By - 10/27/15 - 10:49 am
24-hour gas station in old Boston

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

By - 10/27/15 - 10:38 am

UPDATE, Wednesday: City Council unanimously approved the ordinance.

Police Commissioner William Evans strongly backs a proposed ordinance that would let police seize toy and replica guns that look too much like the real thing.

Evans said the guns increasingly being used in crimes. At a City Council committee hearing this morning, he pointed to last night's robbery outside the Savin Hill T stop, allegedly by two teens with a realistic-looking BB gun as just the latest example of people using replica guns in crimes. Read more.

By - 10/21/15 - 6:16 pm

State legislators are once again considering a Boston proposal to let bars in some neighborhoods – such as the Seaport – stay open past 2 a.m.

By - 10/21/15 - 5:13 pm

City IT workers have begun mapping out existing underground conduits to see if there's enough room for another company - or the city itself - to lay the cables needed to bring competitive high-speed broadband to Boston, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) said today. Read more.

By - 10/20/15 - 12:14 pm
Tents in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what the tents are for. See it larger.

By - 10/20/15 - 8:06 am

City Councilors Sal LaMattina and Bill Linehan want to require street performers to buy $40 annual licenses for the right to perform on Boston streets.

The city council tomorrow considers their request for a hearing on a proposed ordinance that would require street performers to wear their permits - and to show them to inquiring police officers and to stay at least 100 feet away from elementary schools and hospitals - and at least 50 feet away from other buskers. Read more.

By - 10/18/15 - 8:57 pm

Cambridge Day reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley has endorsed Manikka Bowman, a candidate for school committee in Cambridge, where voters get to choose who oversees the school system.

By - 10/15/15 - 7:51 am

Two key councilors in the struggle for higher council pay say they have come to terms with the mayor's proposal to increase their salaries 13.7%, to $99,500, come January. Read more.

By - 10/14/15 - 9:38 pm

At-large city councilor Steve Murphy called for restrictions on development in Boston at a candidate forum in Roslindale tonight. Fellow at-large councilor Ayanna Pressley, meanwhile, wants to look at restricting the numbers of certain types of franchise operations in particular neighborhoods. Read more.

By - 10/12/15 - 7:59 am

Candelaria Silva could hardly believe that a recent Globe article on healthier soul food pointed to two white-owned restaurants that don't really serve soul food and only one black-owned soul-food place, so she compiled a list.

By - 10/11/15 - 9:38 pm

Robert Caplis asks:

Dear Boston: what songs would you include for a Hub-centric playlist? Either about the city or artists from the city.

By - 10/11/15 - 2:40 pm

Prime Motors took their wicked boring old billboards (like the one they'd leased right across Rte. 1 from Ernie Boch's joint in Norwood, those scamps) and had the message - basically just the corporate URL - turned upside down, on purpose. Part of it was to get people's attention, which it seems to have done, although not everybody's a fan:

I've driven past three tonight and they are driving me crazy!

By - 10/11/15 - 11:00 am

Boston Police report the guns they seize or collect are brought up to the Schnitzer Steel plant in Everett, where officers watch as they are taken apart. The company then melts down the metal components and uses them to make manhole covers.

By - 10/8/15 - 7:24 am

Stephanie Fox, 30, of Randolph, forged her Boston employers' names on checks to pay for Movado watches, a diamond-pendant necklace and trips to the Bahamas, Aruba, Hawaii, Newport, Cape Cod and Disney World, federal officials charge. Read more.

By - 10/7/15 - 1:17 pm

Several city councilors today signed onto an effort to figure out how to keep what appear to be increasingly inevitable pot shops from taking over residential commercial districts, should voters approve a referendum next year to legalize recreational marijuana use. Read more.

By - 10/7/15 - 12:30 pm
Old house with campaign signs in Boston

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

By - 10/7/15 - 8:30 am

The Christian Science Monitor introduces us to the Boston Food Forest Coalition, which is busy building a new type of community gardens in Boston:

Each garden will host a panorama of food-producing plants, including trees and shrubs to mimic woodlands. The BFFC also aims to “revive and conserve” old, neglected city apple orchards.