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
Jul. 19, 2013
City Councillor Rob Consalvo is pressing a national education reform group, which has a Massachusetts chapter backing a rival for mayor, to stay out of the race. Read more
Jul. 18, 2013
State Rep. Marty Walsh, a mayoral candidate, on Thursday called on the School Committee to suspend its search for a new superintendent. Citing a Reporter story that sketches out a rough timeline for the search, Walsh released a lengthy statement in which he raises and blasts the possibility of an “accelerated” search intended to limit a new mayor’s role in the selection. Read more
Jul. 17, 2013
Boston Public Schools officials are hoping to have a new superintendent in place by early next year, a time frame that would have finalists for the position in place in January or February, shortly after the swearing-in of the next mayor. Read more
Jul. 17, 2013
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley played it beautifully last week in breaking the news that Boston police were on the verge of establishing a DNA link between Albert DeSalvo, known as the Boston Strangler, and Mary Sullivan, a 19-year-old who was murdered in her Beacon Hill apartment some 49 years ago. Read more
Jul. 17, 2013
As a poll out this week showed 40 percent of likely voters undecided in a fluid race for mayor, two of the contenders hoping to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino sought to differentiate themselves with new television ads while others touted their priorities and their neighborhood canvassing efforts. Read more