Downtown View:What is Best for Us, Not Tsarnaev

April 15, 2015
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We’ve had the trial even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he was guilty on the first day. This trial was important to endure. If we hadn’t had it, the conspiracy theorists would crawl out, accusing the police of cover-ups. The Fox-TV screamers would be concocting stories about how it was all Obama’s fault. The...

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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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Police Briefs 03/31/2015

April 1, 2015
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March 9 272 Marlborough St. – Larceny, Non-Accessory from Vehicle, $200 & Over   March 10 700 Boylston St. – Larceny, Other, Under $50 2 Newbury St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 760 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 46 Gloucester St....

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A Challenging Winter, A Strong City

April 1, 2015
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With the cycle of what seemed like never-ending snowstorms, this winter has tested me as a Mayor, and Boston as a community. I’ve been struck by how Bostonians have pulled together throughout this record-breaking season of storms, which surpassed the 1995-1996 figure with a current total of 108.6 inches this winter. Tackling these storms...

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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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Police Briefs 03-17-2015

March 17, 2015
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Feb. 23 61 Exeter St. – Investigate Person 29 Gloucester St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 165 Beacon St.  – Vandalism 800 Boylston St. – Vandalism 131 Marlborough St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 44 Gainsborough St. – Larceny in a Building, $50 to $199 138 St. James Ave. – Larceny in a Building, $200 &...

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Okay Enough, We Set a New Record

March 17, 2015
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Sunday night’s snowfall was enough to set a new record for snow accumulation in Boston in a single season. This winter will be something to tell our grandchildren as we will recount the bitter cold for days on end, the constant snow shoveling, the bags of rock salt that we bought to keep our...

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Electricity Rates Just Keep Going up for Boston Users

March 4, 2015
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Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Court Tennis Was in Session at TRC

March 4, 2015
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There were no signs of Federer or Djokovic but the best tennis players in the world gathered for the U.S. Open in Boston last week. Actually it was the United States Court Tennis Open Championships that was contested at the venerable Tennis and Racquet Club (TRC) on Boylston Street. In a well-played championship singles...

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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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Don’t Be Fooled

February 18, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should Be Passed

February 9, 2015
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Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who represents parts of Beacon Hill, has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s hotel tax. The bill...

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More Water and Sewer Savings For Seniors and Disabled People

February 9, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement that Boston Water and Sewer Commission will increase water service discounts for all senior citizens and disabled homeowners to 30 percent has been praised by many. It was an important decision that results in savings for low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who certainly can use the money that...

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Downtown View: More Stupid Stuff

February 9, 2015
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Sometimes as a community we don’t think before we act even though we spend lots of time in the thinking stage. Casinos are one example. This is not a column opposing casinos. Their benefits are probably over-rated, and so are their drawbacks. Everett was chosen over Revere for the casino in the Boston area....

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Police Briefs 01-20-2015

January 22, 2015
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Dec. 29 Commonwealth Avenue  – Towed Motor Vehicle 414 Boylston St. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 267 Commonwealth Ave. – Towed Motor Vehicle 53 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, Under $50 253 Beacon St. – Death Investigation 100 Huntington Ave. – Sick/Injured/Medical – Person 251 Beacon St. – Larceny, Other, $200 & Over...

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Education Is Walsh’s Top Priority

January 22, 2015
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Listening to the Mayor Martin Walsh’s State of the City address last Tuesday night, one had to be struck by his emphasis on education for Boston Public School students. More than a quarter of his address was devoted to initiatives that he has committed city resources and his time and effort to. A longer...

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Downtown View:The Calm Month

January 22, 2015
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Lots of people complain about January. It is dark. It is cold. It’s a day longer than some months. The hoopla about the holidays is over. Thank goodness. That is the beauty of January. It is not like autumn, the season in which everyone and every organization are trying to crowd in every event...

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The Ever Changing New Boston

January 22, 2015
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Boston, today, is seen as one of America’s best cities. But this latest incarnation of what John Winthrop called the “City on a Hill” is a fairly recent one. The “New Boston” only came into being in the second half of the twentieth century. The “Old Boston” was described as a “hopeless backwater” and...

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Police Briefs 01-06-2015

January 8, 2015
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Dec. 15 56 Clarendon St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 100 Huntington Ave. – Larceny, Shoplifting, $200 & Over 326 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 247 Newbury St. – Larceny in a Building, Under $50 88 Newbury St. – Towed Motor Vehicle 131 Dartmouth St. – Larceny, Motor Vehicle Plates  ...

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Mayor Walsh Names Brian Golden as Permanent Director of the BRA

January 8, 2015
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Brian Golden was recently named permanent director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC). Having served as acting director since last January, Golden will continue to lead the efforts to reform and modernize the agency, which has already undergone a significant transformation in the last 11 months. He has...

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Disruption or Conseqences?

January 8, 2015
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Disruption was 2014’s trendy cliché. A new idea comes along and, poof, out with the old. Business school types are enthralled. New technology and new ideas are part of the disruption. But some businesses and industries are vulnerable, sometimes because they haven’t taken certain developments into account. Take coal. It is hard to listen...

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