It's not all a bed of roses, a Seattleite warns us. Like, what happens when all those new techies decide to have kids, only there's a sudden shortage of apartments and condos with three bedrooms? Or when the diverse local community Amazon claims it wants discovers that Amazon's non-warehouse workforce is as white as any other tech company's?
After not taking Commuter Rail for several weeks, I got a surprise as I had to pass through a gauntlet at South Station on the way to Fairmount early this afternoon. Some Campbell's-kids looking junior T employees confronted every aspiring passenger at the entry to Track 9. They demanded tickets for that specific train. I carped as I had to unburden myself of my Haymarket goodies and coffee to dig into my shirt pocket. The kid blocking me tried to be solemn in saying, "It's in the tariff!" Read more.
“We brought violent crime down by 9 percent, property crime down by 16 percent, and, just as important, arrests are down 25 percent since 2014”
- Mayor Walsh 1/17/2017
The Herald reports a judge looking into the Suffolk County probate office found that while Felix Arroyo won a job for which he had no training, he was not helped by racist white workers who may have set out to sabotage him, especially after he dared to hire new employees who were not white.
In an election for an office few care about, Arroyo replaced Patty Campatelli, who, you may recall, was also suspended from the job.
The AP reports "Birds gone wild in Boston and Brookline of course " https://apnews.com/d6a8c9df55fc49b28fa5d5a5108ef507
After being wiped out from New England in the 1800s, the birds have stormed back in what’s considered a major success story for wildlife restoration. But as they spread farther into urban areas, they’re increasingly clashing with residents who say they destroy gardens, damage cars, chase pets and attack people.
The BPDA board yesterday approved a test to make it easier for homeowners to add a single apartment in three neighborhoods - in a program that will include zero-percent city loans of up to $30,000 for any required modifications. Read more.
In a city that thinks of itself sometimes as the Athens of America, surely we can have a real debate, where two candidates for a particular office can actually talk out issues.
That wasn't what we got tonight. The format of the "debate" between Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury left no room for the candidates to really get into things. Only for one brief moment did they break out of the confines of the forum-style session, when they exchanged a couple of angry barbs over last year's Black Lives Matter at Boston Latin imbroglio. Read more.
WCVB reports one of the posts involved "involved a cartoon man carrying a decapitated head with the caption 'Nat Turner's slave rebellion.' " A police officer now stands guard outside BFD headquarters just in case.
The folks at the Boston City archives wonder if you can place this scene.
CORRECTION: The candidates will have two debates after all - they agreed to a second one on Oct. 11.
After both sides agreed not to scab out at a WBZ debate, we're left with just a single mayoral debate, at WGBH's studios on the 10th (and now a second one the next night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury). Tito asked Marty for at least four total debates. One of Marty's minions replied, basically: Yeah, right.
Speaking of Walsh opponents, John Connolly popped up this week ... Read more.
Any idea where to bring 5" floppy disks to get text files?
The City Council yesterday approved a measure that would require landlords of larger buildings to have a specific reason to evict tenants - and to notify the city, so it could alert tenants to their rights, WBUR reports.
Both Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson pulled out of a debate planned for Channel 4 tonight because of a contract tiff between the station and union members over pay for longtime workers, the Globe reports. The union, an IBEW local, had planned a picket line.