Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner Evans said today they don't know if white supremacists and Nazis will actually show up on the Common on Saturday, but said they're taking no chances - Boston and State Police will be out in force to stop any nonsense. Read more.
Boston Magazine interviews the mayor on why he deserves a second term.
Mayor Walsh says Boston will not back down from work to make the city "carbon neutral" by 2050 and take other steps to protect the city from the effects of climate change no matter what the White House does. Read more.
The Board of Appeal narrowly voted today to reject a 14-by-48-foot electronic billboard towering above the Massachusetts Turnpike after residents said they wanted fewer billboards, not more, especially not the sort that one resident said would be "glaring through my back windows." Read more.
"Some bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates aren’t pleased with comments Mayor Martin J. Walsh made on Boston Public Radio Tuesday."
Boston Globe reports.
CommonWealth reviews the progress Boston has made to replace the bridge to the one-time substance-abuse and homeless programs on the island, finds there is none; the bridge is no longer even on a city list of upcoming capital projects.
Mayor Walsh vowed to replace the bridge after it was shut in October, 2014, after decades of neglect.
A divided City Council could vote Wednesday on a plan to let a proposed $1-billion, 750-foot tower rise on the site of a condemned city garage in Winthrop Square in exchange for a $153 million sale price proponents would go to much needed renovation work on Boston Common, in Franklin Park and at the Old Colony and Orient Heights house developments, but which opponents say would open the city to even more problems with developers with lots of money. Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a deal that will keep the Citgo sign flashing above Kenmore Square for years and years.
Walsh says Citgo and Related Beal, the company that now owns the building the sign sits on, hammered out a deal in a room at City Haill - which he offered to them as a "neutral negotiation location" for as long as they needed to work out a deal. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports.
On Wednesday, the City Council approved a new contract with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association that lets the city and the union re-open the contract section dealing with body cameras - for example, to negotiate department-wide use of them - without re-opening all of the rest of the contract.
Dan Magoon, who heads an organization to honor and support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families, today quit his honorary position as head of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade after its organizers voted to bar a gay veterans group from the procession.
Mayor Walsh also said this morning he will not march in the parade if the votes stands.
In a message to the board of the Allied War Veterans Council this morning, Magoon ... Read more.
Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley today unveiled a proposal to add 152 new liquor licenses aimed mainly at helping out start-up restaurants in outer neighborhoods.
But their proposal, which would require approval by the state legislature and the governor, would also grant the city the power to give an "umbrella" license to any development of more than 500,000 square feet, such as the South Bay Town Center project now under construction in Dorchester and the Seaport Square development in South Boston. Read more.
NBC Boston reports Mayor Walsh claims the city writes itself tickets when confronted with unshoveled sidewalks along parks and other city parcels, but that still isn't getting the snow shoveled.
WBUR reports the proposed budget has no program cuts, unlike last year's initial numbers.
Like the Common last week, Copley Square this afternoon was a sea of people, protesting President Trump's attempt to shut the US to refugees and people with visas and green cards from seven mainly Muslim countries.
"We stand with Muslims in Boston," and against "the betrayal of American values," Mayor Marty Walsh told the rally, organized by the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Read more.
His vow to open City Hall as a shelter to Trump-fleeing immigrants got the headlines, but Mayor Walsh says a crackdown would have dire financial effects on Boston aside from blocked federal aid.
The Boston Business Journal reports on a talk he gave today on the impact on everything from tourism (kiss foreign tourists goodbye) to the region's colleges, hospitals and biotech companies (all the foreign students and researchers).
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