By - 1/9/16 - 11:38 am

Remember the woman who spent two years sketching every single T stop? She's not alone. Seems growing numbers of urban sketchers have been gathering in Boston to sketch the city and now they're putting on their first exhibit, through Jan. 23 at Arcworks in Peabody.

By - 1/9/16 - 11:25 am

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.

By - 1/8/16 - 8:15 am
Look of the new City of Boston Web site

Not yet desktop optimized; compare to mobile version to the right.

Mobile version of the new Boston city Web site

City Hall yesterday launched, 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.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:41 am

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.

By - 1/6/16 - 11:13 am
Old block in old Boston

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

By - 1/6/16 - 10:54 am

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.

By - 1/6/16 - 7:56 am

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.

By - 1/4/16 - 4:03 pm
 Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina, will be sworn in as a member of the Boston School Committee today.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 12:21 pm

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.

By - 1/1/16 - 3:34 pm

BostonJohn asks:

Anyone know where to buy red hot dogs in the city?

By - 12/31/15 - 11:03 am
Boston trolley in 1943

As 1943 turned into 1944, Boston trolleys ran every 10 minute, all night, the folks at the Boston City Archives inform us. The BAC Library identifies the station as today's Prudential stop.

By - 12/30/15 - 11:42 am

Candelaria Silva misses those days:

Commercial places must now have superior ventilation systems that eliminate the aromas of what’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. There’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, doesn’t make my mouth water.

By - 12/30/15 - 10:34 am
Patriots and a kid

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's happening in this photo, and when.

By - 12/30/15 - 9:26 am

Some Globe columnist who isn't Shirley Leung took the time last week to wail about how we coulda been a world-class contenda, if only we weren't such penurious little bastards too scared to dream and spend big.

Not quite, as Evan Falchuk reminds us: Read more.

By - 12/28/15 - 2:28 pm

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.

By - 12/27/15 - 9:00 pm
Howard Leibowitz

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.

By - 12/25/15 - 10:31 am

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.

By - 12/22/15 - 1:41 pm

Drew Starr asks:

Where to get the Norwegian cheese nokkelost in the Boston area? Difficulty level: not carried by Formaggio.

By - 12/21/15 - 3:51 pm

CherryOMighty asks:

Where can a person get goat for their Xmas goat stew?

By - 12/21/15 - 12:29 pm

EggBones asks:

Looking for a good Chinese food (or any food) recommendation for Christmas Day.