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
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
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.
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.
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 reported today that Mayor Walsh has installed a couple of "dashboards" in his office - wide-screen monitors that let him get a quick handle on key city statistics, such as complaints to the Mayor's Hotline and school-bus on-time data. The story was accompanied by a photo of him thoughtfully considering one of the screens.
Sure, neither the Mohegan Sun nor the Wynn sites are actually in Boston, but they're right on the line and neither could survive without Boston's transportation and world-classness, so the mayor wants the state gaming commission to give Boston the same sort of "host community" status Revere and Everett have, the Globe reports.... Read more
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh is promising something big in Boston when it comes to high-speed Internet access, although he declined to get specific:
After his comments to the MassTLC audience, Walsh wouldnâ€™t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that heâ€™s working on it.
And, unfortunately, the devil's in the details. Somebody would have to install a lot of fiber around Boston.... Read more
Mayor Walsh announced today he's appointing interim Police Commissioner William Evans as permanent police commissioner:
Commissioner Evans has been an exceptional leader to the Boston Police Department, and public safety is one of my biggest priorities. Commissioner Evans has been an invaluable resource to me during this transition period, and I know that his expertise and governance of the Police Department will be a key... Read more
As Tom Menino quietly left City Hall this morning, Marty Walsh was heading up to the stage at BC's Conte Arena to become Boston's first new mayor in 20 years.
In the speech, Walsh plans to say we're all in this together. And he updated Winthrop's famous "City Upon a Hill" reference:
We are a City Upon a Hill, but itâ€™s not just the shining... Read more
Impending Mayor Marty Walsh announced today he's naming outgoing City Councilor Felix Arroyo to be chief of health and human services:
Felix brings a wealth of knowledge and City of Boston experience to my Administration. Felix knows how to bring people together and work collaboratively. He values and understands the importance of directly addressing the needs of Bostonâ€™s most vulnerable residents, and he will... Read more
MassLive reports at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley has decided she'd like a go at running the City Council and so will make fellow councilors choose between her and District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan.
On the other side of the fifth floor at City Hall, Marty Walsh has selected a former aide to Tom Menino and a current exec at the Huffington Post as his chief... Read more
The Herald reports the mayor to be is opposed to stocking some BPD cruisers with high-powered rifles.
BPD wants two cruisers in each police district equipped with the rifles in case of school shootings or future Marathon-type incidents, in addition to the city's existing SWAT officers.
Outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino has publically said he will not attend Mayor-Elect Martin Walsh's Inauguration on January 6, 2014. Instead Menino will meet Walsh privately earlier that morning for a private handoff of power. Menino states that the reason why he will miss the inauguration is because he is going on vacation.
Jim O'Sullivan and Andrew Ryan at the Boston Globe review Mayor-elect Martin Walsh's fundraising efforts since Election Day and find he's continued to raise thousands of dollars in donations, banking $63,000 since Nov. 5th. At the same time, he's helped former Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie retire her campaign debt, hosting a fundraiser just this past Tuesday.
That's no big deal,... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter sees a Dorchester triumphant with Walsh's win - the entire neighborhood united behind the son of Savin Hill:
But make no mistake: This is a victory for this neighborhood, too. Much maligned, often dismissed, we did it largely to ourselves through the years. But Dorchester finally figured it out: Weâ€™re a force to be reckoned with and itâ€™s now beyond dispute.... Read more
WBUR has posted precinct-by-precinct results on a map. The first thing that stands out is how overwhelmingly Walsh took Hyde Park - it proved his margin of victory.
But also interesting is how Washington Street - the one that runs through Roxbury, JP, Roslindale and West Roxbury - served as a boundary line between Walshville and Connolly Town. East of Washington Street, Walsh... Read more