Boston city councilors agreed yesterday to take a look at how to ensure local companies that get tax breaks actually hire all the people or help fund community programs they promised to when receiving city tax breaks. 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.
Boston city councilors agreed today to focus some attention on problems ensuring BPS secondary students can get to schools - and after-school activities and jobs - in a far-flung city with an unreliable public-transit system, and will schedule a formal hearing on the matter. Read more.
The Globe reports on an internal MBTA report that shows "hundreds of MBTA properties - stations, garages, and parking lots - are in disrepair, from equipment that seems permanently broken to shabby surroundings that make the daily commute that much more unpleasant" (see the crumbling ceiling at Copley). Read more.
UPDATE: Hearing tonight on proposed residential building in Allston cancelled because the BPDA project manager was among those arrested.
The City Council agreed today to consider a proposal by councilors Michelle Wu, Kim Janey and Lydia Edwards that would require retail and restaurant chains to get zoning-board approval before opening any new outlets in the city's "local business" districts. Read more.
The City Council voted unanimously today to condemn current federal policies on breaking up families at the border, after Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) broke down in tears today as she explained she's had trouble just leaving the house the past couple of days after watching all the news and after Councilor Josh Zakim (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway), whose family fled the Nazis two generations ago, said comparisons to the actions of Nazi Germany are "entirely appropriate." Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a new proposal for dealing with short-term rentals that would by default bar investors from buying up units or even entire buildings and offering rentals on Airbnb and similar sites. Read more.
City Councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Josh Zakim (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill) will ask other councilors to join them tomorrow in urging the state to use barriers to protect bicyclists when the revamped Longfellow Bridge finally opens later this month. Read more.
The Boston City Council today approved a proposal to create a "business improvement district," in which property owners along the Rose Kennedy Greenway could be levied fees to help support the linear park. Read more.
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.
CommonWealth reports that City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) and Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) want to amend Mayor Walsh's proposed short-term-rental ordinance to bar investor-owned apartments and condos from the short-term market. Walsh's proposal would let them rent out units for up to 90 days a year - which Wu says is effectively 45 weekends a year.
The city council has to vote on Walsh's proposal and possible amendments by tomorrow or Walsh's proposal becomes law as is.
The Boston City Council next week will likely consider an application for a medical-marijuana dispensary on VFW Parkway, just past the Dedham line. Read more.
Boston City Councilors say the $85 million the city directly pays into the MBTA every year should at least buy them a meeting with T officials to press their case to do more than just maintain an increasingly unreliable system they say particularly penalizes residents who don't live near a subway stop. Read more.
The Boston City Council agreed today to begin looking into ways to deal with flooding that go beyond requiring developers along the waterfront to take into account increased flooding due to climate change and sea-level rise. Read more.
The Boston City Council today agreed to hold at least one hearing to try to figure out how to make Madison Park the sort of vocational school that educators from other cities would want to visit to learn how it does things. Read more.
The City Council today approved a request by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu to begin looking at charging fees for what are now free resident parking permits - and maybe even limiting the number of permits any one family could get. Read more.
Ed. note: This post has been extensively rewritten to take into account Harvard's decision to postpone any work and to add a statement from somebody in favor of it.
Harvard's Arnold Arboretum says it's put a controversial proposal to put solar panels on an open field at Walter and Weld streets on hold.
Still, five city councilors have written Harvard President Drew Faust to make clear their objections to the plan - and request that Harvard use a neighboring parcel instead.. Read more.
City Council President Michelle Wu often takes the Orange Line to work at City Hall - and often takes her two young sons with her (City Hall has a daycare center). Increasingly, she has problems making the transition from underground to City Hall Plaza, like today: Read more.
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