By - 9/12/14 - 6:36 am

The Globe reports on Council President Bill Linehan's proposal to increase councilor salaries about 29% - to $108,500.

By - 9/11/14 - 6:16 pm

Street Fight reports that Everyblock, which used to be a handy place to look up building permits and the like, is coming back to Boston and will add a Medford version (Medford? Yes, Medford).

By - 9/10/14 - 5:57 pm

There were roughly a gazillion hearings before the Boston Licensing Board today and roughly a gazillion minus two of those were from people who plan to serve tapas, a.k.a. small plates, a.k.a. community plates. Wha?

Are tapas the new cupcakes or the new froyo, only even more expensive? What is going on here?

By - 9/10/14 - 10:26 am
Old hillside in Boston

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

By - 9/9/14 - 9:15 pm

Unofficial results from Boston, the 800-pound gorilla of Suffolk County politics, show acting Sheriff Steve Tompkins easily besting challenger Doug Bennett (and the other guy who didn't have as many signs), while one-time City Councilor Felix Arroyo holds a commanding lead in the race for Register of Probate over incumbent Patricia Campatelli (currently running third behind Arroyo and Martin Keogh).... Read more

By - 9/5/14 - 5:52 pm

Since there are so many stories and comments here about the T, I thought the following might be interesting to many of you. Andrew is a member of the T Rider Oversight Committee. He has posted videos and commentary, from a trip to Tokyo, concerning the Tokyo Subway and how it compares to our own in Boston. He has asked for commentary, so I figured... Read more

By - 9/5/14 - 11:37 am

On Sept. 15, workers from the Office of Neighborhood Services will begin walking every last inch of the 850 miles of streets in Boston, to catalog everything they can find as part of a citywide "audit," Mayor Walsh announced today:

Our ONS reps are outstanding, but I want them to know every inch of the area that they represent and the best way to do

... Read more
By - 9/4/14 - 3:59 pm

A non-existent endorsement from Elizabeth Warren wasn't the only thing that showed up on Patty Campatelli's campaign Facebook page over the weekend. Somebody who follows the page forwarded the following screen capture. Like the Warren endorsement, these are now scrubbed from the page:

Patty Campatelli doesn't like Sonia Chang-Diaz

The last time something like this happened,... Read more

By - 9/4/14 - 10:15 am
Trolleys, parade in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what was going on in this picture, and when. See it larger.

By - 9/3/14 - 11:51 pm

The EPA reports it's given the Charles River an A- for cleanliness in 2013:

Reflecting nearly twenty years of focused efforts by EPA, state and local officials, private environmental advocacy groups and concerned citizens, this is the first time the Charles River earned a grade higher than “B+”. As with past years, the grade is based on bacterial sampling conducted by the Charles River

... Read more
By - 9/3/14 - 10:35 pm

The Globe reports the embattled Suffolk County Register of Probate posted a bogus endorsement from Elizabeth Warren on her Facebook page. Or maybe it's that hacker that seems to pop up every so often to post bogus stuff on her Facebook page.

Either way, tsk. She could still win, of course, given that roughly 6,000 other people are also running for the... Read more

By - 8/29/14 - 11:49 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that black infant mortality rates in the city decreased from 13.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001-2004 to 7.4 in 2009-2012.

The latest rate is twice that of white infants - but that compares to a death rate four times greater in the earlier period, the commission said.

The BPHC's efforts to improve the Black low birth

... Read more
By - 8/28/14 - 12:59 pm
Areas city has issues with federal flood map

One map showing where Boston thinks FEMA erred: Gray is for flood areas the city agrees with, blue areas the city thinks don't deserve the designation and red the areas the city thinks should be added.

Even as they are appealing roughly a third of the 1,500 acres the federal government wants to add to maps of areas likely to flood in a "100-year" event,... Read more

By - 8/28/14 - 9:08 am
Blimps over Boston!

Roving UHub photographer Ted Schwartzberg looked up late yesterday afternoon for Boston's first ever blimp parade - featuring the Hood, DirectTV and MetLife blimps in a grand procession of blimpiness (maybe next year they can have blimp races).

By - 8/27/14 - 11:21 am
Old newsstand

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this old newsstand.

By - 8/27/14 - 10:03 am

Boston is appealing a federal flood-plain decision that could mean dramatically higher insurance rates for thousands of Boston landowners.

In an appeal to FEMA yesterday, the city says 507 of the 1,585 acres the feds now say would flood in a "100-year storm" would not actually flood in that kind of storm.

Last year, FEMA released revised 100-year floodplain maps for eastern Massachusetts. Besides... Read more

By - 8/26/14 - 11:29 pm

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Anyone know a good black hair studio in Mattapan / Dorchester / Hyde Park? I need a perm!