Boston city councilors agreed yesterday to take a look at how to ensure local companies that get tax breaks actually hire all the people or help fund community programs they promised to when receiving city tax breaks. Read more.
The Boston City Council today approved a package of election-related changes that would include increasing council terms from two to four years starting with the 2021 election. Read more.
help cities and towns cover the cost of upgrades to "storm water systems, dams and flood controls, drainage and culvert improvements, drought mitigation strategies and nature-based solutions and adaptation strategies."
The money would also help state and local agencies protect assets including infrastructure, critical care facilities, water resources
The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this old elevated disaster. See it larger.
WCVB reports that over two years, Boston has collected 1 million hypodermic needles discarded around the city. With a map.
Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) today proposed giving minority Boston entrepreneurs a two-year head start on getting local marijuana licenses as a way to address past wrongs in the war on drugs and to help ensure at least some of the profits from the lucrative business stay local. Read more.
City Council President Andrea Campbell today proposed changes to the city charter that would extend the current two-year terms of councilors four years and to eliminate the way Althea Garrison became an at-large councilor last month. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter takes a look at some Boston demographic data recently released by the BPDA.
CommonWealth takes note of some recent proposals for new residential complexes in the city that will have little or no parking spots for tenants (like this one next to the Ashmont Red Line station), and says the BPDA is taking steps to ensure the residents actually use public transit and not clog up neighboring streets with their cars - such as creating a registry of the buildings so that the city can bar their residents from getting residential parking permits. Read more.
City Councilor Michelle Wu argues:
Forget fare hikes; let’s seek the sustainable revenue sources to take action on improving service levels, electrifying trains, and speeding up buses.
The Guardian attended the annual Battle of the Brands fashion show, in which all the runway models have lost somebody to gun violence, this past weekend.
Schoolyard News reports that the School Committee tonight is expected to formally accept a gift of 250 "Melody Ellison" dolls for BPS elementary schools.
The dolls, which cost $115 retail, are meant to represent a black girl living in Detroit in 1964, after King's "I have a dream speech" and the Birmingham church bombings; the gift was arranged by committee member Jeri Robinson, who says schools are already using the dolls for everything from teaching history to fine motor skills.
Mayor Walsh has filed a proposed ordinance that would let scooter companies begin lining city sidewalks with their for-hire two wheelers - as long as register with the city and promise to get their users not to block sidewalk ramps, crosswalks, fire hydrants and building entrances. Read more.
The Roger Stone indictment says Corsi & Stone instigated the “Clinton is sick” lie on Aug 2.
By Aug 15, Trump was making it a regular part of his campaign & the mainstram media amplified the lie.
Watch Roger Stone on Infowars. He isn't human. pic.twitter.com/pV1sB30rJz
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) January 27, 2019
Streetsblog, which covers walking, biking and transit in several cities, is hiring a full-time editor to run a site focusing on Massachusetts. Among the requirements:
Research and write enterprise pieces about developments in transportation and planning policy happening around the metro Boston area and elsewhere in Massachusetts
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