The Boston Business Journal updates us on the latest in the Boston-area casino deliberations - the state Gaming Commission could require Wynn to bargain with the city over Sullivan Square traffic issues if Wynn gets the license, but an angry Marty Walsh indicates he might still sue if Wynn wins.
Mayor Walsh is proposing a requirement that companies that equip their trucks with ... Read more
On Sept. 15, workers from the Office of Neighborhood Services will begin walking every last inch of the 850 miles of streets in Boston, to catalog everything they can find as part of a citywide "audit," Mayor Walsh announced today:
Our ONS reps are outstanding, but I want them to know every inch of the area that they represent and the best way to do... Read more
Updated with Gaming Commission statement.
MassLive.com reports the state Gaming Commission told Boston that if it's unwilling to go to arbitration with Wynn over compensation for its proposed Everett casino, then it's stripping Boston of its "surrounding community" status.
In a statement this morning, the commission says this does NOT mean Boston will get nothing from Wynn should it be selected for the Boston... Read more
WGBH posts e-mail from a juror in the probation trial about Hizzona's comments.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh isn't going forward with putting Ted Landsmark on the BRA board until he can learn more about how Landsmark came to be the former president of the Boston Architectural College.
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