The Zoning Board of Appeals this week approved what would be Boston's first recreational pot shop, in the old Hilton Tent City building on Friend Street, near North Station. Read more.
Robomart, a San Francisco company, says Stop & Shop will roll out its robogrocery vehicles in the Boston area later this year. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports: Real Estate Sales Dive in Downtown Boston; Listing Inventory at 5-Year High.
The Boston Public Facilities Commission voted today to sell roughly 1.5 acres of long vacant city-owned land in Readville to a Roslindale couple who will use it to grow "microgreens " - plants harvested just a couple weeks after their seeds have germinated. Read more.
The Washington Post reports a googly-eyed robot named Marty is now roaming the Stop & Shop in Seekonk, reporting spills and other problems - via a control center in the Philippines - at least until somebody knocks Mr. Smartypants over in a fit of rage or it kills itself like that robot in DC because people keep calling it Mahty or because it quickly despairs of its spending its life searching for fallen price signs.
One thing the Trump shutdown didn't end was a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to set off explosives at the bottom of Boston Harbor tomorrow to deepen a shipping channel. It took a judge to do that. Read more.
Reuters reports the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from ExxonMobil over a Massachusetts court ruling that it hand over documents related to the company's efforts to not just hide evidence of climate change but to discredit the science involved. Read more.
Uber calls them independent contractors, but a group of its drivers in the Boston-area say they are really employees who deserve to make, at the very least, the Massachusetts minimum wage, along with getting overtime and sick leave. Read more.
WTVD reports a Walhburgers in downtown Raleigh, NC lasted just seven months before it was forced to shut down for lack of business.
The property manager told ABC11 they are changing the locks on the doors of Wahlburgers. ... Early buzz surrounding the restaurant's first North Carolina location appeared to fade by the time the location finally opened.
The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved plans by Deb and Tony DeBenedictis to add two residential floors above their butcher shop on Washington Street at Durnell Avenue in Roslindale. Read more.
Cambridge Day reports on the latest wrinkle in a never-ending controversy over the UpperWest wine bar. This time, the ACLU is looking at the police commissioner's vote, as one of three licensing commissioners, to punish the restaurant over comments an owner allegedly made to fire inspectors on a visit. He said the comments were threats that demanded punishment; the ACLU, buttressed by comments by the inspectors themselves, said they were not physical threats and fall under the First Amendment.
Gary at Gary's Liquors on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury reports:
- reduced plastic bag use by 100%
- Paper bag use was reduced by 78%
- 99.8% of the people were understanding and only a few were upset.
- I think it will only be a matter of time until everyone gets used to bringing reusable bags when shopping.
- I was truly shocked and encouraged as to how easy people seemed to accept it. Congratulations on this first step to help save the planet.
The BPDA is looking for ways to spruce up the Charlestown Navy Yard and turn it into a destination for people who have already seen Old Ironsides - with more art, history and use of the water. Earlier this week, the agency released copies of presentations from several design firms with ideas on how to "activate" both the water's edge and the three-mile Harborwalk section that runs through the Navy Yard. Read more.
Raoul Marradi of Jamaica Plain, who had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair, has died at 59, after several years of suing scores of restaurants, bars and landlords in the Boston area to require them to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.
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