Boston

By - 7/24/14 - 11:32 am
Bleak Boston street

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

By - 7/22/14 - 1:26 pm

Mayor Walsh is ordering the Zoning Board of Appeals to start hearing cases all the livelong day in an effort to bust up a backlog of hearings that now extends to six months.

Starting Aug. 5, the board will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to consider requests from residents and companies who want to do something to their property that needs... Read more

By - 7/21/14 - 2:32 pm

Vanyaland interviews Constantine Valhouli, who has added Boston-area locations referenced by song lyrics to a Google map.

By - 7/21/14 - 11:02 am
Old escalators at an MBTA station

Some of you might remember when escalators on the T featured wooden slats that were death on heels. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this station and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 7/20/14 - 9:01 am

In Friedrich Lu's case, that hobby is suing local institutions. Over and over again.

Lu, a homeless man, has been filing federal lawsuits by himself, sometimes in hand-written complaints, since at least 1995 against, among others, the Boston Public Library, MIT, Harvard, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston College, Suffolk County, the US Attorney's office in Boston, Boston Municipal Court... Read more

By - 7/19/14 - 10:56 am

A city fund that pays teens for summer jobs at local non-profit groups and city agencies didn't pay some teens for their first week of work.

In e-mail to supervisors at some of these agencies, the Boston Youth Fund said it failed to get time slips to some agencies in time for them to meet the deadline to get their teens paid. Then, the... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 10:26 pm

Officials from the Boston Globe and the company it hired to distribute its advertising circulars told angry city councilors at a hearing today they're willing to try to keep Boston from being papered over with the circulars.

Councilors, who raised the specter of a possible fine system for errant deliveries, said they're looking, at a minimum for something like what Cambridge has - where... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 6:31 pm

Since the last time Charlie Baker (R-MA) ran for governor in Massachusetts in 2010, he has changed his position on many important issues including Climate Change, No New Tax Pledge, Income Inequality, Raising The Minimum Wage, Cape Wind, South Rail, and Casinos.

I'm reminded that Mitt Romney was successful getting himself elected governor after convincing voters that his change of position on important issues... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 10:35 am
Tollgate Inn

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can you figure out where the Tollgate Inn was and when this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 7/17/14 - 8:39 am

An audit of the BRA found an agency still tracking billions of dollars worth of project on paper, unable to say if developers are building or paying for the affordable housing they committed to and losing out in millions of dollars in revenue on back rent on property it owns and on fees developers are supposed to pay when they refinance BRA-approved projects.

Mayor... Read more

By - 7/16/14 - 9:00 pm

Correction: The School Committee took no action tonight.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough told the School Committee tonight he's looking at a two-year phase-in for a plan to move seventh and eighth graders who need transportation to and from school from school buses to the T - as first proposed by Mayor Walsh:

This may be a good way to implement a good policy

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By - 7/16/14 - 9:02 am

UPDATE: Flash-flood watch extended to 8 p.m.

We're under a flash-flood watch until 2 p.m.:

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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By - 7/15/14 - 7:59 pm

Meighan O'Toole asks:

Best veggie burger in Boston?

By - 7/15/14 - 5:49 pm

If you raise the Charter Cap, it will close good public schools. The author is a public school parent, the father to two daughters who currently attend the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. See the original pdf.

IMAGE(http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk143/nfsagan/WheresMyPorsche-Charter-Exp_zpsc47ef553.jpg~original)... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 2:21 pm

Mayor Walsh says he loves him some apps, but not one that alerts people to the nearest metered parking spaces - and let's them alert other users that they're about to leave. In a statement today, the mayor says the city will fight Haystack, which recently launched in Boston

In a statement, he says:

At this time, we are not engaged with Haystack in

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By - 7/14/14 - 2:21 pm

The city IT department plans a hackathon next month to let developers use a new gateway into city systems to build an online permitting system that might replace the current confusing system that often forces people who want to set up a restaurant or add a porch to their homes to spend months battling paperwork and bureaucracy - and sometimes make trips to offices miles... Read more

By - 7/13/14 - 12:46 pm

La Bibliotequetress asks:

We want book suggestions for kids/YA coming to Boston for first time. History fiction or non fiction to read before trip?

By - 7/11/14 - 9:45 pm
Supermoon

Brian MacLean photographed the supermoon over Boston tonight.

Copyright Brian MacLean. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

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