Community Daily Briefs

Notable News: BRA Makeover, Venus Rendering, Hub Plaza, Parking Fines, Govt Center T Opens!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! What an action-packed week for news around the North End / Waterfront.

BRA to hire outside help to craft a zippier brand identity

The Boston Redevelopment Authority is trying to clean up its image that has been built up (or down) over the past 60 years. Hoping to bring “an organizational identity and brand strategy” that’s more in line with a friendlier image. Read the article at Universal Hub.

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The housing value in Boston is evaluated at, Boston Curbed.

Boston Price Comparison: What $650,000 Buys Around the City

Taking in several Boston neighborhoods to find what $650,000 can get you in housing in March of 2016. Starting from a 2 bedroom condo in the North End with exposed beam and brick, to a 1,067 square foot duplex in Fenway, before heading to Charlestown and the South End, Boston Curbed has more on the “bang for your buck.”

As You Were Saying . . . Bring city life back to Hub plaza

Plans for the makeover of City Hall Plaza include a ferris wheel, urban beach, an oversized sign emblazoned with the word Boston, ice skating facilities, and concession stands, to name a few. With this “bid to enhance the barren public space,” are we missing out on an even greater opportunity? Read the article at, The Boston Herald.

100 Wonders: The Great Boston Molasses Flood

The Great Molasses Flood marked one of the “strangest disasters in history,” as waves of molasses trekked down Commercial Street in 1919. Watch the video to hear the details, courtesy of Atlas Obscura.

City looks to more than double fines for parking in the way of street sweepers, stop towing cars

Charlestown was the scene for the pilot program that significantly increased the fine for curbside parking on street-sweeping days, rather than towing the cars. The pilot program has been underway since 2015, read the article at UniversalHub.

The Boston Globe
The new MBTA station is officially open, read about the grand opening at, The Boston Globe.

Government Center shines as it opens again

After two years of construction, the MBTA opened the new and improved Government Center station, on time. To help ring in the reopening, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh were on hand checking Charlie Cards, continue reading at, The Boston Globe.

Time to Get Your Dog a License

With a tight April 1st deadline, it is the time of year again to get your dog license renewed in Massachusetts. BostonZest has more information on how to apply and locations for low-cost clinics.

How urban renewal drives Boston’s 21st century feel

Whether it is the West End neighborhood or the Big Dig, Boston residents are not always on board with Boston’s vision for urban renewal. Yet it was projects like these that made Boston what it is today, which included the making of the North End parks along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, continue reading at New Boston Post.

Northern Avenue Bridge Suspended Between Demolition And Restoration

The Northern Avenue Bridge has been a part of the Seaport District since 1908, but has been blocked off to pedestrians since 2014. The bridge is city-owned and is rusty from neglect, but many Boston residents are not ready to part ways with the structure, listen to the segment on wbur.

Could you imagine this building being added to the Boston skyline? Read the article at UniversalHub,
Could you imagine this building being added to the Boston skyline? Read the article at UniversalHub.

Instead of a Colossus, we could build a Venus

The waterfront of Boston has seen many development proposals over the past couple of decades, but none quite like this proposal from Vasily Klyukin, a Russian financier. UniversalHub has more on this “unusual skyscraper.”

Unique partnership brings public art to Boston’s two most visited districts

A dynamic contemporary public art installation is coming to Boston at the direction of a partnership between development firm Samuels & Associates, arts organization GT Public, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. has more on the planned installation of the portable inflatable “truth booth.”

These are the most popular Boston brunch spots right now

According to data from the check-in app Swarm, these top spots for breakfast span the entire city, from Back Bay to the North End. With the South End having a few of the top five spots, The Thinking Cup on Hanover Street made the list, read the article at

Crowd scores big on style at Bruins Foundation fund-raiser

This Fashion event held for charity brought Boston celebs from all walks of the city. The North End was well represented with Rebecca Seidenberg, the North End resident and wife of Bruins Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg,  The Boston Globe has more coverage on the event.