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Mayor’s Column: Our Fall School Plans are Guided by Health, Safety, and Equity

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Boston’s families safe, healthy, and equitably supported has been our top priority. That’s why we made the tough but necessary decision to close Boston Public Schools buildings in March. In a matter of days, we began distributing Chromebooks Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Helping Small Businesses Through the Boston Reopen Fund

The Boston Reopen fund is helping small businesses open their doors while keeping our community safe. By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of the people of Boston has been my top priority. As our city and our state begin a gradual reopening process, based on Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Through Every Challenge, Boston Stands Together

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh The coronavirus is a serious public health crisis that is affecting every aspect of life in our city. I know that the changes have been disruptive, and the cancellations have been disappointing. Some working people are losing paychecks, worried about bills, and struggling with childcare. And through it all, many Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Black History Month Kicks Off “Year of Black Excellence”

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Black history is more than a month. Join our year-round celebration. February is Black History Month and, in Boston, we have a full series of events planned to celebrate the achievements of Black Bostonians—the women and men, seniors and students, veterans and clergy, business owners and activists who have been Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Celebrating Community This Holiday Season

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa, Boston! This is a special time of the year. It’s a time to spread joy, spend time with family, and show kindness and generosity to others. While people in Boston celebrate many different traditions, we are all united by a love of community, Read More…

Community Government

Mayor’s Column: The Spirit of Giving in Boston

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Happy Thanksgiving, Boston! This is a special time to show gratitude for all the things and people that make our lives full. It’s a time for surrounding ourselves with loved ones (and watching football, of course). This uniquely American tradition brings together people, families, and communities, and deepens our connections Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Mayor’s Column: Boston’s Next Steps to Address the Opioid Crisis

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh In big cities and small towns across the United States, the opioid epidemic is tearing families apart. It is inflicting incredible pain, and it will have implications for years to come. In Boston, we’ve made this issue a top priority. And now, we’re ready to take the next step with Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Boston Saves

Saving for your child’s future can be overwhelming, but Boston is here to helpBy Mayor Martin J. Walsh The start of kindergarten marks the beginning of a child’s educational future and here in Boston we believe nothing should hinder a child’s path to success. That’s why, in 2016, and in collaboration with Boston Public Schools, Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Mayor’s Column: Updates to Trash and Recycling Pickup Will Improve Efficiency & Convenience for North End Residents

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh One of the most fundamental ways we can improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods is by proactively addressing the basic needs of our residents. The men and women of our Public Works Department do a great job keeping our communities clean and in good condition for the benefit Read More…

Government

Mayor’s Column: How We’re Investing in the North End

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Every spring, we release our Capital Investment Plan which funds the critical improvements to our infrastructure and facilities in Boston over a five-year period. It is a reflection of our priorities, and is guided by the voices of over 15,000 residents who offered input for our citywide plan, Imagine Boston Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten for All

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh On April 2nd, we made a promise: in five years, Boston will achieve high-quality Universal Pre-Kindergarten for every four-year-old in the city. In the last five years, we’ve added 750 pre-K seats that are high-quality, and proven to close the achievement gap. Now, we’re going to be investing $15 million Read More…

Commentaries Government

Mayor’s Column: State of the City

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh: Earlier this month, I gave my State of the City address at Symphony Hall. It’s one of my favorite events because it’s a chance to speak directly to the people of Boston about the progress we’ve made, the challenges that remain, and where we’ll go from here. It’s also a Read More…