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Notable News: Pope Visit, Buzz Off BRA, Sandwich-Board Regulations, Expanding Free Wi-Fi, Uber/Lyft Hearing!

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Photo Courtesy of Christopher Rice
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Rice, featured in Boston Magazine

North End to Boston Redevelopment Authority: Buzz Off

The latest North End/Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) meeting resulted in a unanimous, 26-0 vote against the BRA’s move to once again renew the urban renewal designation on the North End. NEWRA President Ford Cavallari stated that there was once a time when the North End’s waterfront needed urban renewal, but that time has “come and gone.” Read the article at, Boston Magazine.

When a new pope came to a city in need of saving

With the upcoming visit of Pope Francis looming around Boston, many remember Pope John Paul II’s visit to Boston in 1979, where he drove through the North End to find a crowd of 60,000 people packing Hanover Street and chanting “Viva il Papa!” continue reading the story at, The Boston Globe.

Free Wi-Fi is expanding in Boston

Free wireless internet is growing in Boston and Mayor Marty Walsh just announced that the city of Boston’s free public Wi-Fi network, Wicked Free Wi-Fi will be expanding as well. The availability and quality of free wireless internet will also be ungraded along the Rose Kennedy Greenway through a partnership with several private companies hoping to provide users with faster connections and better coverage, read more at the Boston Business Journal.

Proposals to regulate Sandwich board's are set to hit the city council, photo courtesy of UniversalHub.
Proposals to regulate sandwich board’s are set to hit the city council, photo courtesy of UniversalHub.

Mayor would establish citywide standards for sandwich-board signs

Although Mayor Walsh supports sandwich boards and believes they are “significant marketing tools for small and local businesses,” he also believes that they should meet certain specifications. The Mayor’s proposal was to restrict the size of the signs to no more than 24×36 inches and insist that they do not block pedestrians on the sidewalks. Read the article at, UniversalHub.

Beacon Hill debates ride-hailing bills – here’s what you should know

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz lead the highly contested hearing on four bills regarding regulation on companies like Uber and Lyft. The regulation is aimed to ensure safety and fairness, with the legislation hoping to establish insurance standards, background checks, accessibility for handicapped passengers, and other issues. Read the article in full at Beta Boston.

The Greenway mural is getting a colorful revamp

The mural at Dewey Square in Bostons’s Rose Kennedy Greenway is being repainted in hopes of “showing artists outside of a museum wall space, in a free public environment.” The new piece is by a New York artist and is called, “a Translation from One Language to Another.” An unveiling party is planned for September 24th, read more at,

36 Hours in Boston

Speaking about everything across the city, from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Fenway Park, from the Boston Massacre site to the “the Paul Revere House in the traditionally Italian-American enclave of the North End.” Watch a video of everything Boston, courtesy of The New York Times.

North End Artist Giovanni DeCunto – Because Art Is Everything

Read about artist Giovanni DeCunto, based out of his studio in Boston’s North End, who believes that art is a compilation of everything, “culture, innovators, and world issues.” Read the article at The Huffington post.

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