By - 1/17/15 - 6:15 pm is the URL (well, one of the URLs) for Boston's new pay-by-phone pahking app. From the people who brought you Wicked Free WiFi, and who no doubt will announce Spahkling Cleah Bubblas in city pahks this summer.

H/t Marilyn Moedinger.

By - 1/17/15 - 10:20 am

The Herald reports the 25-year-old woman working for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families is now an ex-part-time worker.

By - 1/16/15 - 9:16 pm


Let’s get the cliché right out the way: it was just another cold winter January weekday morning in the town where I live, just seven miles from the center of Boston, Massachusetts. Wake up in the dark, get the kids going, make the coffee and breakfast, turn on the radio, start the cars up and tell the kids it’s time for school. An “I love you” here, an “I’ll see you tonight” there. Pull out from the driveway and head into suburbia.

By - 1/16/15 - 9:06 pm

Rebecca Hains writes about the disingenuous media narrative advanced about the I-93 Black Lives Matter non-violent civil disobedience on Martin Luther King's birthday, Thursday, Dec 15, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 race and class, Boston has a lot of unfinished business. We must not be afraid to talk about it.

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 with software company SAP to help Charlestown High School students take technology classes at Bunker Hill Community College.

He also addressed the more general issue of the state of Boston Public Schools:

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.

By - 1/12/15 - 10:58 am

By Bodhi Films.

Via Jared.

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.

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?) and a demand that hotel workers always smile at IOC members.

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 the Brooklyn of New England.

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.

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:

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).