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Election roundup: The smooth stylings of Brother Charles

Finally, the return of the campaign song.

In less melodic news, Rob Consalvo throws his support behind rubber baby buggy bumpers, um, rubber sidewalks.

They're easier on tender hips and knees and help recycle tires, he says. And next time your kids are bouncing off the walls, just send them outside to bounce off the sidewalks instead.

Charlotte Golar Richie says she'll unveil her plan to make Boston a better place, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury.

The Jamaica Plain Gazette looks at the issue of non-profits and how much they pay the city in lieu of taxes, but doesn't once mention at-large Councilor Steve Murphy, who's been fighting for more PILOT money for years. Don't worry, Murph fans, the Herald today has him wagging his finger at Emerson College, which has been quietly buying up the Alley off Boylston Street in preparation for a major new dorm.

The Dorchester Reporter reminds us that Aug. 13 is the Democratic primary to pick a candidate to replace state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, who's now a state senator.

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That was truly awful. Gotta love those stock images.

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1975 wants that song back.

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Didn't the city promise to try out rubber sidewalks about five years ago?

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There's a stretch, about 1/4 mile, of rubber sidewalk on the Charles River bikepath in Cambridge before the BBN school. It's asphalt with some portion (maybe 1/2) of the regular pea stone aggregate replaced by similar-sized rubber chunks, which is a different idea from the rubberized tiles Consalvo seems to be promoting. I think it was installed about three years ago and it seems to be holding up fine. Boy is it nice to run on!

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Would it be like the stuff used in the playground at the brand new park by Jackson Sq Station? I love walking on that stuff. It could probably be a little firmer, but it's not bad.

If it's cheaper than concrete sidewalks, it could definitely have it's uses.

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Rubber sidewalks sound good, and they are much softer and nicer on feet and wheels alike, but the people I have spoken to about them don't like them at all. Mayor Consalvo would have to change quite a few minds down at the City Department of Transportation to get them put into use. The panels I saw in use out in Berkeley five years ago started curling at the corners, as the rubber dried out.

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