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By adamg - 1/24/20 - 11:15 am
Map showing neighborhoods with dramatic drops in kids: From Allston to Dorchester

From the Boston Foundation report.

The Boston Foundation reports a Manhattanizing Boston increasingly split between the well off and the very poor is rapidly losing its under-18 population: Read more.

By adamg - 1/23/20 - 9:04 am

We got a voicemail...

Newly elected at-large City Councilor Julia Mejia posted a voice mail she got from somebody who is upset with her proposal to strengthen Boston's sanctuary-city regulations. He vows to call the president's office.

By adamg - 1/21/20 - 11:42 am

One fine Saturday evening in October, so many people wanted to get into the Draft, 34 Harvard Ave. in Allston, there was a line outside. A guy went up to another man who was with a group of women and asked them all for their IDs. He was carefully scrutinizing them when one of the bar's actual doorman spotted the action and rushed over to demand the guy give the people their IDs back. Read more.

By adamg - 1/20/20 - 9:48 am
From Scollay Square to Government Center

You can use a slider to see Scollay Square change into Government Center.

The BPL's Norman Leventhal Map Center has created this really nifty thing that you should probably stop reading about right now unless you have some free time, because you're going to want to play with it right away: Atlascope Boston lets you enter a Boston-area address or location and then see what it looked like in the good old days (some of the maps date to the 1860s). Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/20 - 12:13 pm
Lynch taking a bribe, according to feds

Photo showing Lynch taking one of several bribe payments, prosecutors say.

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to send now former BPDA middle manager John Lynch to federal prison for four years for accepting a $50,000 bribe from a developer to arrange a successful zoning-board vote on a South Boston condo project. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/20 - 9:06 am

Yes, there was a touch of snow in the air this morning, especially along the South Shore. Aaron Perry at NBC Boston explains why, although, to be honest, if you don't have a degree in meteorology, you might not have a clue what he wrote. But here's a radar image of the flurries.

By adamg - 1/11/20 - 12:16 pm

J.L. Bell reports on a 1775 ordinance on Boston drivers:

Complaints have been made to the Selectmen that numbers of the Inhabitants have been greatly disturbed by the driving of Slays thro’ the Town, with the beat of Drums & other noises, at unseasonable Times of the Night; To prevent such Disorders for the future, Orders have been given the Constables of the Town Watch to stop such offenders and make Report of their Names, that they may be dealt with as the Law directs.

By adamg - 1/9/20 - 11:42 am

MassDOT says Boston-area Boys and Girls clubs have been stocked with CharlieCards for people who want to get somewhere on the T (you'll still have to put value on them yourself): Read more.

By adamg - 1/9/20 - 11:07 am
A lot of kids in black and white in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 1/7/20 - 10:15 pm

WGBH provides an overview of Mayor Walsh's annual state-of-the-city address, in which he called for $500 million of new affordable-housing construction and a fund to help renters below certain income levels pay their rent. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 8:14 pm

New, More Diverse Council Starts Term

Chris Lovett at BNN News reports on today's inauguration at Faneuil Hall.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 10:07 am

WBUR reports on the possibility that BPS has shared data on more than 100 students with ICE, based on documents released in a lawsuit by education and civil rights advocates suing the city to take a look at just what gets sent to the feds.

BPS may not share any info directly with ICE, but it does forward certain disciplinary reports to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, a Boston Police unit that does.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 9:13 am

The Globe reports: "Building permits for new housing in Boston fell by nearly one-quarter in 2019, city data show."

By adamg - 1/2/20 - 11:21 am

Anna seeks suggestions:

Our family New Year’s resolution this year is to do something fun in every neighborhood in Boston. Help us out with recs from your neighborhood!

By adamg - 1/2/20 - 10:39 am

The Massachusetts Council of Churches and a number of individual ministers in Boston and Cambridge have issued a letter pledging to stand with Jews in the face of growing antisemitism, and calling on their parishioners to do the same. Read more.

By adamg - 1/2/20 - 9:37 am

LimoLiner, which provided extra amenities on buses to and from New York, announced this week it has driven its last passengers. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/19 - 9:50 am
2019 Boston murder victims

The youngest victim was just 16 months, the oldest 74 years. Boston has recorded 38 murders in 2019, down from 52 in 2018, although that is of little comfort to the families and friends of the victims. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/19 - 9:44 am
Locksmith and lunch

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 12/29/19 - 2:14 pm
Bobcat in Millennium Park

Turkeys and coyotes continued their takeover of Boston and surrounding towns in 2019 and squirrels and raccoons got up to all sorts of mischief - including blowing up a car - but the year was also marked by our first bobcat in decades, as spotted by Mary Ellen McMahon in West Roxbury's Millennium Park. The year in Boston animals.

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