Nick Barber captured the scene as Marty Walsh greeted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after Abe laid a wreath at the Boston Marathon finish line this morning.
Mayor Walsh today announced the creation of an Office of Olympic Planning and a full-time executive director: Sara Myerson, formerly chief of staff and director of policy at Preservation of Affordable Housing in Boston:
The Office of Olympic Planning is an important step forward in this process and it will build a bridge between the City's planning and the development of the Olympic proposal.... Read more
No, not a typo: Mayor Walsh and the Lord Mayor of Belfast today announced hockey teams from Northeastern, UMass Lowell, Brown and Colgate will fly to Belfast this November for the first "Friendship Four" hockey tournament, the winner of which will get a pot in which to cook their bels.
Walsh cooked up the idea with Belfast officials during a trip to Ireland last year.... Read more
Mayor Walsh today signed an ordinance raising the fines for parking in resident-only spaces around Fenway Park on game days from $40 to $100 - just one day after the City Council approved the idea.
The increased fine will remain in place through the end of the year - after which city officials will evaluate them to see if it worked to free up... Read more
UPDATE: Looks like WCVB has removed the video. Transcript in the comments.
WCVB has video of John Fish saying that
What bothers me a lot is the decline of pride, of patriotism, the love for our country.
Mayor Walsh said today the city will spend $6 million to replace all of its street parking meters with "smart" units in constant communication with BTD - a move officials say will lead to better management of curbside parking.
At a City Hall press conference, Walsh said the money will come from the city's parking-meter fund - collected from existing meters - not the general... Read more
Mayor Walsh said today the city will pick a neighborhood to test out a new street sweeping plan in which fines are more than doubled - but car owners no longer have to worry about getting towed.
Walsh wants to increase street-sweeping fines from the current $40 to $90 or $95.
Walsh said the proposal would mean more revenue for the city - currently, most... Read more
So now Boston 2024 will push a statewide referendum, which might remind some of the effort a couple decades back to repeal rent control in Boston, Cambridge and Brookline via a statewide referendum.
Boston 2024 actually talks to the property owners in Widett Circle, who are no longer hopping mad about plans to turn their collection of food-processing buildings into an Olympic stadium,... Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeals this morning unanimously approved a proposed 27-unit apartment building next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station.
The Southwest Boston Community Development Corp and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. plan to spend $7 million to build 24 units for people making up to 60% of the area's median income and 3 apartments for people making between 60% and 80% of... Read more
City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) - who recently had a son - want to let city employees who have kids take time off with pay.
Under their proposal::
During the leave period, the employee shall be paid 100 percent of her or his base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base... Read more
With a very special appearance by Shelby Scott.
This just in from Hizzonah:
The success of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games relies on transparency. I urge Boston 2024 to release the salaries for all staff and consultants as a testament to the transparency and openness of this process
UPDATE: Boston 2024 releases salaries. Davey is making $300,000 a year, Patrick will get $7,500 a day to travel overseas and... Read more
Mayor Walsh this morning announced "a comprehensive internal inquiry of the employment history of Shaun Harrison" by the BPS department of labor relations.
Walsh says he plans to meet with both BPS and BPD officials today to discuss the criminal investigation into the Roxbury minister, arrested Thursday after he allegedly tried killing a 17-year-old who had been dealing pot for him. Harrison could face... Read more
CommonWealth Magazine talks to Marty Walsh about the agita that went into deciding to whisper Tommy Chang's name into the ears of School Committee members.
“It was tough,” he said. “I would literally go to bed, wake up, and say, ‘oh my God.’ It was a difficult decision because I knew there was a lot at stake.”... Read more
Mayor Walsh says he wants to increase the fines for commercial snow infractions from $300 per incident to $1,500.
The fines would be levied in companies that refuse to shovel their sidewalks or dump snow in the street.
The increase would require approval from the state legislature.
The saga of Hyde Park pedestrians trying to avoid death under the wheels of a truck or something continues. As you may recall, both sidewalks on the Fairmount Avenue bridge over the train tracks and the river went unplowed after the first storm. Then two hero civilians shoveled out one side. Then we got more snow and a snow-plow operator made quite sure (and... Read more
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.