Commentaries Featured

Life on the Corner: Tenement Life Part 2—Gentrification

Read Part 1 of Nick Dello Russo’s “Tenement Life” here. Living in a congested neighborhood like the North End meant there were always people out in the streets and going in and out of the apartments. Families were large and people were always either leaving or returning from work. School children went home for lunch Read More…

Featured Photos & Videos

Photo Gallery: Boston’s Empty Streets During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The beginning of Spring would normally have the North End and downtown Boston streets bustling with locals and visitors taking in the season after a long Winter. As the business shutdowns and stay-at-home advisories associated with the COVID-19 outbreak have gone into effect, the streets are very quiet with very few moving vehicles, and only Read More…

Featured Government

City Council Talks Housing Security, Relief for Restaurants, Equitable COVID-19 Recovery, and Support for Veterans, Healthcare Workers

The Boston City Council had a full agenda for their second-ever virtual council meeting. Much of the conversation focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on Boston residents and workers, as well as on housing and businesses. The Council spoke about resolutions that can be enacted now, and how the city can prepare for future recovery. Read More…

Announcements

Virtual Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Robbie Goldstein, THIS THURSDAY at 7:30

Please join us this Thursday 7:30 pm for a virtual meet & greet with Robbie Goldstein, candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 8th district. Robbie is an infectious disease specialist, a primary care physician at MGH, and a bold leader whose background & policy positions are uniquely suited to the challenges facing us today: “AS A PHYSICIAN IN BOSTON, A CITY Read More…

Announcements Business

Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Boston Main Streets Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

In an effort to support the storefront small businesses across Boston’s 20 Main Street districts, the Boston Main Streets Foundation (BMSF) has established a $100,000 COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and is seeking the public’s help to double this amount through online crowdfunding donations. The Boston Main Streets Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will distribute $1,000 Read More…

Daily Briefs

Wednesday’s Brief: Architect Behind City Hall Design Passes From COVID-19, Boston Calling Canceled, Scenes From an Empty Boston

Today is Wednesday, April 1 and while it may be April Fools Day, it’s no joke that the Boston Calling Music Festival scheduled for late May has officially been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, read more on BostonCalling.com. Here’s what else you need to know for today… Tony Demarco Win World’s Welterweight Title. On Read More…

Featured Government Health & Environment

Extended Closing to May 4th for Non-Essential Businesses; Stay-at-Home Advisory Remains in Effect

State officials extended the emergency order closing of non-essential businesses through May 4th and announced several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. Hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may now only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

What’s the 311? Social Distancing Needed at RUFF Dog Park, Basketball Court Closures at Polcari Playground

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov. Social Distancing Needed at RUFF Dog Park This 311 user says, “People are bringing their dogs to the RUFF dog park in North End and not Read More…