Karen Cord Taylor ponders why Mayor Walsh, who came into office with such promise and youthful vigor, is taking the side of a "dictatorial public works department that decided to destroy a cityâ€™s historic fabric with no consultation with a neighborhood" rather than listen to Beacon Hill residents who are only seeking to ensure handicap access ramps fit into the local millieu, like... Read more
At the end of a contentious meeting over handicap ramps at intersections, Mayor Walsh and Beacon Hill residents may have come up with a compromise both sides can live with: "tables," or raised pavement that would satisfy Walsh's insistence neighborhood sidewalks be made more accessible to people with disabilities and residents' insistence that concrete the city would use in ramps be kept well the hell... Read more
Mayor Walsh today announced an agreement with Mohegan Sun under which the proposed Revere casino would pay the city at least $18 million a year plus another $3 million a year just for capital stuff in East Boston - should the state approve it as the Boston area's resort casino, rather than a competing plan in Everett.
In addition, the mayor said the owners of... Read more
The Globe reports on Mayor Walsh's announcement this morning that he'll be naming Joseph Finn as the next permanent head of the Boston Fire Department.
The Globe reports there'll be no extended bar hours in Boston, because decades after the legislature took away local control of bars, legislators still don't trust City Hall.
Johnathan Kraft was on with Felger and Massarotti yesterday and it sure sounds like he was saying good bye, Curtatone, hello Walsh:
Unfortunately, I donâ€™t think this was something Mayor Menino saw the value in, and it didnâ€™t get a lot of attention.
â€œI think Mayor Walsh believes in the sport and understands the impact it could have on the city beyond just the... Read more
In a message to the City Council today, Mayor Walsh says an outpouring of objections has convinced him to retain a city ordinance that requires city department heads and other top appointees to live in Boston.
But, Walsh continues, the current tough Boston housing market can make it difficult for new appointees to find a place to live here in the six months they currently... Read more
The Globe reports on why Suffolk Construction, which did nicely on local projects when Tom Menino was mayor, ditched a former Menino aide as a VP. Probably didn't help the guy worked hard for Charlotte Golar Richie in last year's campaign.
John Keith considers statements out of City Hall on the need to build middle-income housing in neighborhoods not being overrun by luxury towers and conversions of old garages into condos.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports Mayor Walsh has basically thrown up his hands and said there's nothing he can do to stop state plans to tear down the Casey Overpass and replace it with surface roads because, you know, it's state land and the state can do what it wants with its land. Meanwhile, the Gazette adds opponents of teardown, who want the... Read more
UPDATE: BPS says it's NOT eliminating the department. I've locked the discussion here, please go to the new story to discuss.
We're going to find out next year, now that BPS has decided history and social studies no longer deserve their own departments but instead will become a humanities subset of schools' English Language Arts departments.
Lawsuit? Mayor Walsh issued this statement today on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision yesterday that Boston isn't a referendum-holding host community for either of the proposed local casinos:
Based on the ambiguous and arbitrary process the Gaming Commission has pursued, we believe that we have multiple options available to us at this time.
We are continuing to work aggressively to determine the appropriate... Read more
Mayor Walsh today announced a task force to look at ways to dramatically increase the number of kids in full-day pre-school programs by 2018.
There are currently 6,000 four-year-olds in Boston, but that number is expected to grow to 8,000 by 2030. About one-third of four-year-olds in the city are currently enrolled in the city K1 program. Another quarter attend no pre-school program at all.... Read more
The Herald reports on the new contract, quickly penned by the Walsh administration and the local firefighters union, in contrast to the Menino days, when the two sides hated each other.
The Herald reports a Neponset Valley Parkway lawyer has finally taken down his Marty Walsh for Mayor sign after at least one neighbor began complaining about all the Easter decorations festooning it - a few months after the sign was lit up with Christmas lights.
Another resident agreed the sign's time had past, but said it didn't seem much worse than all the Menino... Read more
A couple weeks ago, the Globe quoted Hizzona as saying he was "dead set" against medical-marijuana dispensaries and that "I have made it very clear to the state that I donâ€™t want these dispensaries in our city."
But that's not what he wrote in an online discussion on Reddit today:
To be clear: I support the law and the will of the voters.... Read more
This afternoon, Marty Walsh answered questions on Reddit. The shortest exchange:
Q. Yes, Can you please take back Scott Brown? New Hampshire doesn't want or need him.
A. No thank you.
The Globe looks at the prospects that the downtown developer may finally be able to tear down the Aquarium garage and put up that tower he wants, now that Boston has a mayor who doesn't take offense at his existence.
The Dig takes a look at Marty Walsh's steadfast opposition against letting non-profits open voter-approved medical-marijuana dispensaries in Boston even as his administration gets ready to shut its one public Methadone clinic just as Bain Capital is beefing up its portfolio in for-profit drug clinics.
The Dorchester Reporter informs us that the detail cop outside the mayor's house on Tuttle Street in Dorchester noticed a suspicious guy skulking around down the street the other morning - turned out he had what police say were stolen goods.
And, yes, not long after the detail was lifted from Chesterfield Road in Readville, Angela Menino's rental vehicle was stolen from outside her... Read more