2000.

By - 12/22/13 - 8:40 pm

It is both sad and, in a way fitting, that I learned of Herb Gleason's passing in today's Boston Globe in a story "BRA cuts deals at expense of affordable housing". Had the story not mentioned his passing, one of my first reactions would have been to call Herb to talk with him about it.

I met Herb several years ago after he tracked... Read more

By - 12/22/13 - 9:09 am

The Globe reports on a fiefdom of bureaucrats overseen by a clueless board that cuts deals with developers to reduce payments for affordable housing - and then diverts millions from the funds it does collect to non-housing uses or just lets the money sit in the bank.

By - 12/21/13 - 11:52 am

Christopher Lydon is looking to the future of Boston by examining its past, and as part of that, dug up this copy of the "Where's Boston" film that was produced for the 1976 bicentennial and which used to be played for tourists, first at the Pru and later at Faneuil Hall (ed. question: In a building where Abercrombie & Fitch is now?).... Read more

By - 12/20/13 - 12:45 pm

The race to succeed Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh as the 13th Suffolk District State Representative has begun. Boston Police Officer Tony Dang, a Big-Time organizer for Marty Walsh in both the Vietnamese Communities and all of Dorchester in Walsh's triumphant candidacy to become Boston's Mayor succeeding Tom Menino, has entered the race.

Dang, 32, will face Dan Hunt whose father and brother both ran for... Read more

By - 12/19/13 - 6:46 am

Masspaths Snow Plowing Reports has updates on the latest status of bike paths in the area.

By - 12/18/13 - 2:21 pm

The city council today voted 12-1 to ask the legislature to lift the current state cap on liquor licenses in Boston and return control of the Boston Licensing Board to the mayor.

Only Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) voted against at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley's proposal.

The home-rule petition to go to the legislature would not only give Boston control back over liquor... Read more

By - 12/18/13 - 10:49 am
Women in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure it out - as well as when and where, of course. See it larger.

By - 12/17/13 - 6:41 pm

Snow, dead trains on the Orange Line and commuter rail, tonight had it all. Some examples:

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By - 12/16/13 - 5:24 pm

PJA Advertising put together this seasonal message back when we had all those street pianos.

H/t Graham Spector.

By - 12/15/13 - 3:38 pm

MuckRock, which made the initial public-records request for the basic data as part of a joint investigation with the Globe, maps the locations.of the 40% of license hits it got from Boston Police - minus the license-plate numbers, which the department accidentally gave out.

By - 12/15/13 - 11:15 am

The British Library has posted more than a million images from books in its collection, and many of them are of Boston, from this engraving of the three hills that gave Boston its original name (today memorialized in Tremont Street) to images of 17th-century colonial coinage to drawings of 18th and 19th century buildings, such as this fortress colonial (it's way... Read more

By - 12/14/13 - 10:20 pm

Robin asks:

Bostonians: what do you bring as local gifts for pals when you're traveling via plane & not checking a bag?

By - 12/13/13 - 8:24 am

Remember when Marty Walsh said he'd tear apart and replace the BRA? Yeah, well, about that ...

By - 12/11/13 - 3:14 pm
Shop class

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where and when this shop class was. See it larger.

By - 12/11/13 - 3:05 pm

Peter Stidman, director of the Boston Cyclists Union, is urging members and bike fans to call Michelle Wu - and other city councilors, but especially newcomer Wu - to try to convince them not to vote for Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) as the next city-council president:

You may remember that Bill Linehan is the only city councillor to oppose a bike

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By - 12/10/13 - 1:16 pm

A progressive group doesn't get how the at-large councilor-to-be could think of supporting Bill Linehan for city council president.

By - 12/9/13 - 12:50 pm
Not urchins

But where were they standing, and when? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can determine that. See it larger.