Mayor Walsh's office said today he and the US Olympic Committee have agreed to a revised contract "joinder" that no longer prohibits city workers from saying negative things about the Olympics.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh has ditched Tom Menino's 48-hour rule for saving a parking space, saying these desperate times call for desperate measures.
The Globe reports a city worker purged 9,000 snow and ice complaints earlier this month even though the city hadn't actually done anything about them. Mayor Walsh tells the Globe, yeah, that was a mistake.
Mayor Walsh said today the parking ban on main streets will remain in effect "until further notice."
At his latest snow press conference, Walsh also figuratively wagged his finger at people he said have taken to jumping out of windows into snow banks: Cut that out, he warned. There could be a giant death icicle that's fallen off your roof in that snow bank and... Read more
Mayor Walsh said this morning city transportation officials are looking at extending the South Boston emergency one-way plan, in which a number of two-way streets become one way last night, to other neighborhoods.
But first, Walsh said at a press conference - people just need to stay off the streets. Even pedestrians. The high winds and drifting snow and low temperatures are making getting... Read more
Mayor Walsh today issued a statement to clarify his statement yesterday that he thinks the T might have to shut down due to the anticipated weekend blizzard: He was being descriptive, not prescriptive:
The MBTA has faced incredible difficulties over the past few weeks due to the historic amount of snowfall and increasingly cold weather, coupled with an aging system. Closing the T for the... Read more
Mayor Walsh says the city snow emergency will stay in effect through at least tomorrow. The parking ban on major thoroughfares remains in effect as well - and Walsh said cars parked on them will be towed.
Like schools, libraries will be shut. But 14 youth centers will be open. No decision on additional school closings until tomorrow; he said he's meeting with interim School... Read more
Mayor Walsh canceled school for the next couple of days and said a city under a snowy siege is going to get tough with people who refuse to shovel and who are responsible for the near complete gridlock across the city on Thursday and Friday.
Walsh said he plans to meet with interim School Superintendent John McDonough this week to talk about how to make... Read more
The Herald reports on the departure of Joe Rull, the mayor's chief operating officer; quotes the mayor as expecting Rull to continue to watch out for the city's best interests even as he gets paid by the private Boston 2024.
Oh, ouch: A peeved Dorchester citizen complains about conditions on Woodcliff Street:
Please plow my street when Thomas Menino was alive we would have never experienced nothing like this I am so disappointed and I voted for you!! There are seniors in all the houses and nobody cares.
Mayor Marty Walsh said at a noon press conference the decision whether to close Boston schools tomorrow will be made later today.
The parking ban on major routes will end at 5 p.m.
Walsh also pleaded with people to stop throwing their damn snow into the streets (paraphrasing here). And he pleaded with younger residents to help shovel out their elderly neighbors.
If you're on... Read more
Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"
Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are... Read more
The Globe reports that to aid the private organizing group's Olympic bid, he agreed to ban "city employees from criticizing Bostonâ€™s bid for the 2024 Summer Games."
No word on just what sort of penalties city workers would get for daring to criticize the private, un-elected group of rich business owners attempting to jam something down the throats of a city that may or... Read more
Mayor Walsh's office released the following statement tonight (posted here in its entirety):
Mayor Walsh is not in support of a referendum on the Olympics. He looks forward to engaging in a robust community process and having a two-way conversation with all neighborhoods as we move forward. Should the public decide to collect signatures for a referendum, that is a right of the people that... Read more
The Herald reports the 25-year-old woman working for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families is now an ex-part-time worker.
In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh praised both Boston Police and protesters for their reactions to the Ferguson and Garner issues.
But he said Boston still has wounds left over from its past:
I know from my own life that you canâ€™t move forward unless you reach out and deal honestly with the past. The truth is that when it comes to... Read more
In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh said he wants to set up the authority to fund the state-of-the-art schools he said Boston schoolkids deserve.
He said the authority will start with overhauls of the Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway and the upper Quincy School - and creation of a ten-year facilities plan for all Boston schools.
Walsh also announced a program... Read more
In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh said he plans to turn the Mayor's Hotline into an easier-to-remember 311 system, like Somerville and New York have.
Walsh added he will hire a "startup czar" to help entrepreneurs start new businesses in Boston, from the Innovation District to new neighborhood innovation centers.
He added the city is working on an app to let people... Read more
Mayor Walsh is announcing a series of meetings for residents to "discuss the benefits and impact on the city" if we actually get the 2024 Olympics:
- January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.
- February 24, 6:30 p.m. - Condon School Cafeteria, 200 D St., South Boston
- March 31, 6:30 p.m. - Harvard Business School, (building to be determined)
- April ... Read more
The Guardian reports the end of the legislative session this week means the death of a bill - originally sponsored by then state Rep. Marty Walsh - to make "Roadrunner" an official symbol of the Commonwealth.