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By adamg - 10/18/19 - 10:51 am
Ripped-open boxes

An irate citizen files a 311 complaint about a ticket:

Our wedding registry packages were stolen from our doorstep, the gifts removed, and empty boxes left torn open up the street. We were then given a ticket ($25 for "improper storage trash, res"). Would like to report the theft and dispute the ticket. Thank you!

By adamg - 10/17/19 - 9:54 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports on a forum in Roxbury for people running for the four at-large City Council seats open in next month's election.

By adamg - 10/15/19 - 1:10 pm
Trolley station in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By adamg - 10/12/19 - 12:25 pm

WGBH reports on an audit of zoning-board decisions and members by a former federal prosecutor hired by Mayor Walsh after the arrest and guilty plea of a BPDA manager for helping to get a South Boston project re-approved by the Zoning Board - and that properties handled by former ZBA member Craig Galvin are now being scrutinized by the feds.

By adamg - 10/12/19 - 11:41 am

WBZ stumbles across all the complaints filed with the city over injuries caused by tripping over bad sidewalks.

By adamg - 10/11/19 - 8:43 am

WBUR reports the death of longtime Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle, 67. Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 11:23 am
BPDA vs. DND map of

BPDA's version of Allston/Brighton on the left, DND's on the right.

One of the things that will drive any Boston reporter or editor insane over the years is trying to figure out just where the lines are between Boston neighborhoods. Is the Hotel Alexandra in Roxbury or the South End? Would the proposed Roxbury Prep school be in Roslindale or West Roxbury? Where, exactly, does Comm. Ave. stop being Allston and start being, um, whatever that thin strip is that connects it to the rest of Boston?

City planners face the same exact problem. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/19 - 1:19 pm

CommonWealth reports that Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins is calling on the legislature to approve a pilot program in which health providers could create a center where people with a drug addiction could shoot up - while under medical supervision and where they would receive referrals to treatment programs. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/19 - 9:00 am

WBUR takes a look at how the BHA is rebuilding large public-housing developments in Boston by contracting private developers to do the work in exchange for letting them build market-rate units on BHA land.

By adamg - 10/7/19 - 9:38 am
West End before the BRA

West End before the BRA. From the BPL.

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large), says this morning you can change its name all you want, but the agency that demolished the West End and continues to use political relationships and special exceptions to a creaky zoning code to benefit the well off is not what Boston needs in an era of accelerated growth. Read more.

By adamg - 10/2/19 - 10:03 am
A man in his bowler hat in the snow in old Boston

The folks at the City of Boston Archives wonder if you figure out where and when Mr. Bowler-Hat Man was photographed (hint: note the Boston boundary marker he's leaning against). See it larger.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 10:58 am

The Cedar Grove Civic Association holds a forum for the eight candidates vying for four at-large seats on the Boston City Council 7 p.m. tonight at Florian Hall, 55 Hallett St. in Dorchester.

Other forums for at-large candidates this month: Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 10:13 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) is proposing a shake-up of the Zoning Board of Appeal that would include ditching its current requirements that it have representatives of the real-estate and building businesses and trades and replace that with requirements that the board include voting members with expertise in "urban planning and the design of neighborhoods," civil rights and fair housing, affordable housing, one renter, one home owner - and one member with expertise in zoning. Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/19 - 9:05 am

Schoolyard News reports the moratorium includes end-of-year English and math assessments and the Terra Nova test in fourth and fifth grades.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 5:15 pm

The city of Boston is looking to hire 11 "parking meter supervisors" to patrol city streets and municipal lots looking for vehicles that merit you issuing parking tickets or that need to be simply towed away, all while acting in a "courteous and professional manner" as you explain the law to people who are getting a ticket or watching their car be hooked up to a tow truck. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 5:00 pm
At-large results from the 2019 Boston preliminary election

Matthew McCloskey has put together a map of results from Tuesday's preliminary for the four at-large seats on the Boston City Council. You can get a good idea of the numbers at a glance citywide, then click on specific precincts to see the top four finishers. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 2:13 pm

News about Doyle's in JP closing got folks at the Boston Preservation Allilance to thinking:

We want to know what Boston businesses you think are neighborhood-defining. What are the places you can't imagine the city without?

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 11:28 am

WGBH reports that as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal, Craig Galvin "acted as a real estate broker for multiple properties that received valuable zoning variances" from the board during his time there. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 11:01 am

Bearcatinboston asks:

Best karaoke spot in Boston?

By adamg - 9/25/19 - 10:58 am

The Bellevue Hill Improvement Association hosts a forum for the newly slimmed down field of candidates for at-large city-council seats at 7 p.m. on Monday at St. George Orthodox Church Hall, 55 Emmonsdale Rd. in West Roxbury.

In yesterday's preliminary election, voters selected eight candidates to face off for four at-large seats in the Nov. 5 final election: Michelle Wu , Michael Flaherty, Annissa Essaibi-George, Alejandra St. Guillen, Julia Mejia, Althea Garrison, Erin Murphy and David Halbert.

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