Boston

By - 6/14/16 - 9:38 am

The Boston Public Library's board of trustees today offered the president's job to the man who's been running the BPL system since the last permanent president left.

David Leonard accepted the job, the week after the trustees' first choice decided not to leave San Jose, CA. Read more.

By - 6/12/16 - 11:45 am

Laura Alix asks:

Any idea where we can donate blood in Boston to help Orlando shooting victims?

By - 6/10/16 - 2:08 pm

Jill Bourne, San Jose city librarian, has declined the Boston Public Library's offer to become its new president for "personal reasons," BPL announced today. Read more.

By - 6/8/16 - 1:36 pm

The City Council today voted unanimously to reject Mayor Walsh's budget proposals for the fiscal year that starts July 1, with education spending the major stumbling block.

The council voted to reject the measure "without prejudice," meaning there's room for negotiation. Read more.

By - 6/8/16 - 1:15 pm

The City Council today unanimously reaffirmed the city's policy against letting Boston police officers detain anybody at the request of federal immigration officials unless they have a criminal warrant. Read more.

By - 6/7/16 - 7:02 am

MMA fighter Kimbo Slice died yesterday at 42. He first came to fame in a series of online videos of his fights. And the only one of those he ever lost was to a Boston cop, Sean Gannon, in 2004. The fight got Gannon into a bit of trouble back home.

By - 6/3/16 - 9:46 am

I normally would not quote two articles from the Huffington Post, but they are Boston specific and make a ton of sense to me.

I've been trying to figure out this whole FiOS rollout in Boston. There has to be a sweet deal in there for Verizon for them to re-neg on years of telling the city, "No, no FiOS for you". Now I have the smoking gun. Read more.

By - 6/2/16 - 10:29 am
Old Uneeda Biscuit sign in Boston

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

By - 5/28/16 - 8:29 am

The Globe reports on a Friday e-mail dump by City Hall; doesn't link the two aides to the sort of pressure a third aide is alleged to have put on Boston Calling organizers.

By - 5/26/16 - 10:18 pm

Farah Jones asks:

Boston drummers: I miss Jack's on Boylston, and cannot find an independent store to shop from near transit. Suggestions?

By - 5/26/16 - 8:03 am

David Bates provides a snapshot of our accelerating luxury condo market: More and more new condos are geared at the upper crust, prices of existing units are skyrocketing and Millennium Tower alone could represent $1 billion in luxury condo sales.

By - 5/25/16 - 7:35 am

WBUR reports on a recent conclave on the state of the local live-music scene following the closings of several venues.

By - 5/24/16 - 1:25 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.

By - 5/23/16 - 10:13 am
Chefs in old Boston

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

By - 5/23/16 - 9:01 am
ISD in Boston lets its feelings about Madonna known

Apparently, city inspectors were watching the Billboard Music Awards last night and agreed with comedian Chris Paul that Madonna should never have been allowed anywhere near a Prince tribute and so retweeted his crack.

Well, either that, or whoever has the keys to ISD's Twitter account forgot to switch to his or her own personal account before hitting the retweet button.

H/t John Keith.

By - 5/21/16 - 1:01 pm
Jill Bourne

The Boston Public Library board of trustees today voted to ask Jill Bourne, currently city librarian for San Jose, CA, to fill the vacancy created when Amy Ryan resigned last year.

Bourne had served as head of the 23-branch San Jose system for almost three years. She previously spent almost seven years as deputy city librarian in San Francisco. Read more.

By - 5/20/16 - 7:59 am

CityLab introduces us to "Raining Poetry," in which poems were inscribed on sidewalks across the city with a spray that only becomes visible when it gets wet (presumably from rain, but, you know, this is a big city and anything can happen).