The Dorchester Reporter takes a look at some Boston demographic data recently released by the BPDA.
CommonWealth takes note of some recent proposals for new residential complexes in the city that will have little or no parking spots for tenants (like this one next to the Ashmont Red Line station), and says the BPDA is taking steps to ensure the residents actually use public transit and not clog up neighboring streets with their cars - such as creating a registry of the buildings so that the city can bar their residents from getting residential parking permits. Read more.
City Councilor Michelle Wu argues:
Forget fare hikes; let’s seek the sustainable revenue sources to take action on improving service levels, electrifying trains, and speeding up buses.
The Guardian attended the annual Battle of the Brands fashion show, in which all the runway models have lost somebody to gun violence, this past weekend.
Schoolyard News reports that the School Committee tonight is expected to formally accept a gift of 250 "Melody Ellison" dolls for BPS elementary schools.
The dolls, which cost $115 retail, are meant to represent a black girl living in Detroit in 1964, after King's "I have a dream speech" and the Birmingham church bombings; the gift was arranged by committee member Jeri Robinson, who says schools are already using the dolls for everything from teaching history to fine motor skills.
Mayor Walsh has filed a proposed ordinance that would let scooter companies begin lining city sidewalks with their for-hire two wheelers - as long as register with the city and promise to get their users not to block sidewalk ramps, crosswalks, fire hydrants and building entrances. Read more.
The Roger Stone indictment says Corsi & Stone instigated the “Clinton is sick” lie on Aug 2.
By Aug 15, Trump was making it a regular part of his campaign & the mainstram media amplified the lie.
Watch Roger Stone on Infowars. He isn't human. pic.twitter.com/pV1sB30rJz
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) January 27, 2019
Streetsblog, which covers walking, biking and transit in several cities, is hiring a full-time editor to run a site focusing on Massachusetts. Among the requirements:
Research and write enterprise pieces about developments in transportation and planning policy happening around the metro Boston area and elsewhere in Massachusetts
WGBH reports that while the city does collect crash data, it does so only from EMS calls, not BPD logs, and doesn't send any of it to the state.
In an email, a spokesperson for Walsh told WGBH News that the records-keeping system used by the Boston Police Department is incapable of generating reports compatible with the state’s crash data analysis program.
(posting on their behalf)
BE ON THE LOOKOUT!!
The helmet of Boston Firefighter and friend of the Boston Sparks Brian Mullen from RESCUE 2 has “gone” missing while he was working at a recent technical rescue incident on the Muddy River. The river is on the Boston / Brookline line and empties into the Charles River in the Fenway neighborhood.
The helmet device is unique as it is made of real leather and had a crack in the "2" and a medal inside the helmet band.
Councilors Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Kim Janey (Roxbury) say the city's current affordable-housing efforts are not enough to stop the Manhattanization of Boston. Read more.
Learn about progressive issues and actions you can take during the new year. On January 23, Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale will have an open meeting to discuss topics affecting our communities the local political environment.
City Council President Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) and other councilors say they're fed up with death and destruction on Boston streets caused by texting Massholes and other bad drivers, and want to look at new methods to stop them.
Among the possibilities raised by Campbell: Cameras mounted at key intersections and along major roadways that could catch and generate people barrelling through red lights and going way too fast. Read more.
Mayor Walsh swore Althea Garrison in today as an at-large city councilor, following the resignation of Ayanna Pressley, now in Washington. Read more.