The Weekender: 88NOWA Hotel, Affordable Housing, “High Tide” Exhibit, and More!

Crazy week? No worries, catch up here with this weekly roundup of top stories that we compiled into one convenient post! 

Top 5 Posts of the Week:

Hoverboard Fire on Hanover Street

Last Sunday evening, a fire broke out at 406 Hanover Street when a hoverboard spontaneously combusted. Luckily Boston Fire was quick to respond and knocked down the fire, but not before the blaze caused damages in excess of $100,000, read the post.

Photo by Matt Conti
The Greenway’s newest art exhibit, photo by Matt Conti.

“High Tide” Comes to Cross Street Through Greenway’s Public Art Exhibit

High Tide, the new art exhibit by Carolina Aragón consists of over roughly 500 six to eight-foot-tall fiberglass rods embedded in the lawn area at North Street, across from the Greenway’s North End Parks. Lasting through the fall of 2016, the exhibit uses fiberglass rods, stainless steel connectors and dichroic plexiglass, view the post for more on the new exhibit.

Downtown View: Chain Store Sorrows

Are local businesses or chain stores better for Boston neighborhoods and shopping attractions like Faneuil Hall Marketplace? With two San Francisco chain stores opening on Charles Street, and the thought of Starbucks overwhelming locally-owned Italian-style coffee shops in the North End, view the article to examine why this concern, “isn’t just nostalgia.”

Supporting Affordable Housing in the North End

With the demise of rent control in the 1990s, Maria Stella Gulla has seen hundreds of elderly evictions through her years as Director of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).  This letter is to support affordable housing in the North End, where many people she grew up with now struggle to stay in the neighborhood that they have called home for their entire lives, read the complete letter.

The hotel proposal 88NOWA
View renderings of the “88NOWA” hotel proposal.

Opposition Voiced Against 88NOWA Hotel Proposed in Bulfinch Triangle

There was a strong opposition to the proposed “skinny hotel” project in the West End’s Bulfinch Triangle, adjacent to the North End. The proposal calls for a 39,999 gross square foot structure with a 13 level, 74 key hotel on the 2,159 sf parcel. Residents living in the direct area of the parcel expressed major concerns that the height exceeds zoning of 100 feet in the Bulfinch Triangle, view the post for more on the meeting.

Editor’s Extra:

Playground at Christopher Columbus Park Ready for the Season

Despite some chilly weather, families still made it out to the tot lot at Christopher Columbus Park for the annual playground celebration. In addition to the craft table, stories were read to the kids, and a Boston Fire truck was on hand, view the post.