Community Featured Transportation

Reader Poll: How is Neighborhood Parking Going?

Resident parking has always been a challenge in the North End / Waterfront neighborhood. When the statewide shutdown due the Coronavirus pandemic began back in March, tickets and towing for street sweeping was paused, allowing residents who were no longer commuting to work daily to leave their cars in their parking spots. Many other individuals Read More…

Featured Transportation

Free Parking for Hanover and Salem St. Residents Impacted by New Cafe Zones

Residents who have been impacted due to the loss of parking from the temporary extension of licensed premise onto outdoor space, also known as Cafe Seating / Cafe Zones are eligible for a free parking space at the Government Center Garage. In order to receive a free parking space, residents must have a valid residential Read More…

Community Featured Health & Environment

What’s the 311? Resident Parking Concerns, Two Needles Found on Commercial St., Sept. 1 Moving Questions

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. North End Resident Parking Access Concerns This 311 user says, “With the recent restaurant patio openings on Hanover St and Salem St in the North End, 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 Food & Drink Transportation

Cafe Zones Start June 11th Expanding Outdoor Tables to City Streets

City officials have installed “Cafe Zone Starting June 11” signs in front of many restaurants in the North End and downtown Boston neighborhoods this week. Over 500 restaurants filed applications citywide and 200 have been approved so far to place tables in the parking and street areas. Outdoor dining started on June 8th with existing Read More…

Announcements Community Featured Transportation

Commentary: Foster St. Playground Status Update

The Foster Street Playground was recently featured in a recent 311 report and I fell compelled to share some insights and history. My parents and I have attempted to address the abandonment of this city playground for many years to no avail. Our property abuts the playground; our kitchen windows look directly out on to Read More…

Featured Government Transportation

Income-Adjusted Parking Ticket Fines Proposed By City Councilor Mejia

At-large City Councilor Julia Mejia introduced a proposal for income-adjusted fines for parking violations at a recent Boston City Council meeting. According to Mejia, parking tickets should be reflective of Boston residents’ financial situations. She believes that residents shouldn’t be placed in a position where they’re forced to choose between paying parking tickets or putting Read More…

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Reader Poll: Park or Parking?

The Trustees of Reservations recently presented at both the North End / Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) and North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on ideas to turn the current parking lot at Sargent’s Wharf into open space. The Trustees’ Boston Waterfront Initiative One Waterfront proposes the idea of converting Sargent’s Wharf into a public Read More…

Announcements Transportation

Haymarket Garage Reopens

The Haymarket Garage located between Hanover Street and New Sudbury Street has reopened for public use. The garage entrance is located at 136 Blackstone Street. The garage had been closed since September 29, 2019 to facilitate needed construction operations including waterproofing of the facility and upgrading the two elevators that service the garage. Those parking Read More…

Featured Government Real Estate Transportation

Court Hears Arguments for Parking Rights at Commercial Wharf

Judge Linda Giles described the case as “important, complex” and even “fascinating” in a July 23rd hearing at Superior Court. Who knew a parking dispute could be so intriguing? But then, this involves Commercial Wharf, one of the most litigated properties in downtown Boston through a series of cases ongoing for more than 30 years. Read More…

Featured Government Transportation

Council Wants to Look Into Parking Reform for the Whole City

The Boston City Council was back to talking about parking remedies during this week’s regular city council meeting. Councilors Lydia Edwards, Annissa Essaibi-George and Andrea Campbell called for a future hearing regarding citywide parking reform throughout all of Boston. “We need to look at every single tool in the toolbox when it comes to parking,” Read More…

Community Featured Transportation

Reader Poll: Would a Pay-for-Permit Structure Change the Way You Park?

Boston City Council is considering charging a fee for residential parking in Boston’s neighborhoods. Councilor Michelle Wu suggested a $25 annual fee for a parking sticker. If a household were to get more than one permit, each one would double in price, meaning a second one would cost $50 and so on. Would this fee Read More…