Business Commentaries Real Estate

Neighborhood Supermarket’s 10th Anniversary: Here’s to the BRA in Action

Raise a glass to the 10th anniversary of a proposed supermarket for the North and West Ends. Here, below,  from my old files, is a letter describing the need for an “affordable ” and “easily-accessible” supermarket. It was sent May 17, 2001, by Boston City Councillor At-Large Francis “Mickey” Roache to the BRA — with a copy Read More…

Commentaries Transportation

Cab Stand Makes History; City Switch Speed Record

The brand new Cab Stand on North St., at the corner of Commercial St., is no longer a Cab Stand. In record-breaking speed by the City of Boston, it has been transformed into a marked Handicap Ramp. Readers of this blog learned the story of the space a few days ago, when a handicap ramp was Read More…

Arts & Culture Commentaries Real Estate

Guest Commentary: Room 801, Losing Sleep Over Boston’s Board of Appeals

The following is a commentary that appeared in condensed form in the January 22, 2010 edition of the Boston Business Journal. The full version is reproduced below. Room 801: Losing Sleep Over Boston’s Board of Appeals It’s a nondescript room with the ambience of a missile silo on the 8th floor of Boston City Hall. Read More…

Commentaries Police & Fire

Guest Commentary on Public Safety Meeting

I was gratified to see a standing-room-only turnout at the recent NEWNC Public Safety Committee meeting. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilman Sal LaMattina, Neighborhood Coordinator Nicole Leo and John Nucci from Suffolk University were among those who attended to engage with the neighborhood over concerns of late-night noise raised by recent Boston Globe coverage. Read More…