Government Health & Environment Police & Fire

New City Task Force to Address Illegal Fireworks

The City of Boston has announced a new task force to address the increase of illegal fireworks in Boston’s neighborhoods. While there have always been some illegal fireworks leading up to the Fourth of July, this year has been worse than usual. Fireworks calls to the Boston Police Department were up by a factor of Read More…

Community Featured Government Meetings

Neighborhood Will Decide on Columbus Statue, Say Walsh and Michlewitz; Talk Outdoor Tables, Feasts, Pool, Voting at Residents Meeting [Video]

NEWRA MEETING VIDEO Click/tap here to view the video of Mayor Mayor Marty Walsh and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, as well as the entire North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting. Use the password: 7Z!+uG8. (including the period) Following a brief COVID-19 update, Boston Mayor Walsh and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz weighed in on Read More…

Featured Transportation

Debut of Northern Avenue Bridge Design Creates Debate Over Costs, Vision Zero Goals

City officials and project leaders recently presented their latest plans for the Northern Avenue Bridge Project with a design that takes a “people-first approach.” Comprised of two spans referred to as ribbons flanking a decorative truss, one span is exclusively reserved for pedestrians (facing the Harbor/Rowes Wharf) while the other consolidates a single lane designated Read More…

Featured Food & Drink Government

Restaurants: Proposed New Liquor Licenses “Slap in the Face” During Pandemic

This week’s Boston City Council hearing on adding 150 non-transferable liquor licenses for underserved neighborhoods became heated as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could put many existing alcohol licenses on the secondary market from many restaurants expected to go out of business. With all Massachusetts restaurants and bars ordered closed for on-site service as of March 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…

Community Featured Real Estate Transportation

South Station Air Rights Project Open House Unveils Plans

With the multi-phase South Station Air Rights Project set to begin construction later this month, members of the project team held an Open House in the Fort Point Room of the BSA Space for the purposes of public engagement. The project, which is a collaboration between the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), Hines (developer) Read More…

Arts & Culture

Celebrating What Unites Us, the Latin America Edition

The September edition of Celebrating What Unites Us focused on Latin America and featured guest speaker Jose Jesus-Garcia Mota, the Latino Liaison from the Mayor’s Office Of Neighborhood Services. Mota spoke about his immigrant journey from Mexico City to the United States. Arriving in Boston in 2009, he first served at the Consulate General of Read More…

Community

9/11 Commemorations Honor the Fallen, Provide Healing and Hope

Tuesday marked the 18th anniversary of 9/11, one of our nation’s greatest tragedies. All throughout the City of Boston, commemorations were held to pay respect to the deceased, to help those heal who still grieve, and to provide citizens with the opportunity to remember, reflect, and come together as a community. At 8:30 a.m., crowds Read More…

Community

9/11 Service Project Provides a Path to Pay it Forward as We Remember

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF), in partnership with Project 351 and The New England Center and Home for Veterans, held a service project at the Mother’s Walk on The Rose Kennedy Greenway on Tuesday, September 11th. The project brought together volunteers from many businesses and organizations throughout the Commonwealth. Activities included assembling care packages Read More…

Featured Health & Environment Meetings

Recreational Marijuana Sales Proposed at Downtown Boston Milk Street Site

Patriot Care, the cannabis dispensary on 21 Milk St., made their case this week to add recreational adult-use sales to their existing medical-use license. The company has been operating in downtown Boston for three years, along with two other locations in Lowell and Greenfield, Massachusetts. City officials hosted a well-attended community outreach meeting on the Read More…

Featured Government

City and Airbnb Settle Suit on Regulations for Registry; Affirms Owner Occupancy Rule

Under a settlement agreement reached between Airbnb and the City of Boston this week, Airbnb will facilitate the City’s short-term rental registration system and remove listings for illegal short-term rentals from its website. The settlement affirms Boston’s ban on short-term rentals from non-owner occupied buildings, eliminating investor units and absentee Airbnb landlords. Owner-occupants may continue to Read More…

Community

Tips and Tricks for Surviving Boston Move Week in the North End / Waterfront

September 1 is fast approaching and with it, the flip of 75% of Boston’s rental leases. Combine this with tens of thousands of college students returning to the city for the new school year, and you’ve got moving chaos. Don’t fret! Whether you’re moving in or out of the neighborhood, or are a continuing resident Read More…