Bill would give Boston new liquor licenses, but it's not necessarily an immediate boon for outlying neighborhoods

A bill in the legislature would give Boston new liquor licenses to dole out, - 55 for a wide swath of Boston business districts and 75 specifically for areas that have had trouble getting them - but also a whole series of other parts of the city.

Although the measure seeks to improve the odds of small entrepreneurs in areas such as Dorchester, Roxbury and Hyde Park of getting one of the licenses, the proposed law would also let the Boston Licensing Board award licenses in areas such as the South Boston waterfront - where national chains have been busy snapping up liquor licenses from the very neighborhoods the bill purports to help.

This is because the law says 55 of the new licenses -- 25 for all alcohol, the rest for beer and wine - can be granted in "main street districts, urban renewal areas, empowerment zones or municipal harbor plan areas."

In 2000, the BRA designated the South Boston waterfront as a "municipal harbor plan area."

The BRA is currently working on a similar plan for the waterfront along the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Another 75 licenses would be set aside specifically for "Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill and Roxbury" as well as "areas designated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority as main street districts." These districts include Roslindale Square and Centre Street in West Roxbury. The licenses would become available in batches of 25 over a three year period.

The proposed law, however, would bar the licenses from being transferred out of the neighborhoods in which they're granted.

Valet charged with murdering co-worker near South Bay

An argument after a work party turned into a fight that left Daniel Taylor shot dead early on Feb. 22, prosecutors said today in charging Marquis Smith with murder.

Smith, 23, of Hyde Park, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in South Boston District Court.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, the two men attended a work-related party downtown that night:

They left the event together with Taylor driving a family member’s vehicle.

While driving through Dorchester, Smith and Taylor became engaged in an argument, prosecutors say. This came to a head in the area of Boston and Howell streets, where Taylor exited the vehicle and pulled Smith from the passenger’s side. Their verbal argument became a physical confrontation. At some point, prosecutors say, Smith produced a firearm and shot Taylor repeatedly before fleeing on foot in the direction of Andrew station.

Innocent, etc.

Woman knocked off bike in Southwest Corridor mugging in Jamaica Plain

UPDATE: California man charged.

A woman riding her bicycle in the Southwest Corridor near English High School was knocked off by a guy who managed to make off with her iPhone 3G after failing to get her bike. She suffered a busted lip and a black eye in the attack.

Police started looking for a white man with tattoos and quickly found a possible suspect nearby.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:46

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