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Downtown View:Re-Envisioning City Hall Plaza

April 1, 2015
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Mayor Walsh has asked for help in remaking City Hall Plaza. He has resorted to Twitter to re-invent, re-imagine, re-envision #CityHallPlaza. In letters, radio commentary and Twitter, Bostonians have chimed in. Art exhibits, a baseball diamond, a roller rink, Yo-Yo Ma’s music garden idea, trees, an inexplicable suggestion for an “enhanced multimodal hub-ness”—all these...

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Keeping Boston Intersections Moving During High Traffic

April 1, 2015
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For those who think the traffic signals in Boston work in some sort of random, mechanical fashion, look up at the cameras on about every intersection – smile big – and think again. High up on the seventh floor of Boston City Hall, a well-publicized, but still mostly unknown, Traffic Management Center (TMC) monitors...

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Downtown View:Saving Space

March 17, 2015
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So far this year, Bostonians have truly weathered the storms. Most people have kept their cool and maintained their good nature. I have also detected a note of pride in our resilience and bravery in the face of unprecedented snowfalls. The T didn’t work. The city’s plows and melters had trouble keeping up. But...

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Levin,Starr to Be Honored by Tufts Medical

March 17, 2015
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Revolutionary.  Passionate.  Courageous. These are all words to describe the co-founders of Third Rock Ventures.  Kevin Starr and Mark Levin of the Back Bay will be honored by Tufts Medical Center with the Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership at the 2015 Working Wonders Gala for Tufts Medical Center. The Gala will be...

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Proposed Volleyball Stadium on Common Raises Concerns

February 18, 2015
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A plan to erect a temporary volleyball stadium on the Boston Common if the city wins its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics already has some civic leaders fearing it would greatly reduce public access to the national landmark and potentially cause long-term damage to the park. Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of the...

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Olympic Debate: City Sponsors First Meeting to Discuss Bid

February 18, 2015
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The city sponsored the first of nine public meetings at Suffolk University Law School on Wednesday to discuss its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Before more than 300 citizens, a team led by Boston 2024’s Chairman John Fish and President Richard Davey, chairman and CEO of Boston-based Suffolk Construction and the state’s former...

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Happy Holidays

December 23, 2014
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Happy Holidays

It’s the season to be grateful for all the people who volunteer their time, talent, and money to make Boston a better place. Wreaths, like this one, were created by The Garden Club of the Back Bay volunteers to raise funds for projects that keep our neighborhood green.

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Art & Science Restored

October 14, 2014
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Art & Science Restored

In the last few weeks, conservators have performed restoration work on the the sculptures of Art and Science that welcome patrons to the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Here is the revitalized Science clasping a globe in her hand.

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BBAC Agenda

October 6, 2014
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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will hold a public hearingon Wednesday, October 8 at 5:00 P.M. in Room 900 (BRA Board Room), ninth floor, Boston City Hall Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the...

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Posing with Abigail

September 20, 2014
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Posing with Abigail

Sculptor Meredith Bergmann wanted the figures on the Boston Women’s Memorial to be approachable. She succeeded. Visitors are often seen copying the poses of each of the figures as they create their Boston photo memories.

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