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By adamg - 10/23/21 - 12:30 pm

Michael Flaherty Has Always Been a Leader

No need anymore for Flaherty to remind voters what he uses to mix things. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/21 - 3:38 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced today she will formally contest the Census Bureau's Boston head count of 675,647, saying it leaves out significant numbers of students, inmates and foreign-born residents. Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/21 - 9:04 pm

A federal judge yesterday formally approved a deal between advocates for people with mobility problems and Boston, under which the city will install or repair roughly 15,000 access ramps at intersections over the next ten years. Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/21 - 11:09 am
Postcard says people know if you voted

People in Roslindale and Jamaica Plain report getting post cards from out-of-staters letting them know that whether or not they vote is a matter of public record and, of course, implying that somebody is keeping track. Nothing creepy at all about that, even if it is true one's record of going to the polls (or sending in a ballot) is public. Read more.

By BB from Dot - 10/18/21 - 3:14 pm

Until fairly recently it was possible to search the City of Boston's assessing site by owner's name. Now it seems to only be searchable by address, which is a hindrance if one is trying to find out how much property someone (such as an absentee landlord) owns.

Does anyone know why this was changed?

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By adamg - 10/18/21 - 9:58 am

As the fallout over her most recent flier (scroll down, past the racist Easter-egg item), District 6 council candidate Mary Tamer today apologized - not long before she was scheduled for a meet-and-greet in Jamaica Plain, where the reaction has been, oh, a tad more negative than in West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/21 - 12:45 pm

For the past couple of weeks, somebody's been going around Roslindale tossing plastic Easter eggs into people's yards that, when opened, have the above piece of paper in them. Calling the candidate a "communist" would be kind of laughable for anybody who actually knows what "communism" means, but aside from that, it's become a code-word for "Asian-American" since the start of the pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/21 - 1:34 pm
Emerald ash borer

Evil menace lurking in a tree and flaunting itself. Photos by USDA Forest Service.

The mayor's office today declared a war that could last several years against the invasive and voracious emerald ash borer. Residents will see the first major evidence of the battles to come this winter, when Boston arborists chop down several hundred "dead, dying, or significantly damaged" ash trees across the city. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/21 - 10:15 pm

Boston Real Estate Times reports what's going on around here to cause all those developers to propose life-sciences projects:

Capitalizing on limited available space in the near term, property owners continue to seek and achieve record high rents. ... In East Cambridge, where two ground-up projects are underway with availability, asking rents have climbed 23.9% in the last 24 months. Asking rents in Boston have also reached triple digits, ending the quarter at $100 per sq. ft.

By adamg - 10/14/21 - 10:17 am

Or you want to see the half you missed when WBZ decided "Jeopardy" was more important, C-Span has put up a recording of the entire debate.

By adamg - 10/13/21 - 11:29 pm
The two candidates in the WBZ debate

The two candidates debate at WBZ.

WBZ has the summary of the debate its Jon Keller moderated. More from NBC Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 10/12/21 - 10:15 pm

WBZ Newsradio's Karyn Regal reports 812 of Boston's roughly 18,000 municipal workers are no longer drawing a paycheck because they won't get a shot or a weekly test.

By adamg - 10/12/21 - 11:40 am
Palmer in West Roxbury

Palmer at pro-police rally in West Roxbury last month.

The Dorchester Reporter reports that both the Massachusetts Republican Party and the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association donated money to failed at-large candidate Donnie Palmer before the September preliminary. Read more.

By adamg - 10/11/21 - 12:23 pm

The big one is Wednesday, when Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu face off in a debate on WBZ at 7 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/21 - 12:01 pm

Teacher, Mom, Mayor

The New York Times has a long piece today about the way Annissa Essaibi George has ramped up her Boston accent, in her uniquely Anissa Essaibi George way (in which she admits to doing so then says it doesn't matter). The story quotes her, a HiPahk supporter of Michelle Wu, an accent coach and some guy who says he only started dropping his Rs harder when his mother told him to pronounce them if he wanted to get ahead in life. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/21 - 2:53 pm

The Boston Sun reprints a press release from Rajan Zed, who really wants to give an invocation to start a Boston City Council meeting, but can't find any councilors willing to sponsor him. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/21 - 10:29 am

An Energy Department helicopter is flying along the route of the Monday Marathon today. As they do every year a few days before the Boston Marathon route, the crew is recording background radiation levels so they have a baseline to compare to should the worst happen.

Here it is in action: Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 6:08 pm

Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Boston - 10-6-21

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today signed an executive order declaring the second Monday of every October as Indigenous Peoples Day, to honor the people whose genocide began with the voyages of the day's previous honoree, Christopher Columbus. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 9:43 am

Ed Markey today became the second senator to endorse Michelle Wu, citing her environmental activism: Read more.

By adamg - 10/5/21 - 9:10 am

On Half Drunk Dunks, Alice Brown walks around Boston, artistically photographing the half-drunk Dunkin' beverages that we seem to love perching in precarious places (via the Globe).

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