Weekly Top Reads: Flooding Hearing, Short-Term Rentals, Hub on Causeway, Greenway Gardens, Lenny the Clam & the Last West End Resident

This week’s top posts on featured city planning, development, reconstructed gardens, historical tales and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.

Hearing on Flooding Brings Together City Groups to Discuss Strategies & Solutions

On Monday, Boston City Councilor At-Large and Chair of the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation Michelle Wu held a hearing on flooding in Boston, focusing on strategies and solutions to combat more frequent and more intense flooding across the city due to climate change and sea level rise. Read more and see photos from recent North End / Waterfront floods here.

Rep. Michlewitz: Passed House Bill on Short-Term Rentals (AirBnb) Brings Safety, Transparency and Revenue

Last week, Boston City Council sent a letter regarding short-term rentals to the Massachusetts House asking the House to preserve local control as the council continues to debate legislation. The House did pass a new tax on short-term rentals on Thursday that gives towns and cities the ability to enact further restrictions. Read more from the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Michlewitz here.

The Hub on Causeway Phase III Project Change – Increased Office Tower Height and Floor Plates

On Monday, The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) held a meeting to discuss proposed changes to the office tower at the Hub on Causeway. The two key changes to the project would be an increase of the office tower height from 480 feet to 495 feet, and an increase in the floor plate size for the mid-rise portion of the tower. Read more and see renderings here.

Construction Begins for Carolyn Lynch Garden in North End Parks on the Greenway

With funding from The Lynch Foundation, reconstruction has begun for new four-season gardens on the south side of Hanover Street (also known as Parcel 10), across from the Haymarket Hotel site. Read more here.

Life on the Corner: Lenny the Clam

Lifelong North Ender and columnist Nicholas Dello Russo shares a unique and somewhat terrifying story of his encounters with a fellow called “Lenny Quahog” or “Lenny the Clam”. Read the whole story here.

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West End’s “Last Resident” Is Irish Heritage Month Honoree

On Tuesday, The West End Museum celebrated Elizabeth Kearney Blood as part of its annual Irish Heritage Night. Elizabeth is famous for refusing to leave the West End in 1960 as the buildings around her were being demolished. Read more here.