Airbnb is making it clear this week that not only does it oppose efforts by city councilors to regulate the apartments and condos it advertises, it will take the low road to do it. Read more.
The Board of Appeals today approved the gut rehab and expansion of a decaying triple decker at 187 London St., over the opposition of neighbors who include City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Read more.
The Boston City Council today voted unanimously to support planned student protests over gun violence on March 24 in Boston and across the country. Read more.
Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) today proposed taxes on property speculation as a way to keep Boston from becoming another Manhattan.
The Board of Appeal today approved a total of 27 new residential units across East Boston. Because none are in projects of 10 or more units, all can be sold at market or luxury rates, with no units designated for people making less than the median income.
In a sign of political changes to come in the neighborhood, though, incoming City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who takes office in January, opposed two of the projects supported by outgoing Councilor Sal LaMattina. Read more.
East Boston native James Aloisi considers the meaning of East Boston having a city councilor who isn't an Italian-American man:
In a race of historic importance, [Lydia] Edwards defeated the candidate backed by the long powerful but increasingly diminished political old guard. Edwards won for many reasons - an impressive background and resume; a passionate cadre of supporters; and, perhaps most important, the ability to see, understand, and appeal to the changing demographics in the district.
CORRECTION: The candidates will have two debates after all - they agreed to a second one on Oct. 11.
After both sides agreed not to scab out at a WBZ debate, we're left with just a single mayoral debate, at WGBH's studios on the 10th (and now a second one the next night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury). Tito asked Marty for at least four total debates. One of Marty's minions replied, basically: Yeah, right.
Speaking of Walsh opponents, John Connolly popped up this week ... Read more.
David Bernstein writes that the interesting news in last night's results were not in the race for mayor - which surprised no one - but in the council races, which could mean two black women joining the council in January - possibly alongside incumbent minority councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu (at large) and Andrea Campbell (Dorchester). Read more.
The three candidates for the District 1 City Council seat (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) that Sal LaMattina is giving up sounded similar themes on a number of issues, including Airbnb and 4 a.m. closing times, at a forum sponsored by the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council tonight. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a candidates forum for District 1, which includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston, and candidates Lydia Edwards, Margaret Farmer and Stephen Passacantilli.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the Ward 3 Democratic Committee this week endorsed Stephen Passacantilli for the District 1 seat (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) from which Sal LaMattina is retiring this year. The East Boston Times-Free Press reports state Sen. Joseph Boncore endorsed Lydia Edwards for the seat. Also running: Margaret Farmer.