AT THIS POINT...IT LOOKS LIKE A PERIOD OF SNOW THEN CHANGING TO RAIN. PERHAPS THIS WILL GET BOSTON THE 2 INCHES IT NEEDS TO BREAK THE RECORD FOR SNOWIEST WINTER. IT WILL BE A CLOSE CALL THOUGH. IN ADDITION...THERE ARE 4 TO... Read more
Jamaicaplainiac ponders the news that some high-priced lawyers are looking at a civil-rights lawsuit to force the state to end its cap on charter schools, decides to look at some enrollment and test numbers in Boston and comes to somewhat different conclusions:
If the contention of the potential lawsuit is that charter schools are so much better than district schools that it‚Äôs a... Read more
This just in from Hizzonah:
The success of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games relies on transparency. I urge Boston 2024 to release the salaries for all staff and consultants as a testament to the transparency and openness of this process
UPDATE: Boston 2024 releases salaries. Davey is making $300,000 a year, Patrick will get $7,500 a day to travel overseas and... Read more
‚ÄĒ The Fort Pointer (@FortPointer) March 8, 2015
Can the Olympic bid provide an impetus for long-range planning for greater Boston?
As you can see from these competing plans, one is informed by planners and residents. It focuses on creating living,... Read more
Although until this week, most people thought it was an interest in getting guns away from teenagers.
In 2006, Harrison was an active participant in a high-profile city gun buyback program, in which people could turn in guns, no questions asked, and get a Target gift card.
Jed Hresko, who also worked on the campaign, forwards these photos of Harrison, who is... Read more
It seemed a bit odd at the time: There, in the back of a community meeting about the Olympics and Franklin Park sat Deval Patrick, smiling, but not saying anything.
McDonough said it is necessary to close the alternative schools [Community Academy in Jamaica Plain and Middle School Academy in South Boston] and three others ‚ÄĒ the Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy and William B. Rogers Middle School, both in Hyde Park, and West Roxbury Academy ‚ÄĒ because costs of running the city‚Äôs schools are rising much faster than revenues.
This is exactly... Read more
CommonWealth Magazine talks to Marty Walsh about the agita that went into deciding to whisper Tommy Chang's name into the ears of School Committee members.
‚ÄúIt was tough,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI would literally go to bed, wake up, and say, ‚Äėoh my God.‚Äô It was a difficult decision because I knew there was a lot at stake.‚ÄĚ... Read more
At a City Council hearing today, Boston 2024 Richard Davey said he has finally begun talking to the owners of the food-processing businesses in Widett Circle, which would have to leave to make room for the "Midtown" stadium that would be one of the focal points of a 2024 Olympics in Boston.
Davey also told City Councilor Charles Yancey, who sees pretty much every public... Read more
Measured in terms of passenger trips and customer satisfaction, the MBTA's Late Night Service Pilot Program is a success. Measured simply in dollars and cents, however, it's a failure, expected to run a $10.7 million deficit during its first year. If things don't change, it seems likely the service will be cut back, or canceled entirely.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will... Read more
Kevin McCrea (yes, that Kevin McCrea) proposes using some of that there smart technology to deal with winter space saving: Basically charge residents for city space savers embedded with GPS devices that could report to City Hall:
After a snowstorm, when a 'host' shovels out a spot and needs to drive off they put their "Official City of Boston Space Saver" in their spot... Read more
Tommy Chang has a new header image and user name for his Twitter account as he prepares to move from the Los Angeles Unified School District to Boston to become school superintendent.
He's changed his handle from TommyChangLAUSD to SuptChang, although he says "Taking ideas from students for any better handles." And he's already beginning to discuss Boston issues - and that basketball image:... Read more
The Somerville Community Access Television team conducted a series of interviews with regional filmmakers in the greater Boston area during Boston Indie Mafia‚Äôs Hob Nob Social event at the Arts at the Armory. Below is the playlist of all the interviews with clips from their respective film. For more information about upcoming Hob Nob Socials, visit this website.... Read more
Joe Keohane, who left Boston for New York, interviews Dennis Lehane, who left Boston for Los Angeles.
Freeway Jim takes us on a speeded-up journey along the highways, bridges and tunnels around downtown Boston, set to, no, not "Roadrunner," but Boston's first album. With explanatory notes, photos and history inset along the way.
Via Boston Reddit.
Mary Moore writes she had actually been proud to have never taken an Uber car.
My patience ended this morning, when I stood on the street for 20 minutes in temperatures that hovered in the teens, waiting for a taxi that I'd ordered the night before.