Health & Environment

Flu Epidemic Declared in City of Boston

News from City Hall on the worsening flu epidemic in Boston:   Mayor Menino Declares Public Health Emergency as Flu Epidemic Worsens Mayor Thomas M. Menino this morning declared a public health emergency in Boston as the latest reports show an increasingly severe flu season. Since October 1, the unofficial start of the flu season, Read More…

Real Estate

Converse and City of Boston Announce Lovejoy Wharf Redevelopment for Sneaker Company’s Headquarters

Readers of have been keeping up with the Lovejoy Wharf mixed-use development where Converse, a subsidiary of Nike, will make their new headquarters. Today, the City of Boston held a press event to make it official and provide some additional details. The redevelopment will include a $15 million investment by the developer for public Read More…

Health & Environment Police & Fire Transportation

Snow Emergency / Parking Ban Lifted Sunday, Dec. 30th, 9:00 AM

The City of Boston has lifted its snow emergency and parking ban as of 9:00 am on Sunday, December 30, 2012. The parking ban went into effect 12 hours earlier at 9:00 pm on Saturday night. Vehicles in alternate lots should be moved within two hours to receive the discounted rate. Resident and visitor parking Read More…

Health & Environment Police & Fire Transportation

Boston Snow Emergency / Parking Ban Effective Saturday 12/29/12 at 9:00 PM

The City of Boston declared a snow emergency and parking ban effective at 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 29, 2012. An estimated 6-8″ of accumulation is expected in Boston, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS has also issued a Strong Wind Advisory for Sunday, 12/29/12 with gusts up to 50 MPH. Parking is Read More…

Government Police & Fire

Boston Winter Weather Advisory for December 29-30, 2012

The City of Boston has issued this season’s first Winter Weather Advisory for this weekend: Mayor Menino is reminding residents to be mindful this weekend as the region’s first winter weather event approaches. The storm is expected to result in up to 6 inches of snow in Boston, beginning around noon on Saturday and continuing Read More…

Government Real Estate

City Hikes Property Tax Rate by 11.8%

The City of Boston has announced a property tax rate increase for fiscal 2010 with the residential rate going up by 11.8% and the commercial rate up by 8.4%. The tax rate is one of the two factors that will result in total property tax bills. The second factor is the property’s assessed value, which is surveyed every three years. Residents should have received a recent notice of the change in their assessment. Overall, the City’s assessed values went down by 3.5% although certain areas have increased. Anecdotal reports show a mix of increases and decreases in the North End/Waterfront area, although several properties on the waterfront saw their assessments go up substantially.

The rate will increase from $10.63 per $1,000 in assessed value to $11.88. The commercial rate for businesses will also increase from $27.11 per $1,000 of assessed value to $29.38.

The City blamed the increase mostly on a decrease in State aid and said the rate is the first increase in three years. The increase will increase the total tax by $65 million to $1.465 billion. Bills will be sent out in a few weeks with a due date of February 1, 2010.

Below is the press release from the City.

Health & Environment

Fallout from City Council Rat Hearing

Excerpts from the Boston Globe’s coverage of yesterday’s City Council hearing on the rodent problem with a focus on the North End area. “Rats are wreaking havoc in the North End, burrowing through walls, gnawing through wires, and feasting on the neighborhood’s surfeit of discarded pizza boxes and restaurant garbage, aggrieved residents and the neighborhood’s Read More…

Business Health & Environment

City Rolls Out Citizens Connect iPhone App

The Citizens Connect iPhone app is part of Mayor Menino’s and the City of Boston’s strategy for Citizen-to-City transactions called Citizens Connect. The iPhone App provides a lightweight interface into the City of Boston’s Constituent Relationship Management System (CRM). The intention is to help constituents easily report a variety of different service requests including: Graffiti Read More…

Health & Environment

City’s Street Improvement Team Coming to North End on Thursday, October 1st

**NOTE: THERE IS A CHANGE IN DATE AND LOCATION. THE UPDATED INFORMATION IS SHOWN BELOW.** From the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services: The City’s Street Improvement Team is coming to the North End on Thursday, October 1st. They will be in the neighborhood between 9am-1pm on Cross St between Hanover and North Streets (closer to Read More…

Health & Environment

“Street Improvement Team” Hits the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood on October 1st

The City’s “Street Improvement Team” is like a swat team that each Saturday attacks a different neighborhood and fixes all the little things, making the place look a bit better. They will bring the labor and materials to the North End/Waterfront on Saturday, October 17th. (Ed: You have to love election years!)

Have a fix-up suggestion for the team? Email to get your request on the list.

Below is the text from the City’s press release.

Business Police & Fire

City Looking for North End Residents to Test its New iPhone Application to Report Problems

The City of Boston is inviting North End residents to be beta testers for its new iPhone application. Called Citizens Connect, the app will allow residents to take pictures of neighborhood problems and send them direct to City Hall for resolution. (Yes, I have already signed up.) Here is the information: Dear North End residents, Read More…