Boston

By - 4/28/16 - 2:09 pm

The Globe reports the most ubiquitous chain in the Boston area is ramping up for store-to-door delivery of its products. No word if direct IV infusion is in the works.

By - 4/28/16 - 12:16 pm

Boston Public Schools yesterday announced an expanded number of seats in a program aimed helping students get ready for the ISEE test that helps determine who gets to go to the city's three exam schools - from 450 to 750.

Using money from both the Boston Latin School Association and an unnamed foundation started by Mayor Walsh, the expanded effort will also include outreach aimed specifically at "Boston students who attend public schools that have been traditionally under-represented in the Exam School Initiative program."

By - 4/27/16 - 10:12 pm

McKinsey uses the same template to audit school systems in every city. They claim that schools should be closed for a variety of reasons. The schools aren't actually closed but reopened usually by an outside operator.

This creates a "portfolio district" something Rahn Dorsey, the Chief of Education in City Hall, has promoted since he was at the Barr Foundation.

By - 4/27/16 - 5:16 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he'll back a referendum on the November ballot to levy a surcharge on property taxes that could mean $16.5 million a year to help build affordable housing and spruce up and expand Boston parklands - plus additional matching funds from the state.

In a statement, Walsh said: Read more.

By - 4/27/16 - 1:18 pm

The City Council today unanimously approved a proposal to reduce the default city speed limit on most roads to 20 m.p.h. and 15 m.p.h. in school zones.

The measure, which councilors said should make Boston a safer city for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, now goes to the mayor. If he approves, it then goes to the state legislature for action.

By - 4/27/16 - 11:36 am

A man who has filed so many lawsuits in both state and federal court he's no longer supposed to file a suit without a judge's permission is not letting increasingly angry and frustrated judges stop him from suing Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Read more.

By - 4/27/16 - 10:46 am

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell what's happening in this photo, when and where. See it larger.

By - 4/27/16 - 8:51 am

The Herald reports: BRA member accused of threat will stay on board. Michael Monahan's lawyer says the allegations were made up.

By - 4/26/16 - 6:41 pm

The City Council tomorrow considers a proposal from Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) for a hearing on barring research that involves "aerosolizing" pathogens not currently native to Boston - such as Ebola - at least until after scientists across the country have been able to figure out how to really keep us safe from inadvertent releases from laboratories. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 7:37 am

Residents can get info and comment on Boston Police's plan to outfit up to 100 officers with body cameras in May at meetings tonight and Thursday, organized by the City Council's Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

Tonight's session starts at 6 p.m. in the Charlestown High School cafeteria, 240 Medford Street. Thursday's also starts at 6, at the First Parish Church of Dorchester, 10 Parish St.

By - 4/25/16 - 5:57 pm
By - 4/25/16 - 10:42 am

People who can't make it to City Council hearings on department budgets this year (what with them being held during the day and all) can now testify via Google Hangouts, Council President Michelle Wu said today. Read more.

By - 4/25/16 - 7:51 am

The Bay State Banner, which serves Boston's black community, is blasting the new Boston Guardian for using a name with historic significance for Boston-area blacks:

Is our history so unimportant that they would take this name to serve Back Bay residents?? Melvin Miller didn't even use the name when he founded the Banner as the legacy of the Guardian. We have a front page of the Guardian framed on the wall of our office. This is beyond disrespectful.

By - 4/25/16 - 6:45 am

The Globe reports on the investigation, in which former union leader Marty Walsh was recorded on a wiretap before he became mayor.

The Herald, meanwhile, takes a look at why the Walsh angle might have been leaked.

By - 4/24/16 - 11:43 am

The Globe points out, again, that the city's premier exam school is mostly white and Asian in a city where kids are mostly black and Hispanic. But this time, the Globe looks at some of the reasons, including that a program started to help black and Latino students prepare for the entrance exam has increasingly become a resource for well off white kids

"If you are going to get disadvantaged kids into the exam school," said [a woman who runs an ISEE test-prep center in West Roxbury], "you need to stop subsidizing free ISEE test prep for people who are going away to Europe in the summer and live in condos [worth] over half a million dollars."

By - 4/21/16 - 8:23 am

Mansion Global reports:

Boston is undergoing its biggest residential boom since the 1920s, drawing the attention of wealthy house-hunters who would traditionally stick to New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. ...

When completed in the summer of 2018, One Dalton will be New England’s tallest and most expensive residential building on display, with 165 condos priced between $2 million and $35 million.

By - 4/19/16 - 10:17 am
Old open trolley

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

By - 4/17/16 - 2:59 pm

`How Harvard Rules" public domain folk song lyrics indicate why BRA shouldn't have recently approved tax-exempt and "non-profit" Harvard University Inc.'s latest real estate development/gentrification and campus expansion project in Allston neighborhood of Boston. And the "How Harvard Rules" public domain folk song lyrics also indicate why Harvard University Inc. should be required to pay a fair share of local Cambridge and Boston property taxes and Massachusetts state corporation taxes in 2016.