Civics

Analysis: City counters bend boundaries, thousands cut out of Dot

BRA map: Click for larger (4mb) ver.BRA map: Click for larger (4mb) ver.The Boston Redevelopment Authority — or BRA— says that there are 91,982 people living in Dorchester, based on newly-released data collected for the 2010 census.

If that were a correct count of Dorchester’s residents, it would mean that the population of Boston’s largest neighborhood dropped by nearly 1,000 souls over the last decade.

But, the city’s planning department appears to have it wrong.

The BRA may have shorted Dorchester’s population by tens of thousands of people, according to calculations done by the Reporter.  Read more

Text of Jackson speech at March 26 swearing-in

The following is the text of Tito Jackson's speech, as prepared for delivery, at his swearing-in at Hibernian Hall on Saturday, March 26, 2010.  Read more

Boston Redevelopment chief leaving post

The head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority has submitted his resignation, the Menino administration said Friday. John Palmieri, who has served in the post since 2007, is stepping down on May 1.

The powerful agency oversees economic development and planning within the city.  Read more

Lawmakers split after transportation officials stick with Blue Hill commuter rail stop

Top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter rail station between the Blue Hill Ave. and Cummins Highway overpasses, despite opposition from the area’s abutters. A top senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents on Tuesday in state Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station.  Read more

Port Norfolk ‘brainstorm’ planned for connecting paths

Port Norfolk connectionPort Norfolk connectionA group of four graduate students from Tufts University will lead a community meeting on Saturday morning in Port Norfolk to discuss possible connections between the Neponset Greenway trail and the Boston Harborwalk.

The Tufts students are conducting the “brainstorming session” in collaboration with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and other partner agencies. The students will have maps showing potential routes to make the connection between the two trails safer and more user-friendly.

“We want to get feedback from people on those routes or alternate routes,” says Christine Kim, one of the students. “And we want to get feedback on what they’re looking to get out of it.”

The meeting will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m.- noon at the Port Norfolk Yacht Club. Contact the Tufts team at dotcoastgreenwayuep@gmail.com or fill out their survey here.  Read more

Jackson getting sworn in at Hibernian Hall

Tito Jackson will be able to drop the "-elect" tag from his title on Saturday, when he is expected to be sworn in as District Seven's new city councillor.

The swearing-in is scheduled for noon at Hibernian Hall.

Jackson won the March 15 special election with 82 percent of the vote.  Read more

Finally: Census Bureau to release local data next week

The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to release data at the local level for Massachusetts next week. The data will be used to redraw the state's Congressional, Governor's Council, and state House and state Senate districts.

The other states also receiving their local data include Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. For each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Read more

This week's Reporter: Hit or miss with community centers, Connolly v. BPS and more

Couple of things worth highlighting in this week's Reporter:

-- Stephen Kurkjian, a senior investigative fellow at Watchdog New England, and Northeastern University's Rachel Zarrell and Gal Tziperman Lotan offer up a must-read on the state of the city's community centers.  Read more

Email offers insight into potential timeline for Warren Senate bid

A top adviser to Newton Mayor Setti Warren is looking for young people with campaigns under their belt to potentially staff his U.S. Senate bid. In an email seeking help earlier this month, obtained by the Reporter, political consultant Deborah Shah wrote that she may be staffing up at the end of April for the potential Senate campaign.

Pay may be “limited,” she wrote, but “top performers” will have a shot at staff jobs starting over the summer or right after Labor Day in September.  Read more

Obama gives pep talk at TechBoston Academy: President hails school as model for nation

Pres. Obama: President Obama spoke at TechBoston Academy on Tuesday, March  8, 2011. Photo courtesy BPSPres. Obama: President Obama spoke at TechBoston Academy on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Photo courtesy BPS
For Archana Ailawadhi, a college counselor at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, it was all about the numbers when President Barack Obama stopped by the school on Tuesday afternoon.

“The students here come from some tough neighborhoods – am I right?” asked the president. “Yes. And yet the graduation rate is almost 20 points higher than the rest of the city – 20 points higher,” Obama said to applause. “Ninety-four percent of the most recent graduating class went to college. Eighty-five percent of those students were the first in their family to do so. Your math and science scores are consistently higher than other Boston schools, and the attendance rate here is 94 percent.”

Ailawadhi smiled, recalling the moment. “I was overwhelmed,” she said after the speech, as local politicians and students milled around the gymnasium of the former Dorchester High School, still soaking in the pomp and circumstance of a presidential appearance.  Read more