Jul. 31, 2013
The 6.25 percent sales tax will be temporarily suspended the weekend of Aug. 10 and 11, under a bill that sailed through the Legislature Wednesday and only requires the governor's signature to become law.
Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday he expects to sign the tax suspension law as long as the more than $20 million in foregone revenue is made up with other funds - concerns the bill addressed. Read more
Jul. 31, 2013
The good news: After years of community advocacy, planning, and pushing, Dorchester neighborhoods now have easy rail access to downtown through the opening of three new stations on the MBTA Fairmount commuter rail line.
The bad news: The MBTA did not abide by local hiring standards for the construction work on the line. A victory for transit equity wrapped in a defeat for Boston’s workers. How did this happen?
Three new stations on the Fairmount Commuter Line — the Four Corners/Geneva Avenue station, the Talbot Avenue station and the Newmarket station —serve neighborhoods of the city that have been underserved by public transportation for decades. Read more
Looking to catch a mayoral candidate in action? A list of forums and debates taking place over the next two months, as the city edges closer towards the Sept. 24 preliminary, is available after the jump. The list is a work-in-progress: times and dates are subject to change, and there are forums and debates we've probably missed. If you want to submit a listing, email email@example.com with the information. Read more
Jul. 30, 2013
“My husband is running for mayor of Boston,” said Tchintcia Barros, who was standing outside the door as people poured out of the Route 27 bus on a Monday morning. “Good morning, my husband is running for mayor of Boston,” she said. “Good morning, my husband John Barros is running for mayor of Boston,” she said again as they hurried to catch the train.
“I’m not political,” one woman responded, heading into the Ashmont MBTA station. “I’m all set,” a second woman said, waving her hand. A third woman stopped and smiled as Tchintcia (pronounced chin-see-ah) handed her some campaign literature. Another commuter pulled headphones out of his ears to listen to her pitch. Read more
A spokesperson for Mayor Tom Menino today said that the mayor believes that a key city-owned parcel along the Fairmount Line in Uphams Corner should be redeveloped as a "transit oriented development"— a strong indication that the city will put the brakes on an emerging plan to turn the site into a warehouse for city street lights. Read more
A newly-minted city of Boston plan to store street poles and bucket trucks on a three-acre property near Uphams Corner is coming under fire from some stakeholders, who say that the city-owned site next to the Fairmount commuter rail line should be used for housing instead.
The 120,000 square foot Maxwell site, dominated by a sprawling, empty cardboard box warehouse, was seized by the city of Boston more than two years ago after its former owner lost the land to foreclosure. The existing warehouse on East Cottage Street is in dilapidated condition and must be torn down to accommodate whatever use comes next. Read more
Bill Walczak is a self-described “map freak.”
There are maps of Dorchester, Boston and New England all over the walls of his home up on Savin Hill. The maps show a Boston before parts were filled in to make new neighborhoods and new roads, before climate change entered the broader public conversation. Read more
Jul. 24, 2013
In the face of claims that higher taxes will hurt a slowly recovering economy, the House and Senate voted Wednesday to override Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of legislation raising taxes by $500 million to invest in transportation and other areas of the state budget.
The House voted 123-33 and the Senate 35-5 to override the governor's veto with two-thirds majorities in both branches. The tax increases are scheduled to take effect in seven days. Read more
There are 62 days, or two months, left until the Sept. 24 preliminary election.
-- Boston.com will be hosting mini-debates next month, set up similar to the MassINC/CommonWealth magazine forums at the Palm restaurant. The mini-debates will be held at the Globe Lab, inside the Boston Globe’s headquarters on Morrissey Blvd.
More details here; the schedule is below:
On August 7, 2013 at 7pm we welcome:
City Councilor Rob Consalvo
City Councilor Mike Ross
State Representative Martin "Marty" Walsh
Charlotte Golar Richie on TV, upcoming fundraisers for Felix Arroyo and Bill Walczak wading into the debate over a search for a new superintendent -- all that and more in an update on the mayor's race.
-- Civic groups in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood are hosting a mayoral forum at WGBH on Tuesday night. According to a release about the forum, it starts at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by state Sen. Will Brownsberger, a Democratic candidate for Congress. Read more