Boston Police have released a database of Field Interrogation and Observation (FIO) records from 2011 through April of last year, so have at it, data analysts (you can download a 3.2M XLS copy). The release comes in response to an ACLU public-records request - more than a year ago.
BPD outlines the basic results: Read more.
City Hall yesterday launched pilot.boston.gov, to show off its migration from the current city Web site to something new and sparkly.
A key change is what City Hall is calling "topics," basically, collections of city resources keyed around the way we live, not how City Hall departments are organized. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports monthly rents continued to increase even as vacancy rates have been inching up due to new construction. New York, San Francisco and San Jose still have higher average rents.
Do you want to get more involved with your community in 2016? Want to help out the youth in Boston? Want to add more value to your life? Look no further!
Boston Partners in Education is seeking adults in the community to step up and become academic mentors to Boston Public Schools students.
The Suffolk County Registry of Deeds Web site now lists Thomas M. Ryan as "temporary register," rather than longtime Register (and former Boston Police Commissioner) Mickey Roache.
DeannaMae reports Roache retired just before Christmas. Roche also once served as an ay-large city councilor. Hmm, could this be just the job for a recently unseated at-large councilor?
H/t Theszak for noticing that.
The city council has unanimously elected Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) as City Council President. Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) withdrew his name last night. Her election comes two years after she threw her support behind Bill Linehan's bid to remain council president.
Her elevation means she gets to pick chairpeople of council committees. And she'd become mayor if something happened to Marty Walsh. Read more.
Anyone know where to buy red hot dogs in the city?
Candelaria Silva misses those days:
Commercial places must now have superior ventilation systems that eliminate the aromas of whatâ€™s being prepared and, for me, something is lacking as a result.
When I cook and bake, the aromas of the foods linger in the air. Thereâ€™s something too antiseptic, sterile, about many of the foods sold by food purveyors. It's actually reduced the amount of pastry that I eat - a good thing I guess - because it's easy to avoid something that is cold and, other than visual appeal, doesnâ€™t make my mouth water.
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's happening in this photo, and when.
But fortunately, it happened in the middle of a light traffic day, like around 2 p.m. and they began functioning again after about 20 minutes.
Howard Leibowitz, who served at the side of both Ray Flynn and Tom Menino, died today, according to MassDOT Highway Administrator (and Menino Transportation Commissioner) Tom Tinlin, who writes:
World lost a good one today. Howard Leibowitz. Political genius, better friend. RIPHowardLeibowitz
Seth Gittell writes an appreciation.
A.P. Blake asks:
Just got off work, not much food at home, and can't find an open Dunkins. Not even Rt 1 Saugus. Help me, @universalhub, you're my only hope.
Drew Starr asks:
Where to get the Norwegian cheese nokkelost in the Boston area? Difficulty level: not carried by Formaggio.
Where can a person get goat for their Xmas goat stew?