Category Archives: Boston

More affordable homes being built in Boston

Bartlett Place in Dudley Square

Bartlett Place in Dudley Square

Could this be the sign of a new trend in real estate development in Boston?

The Boston Herald is reporting that nearly half (46%) of all new housing that started construction in Boston (January – March) is designated as affordable housing.

According to a housing report released from the city earlier this week these properties are designed for people who make between $50,000 and $95,000; that is an increase of 26% over the same time last year.

That translates into 745 units designated as affordable housing or middle-class housing as compared to 442 high-end or “luxury” units that began during the same time period.  An example of the housing under construction is Bartlett Place in Dudley Square which is a mixed use property that will have 32 of the 60 units designated as affordable.  For more information about projects like Bartlett Place visit courbanize.com.

I hope that this is a trend that continues to help make Boston a more affordable and diverse city welcome to everyone; teachers, social works, artists, etc… as well as engineers, lawyers and doctors. You can read the full article here.

Lawn on D Season Opening party

Boston, Boston Park, Seaport Park, SouthieWith the Winter finally over Lawn on D is ramping up for their first event of the spring season later this week on Friday, May 15th.

Lawn on D in Southie

One of its features coming this spring includes a 16,900-square-foot inflatable maze designed by Architects of Air, a British firm.  Artistic director Alan Parkinson calls this particular labyrinth Pentalum, which was developed, according to the firm’s website, in 2013 as “a celebration of the beauty of geometry.”

The maze will be open from May 28 to May 31, and will cost $5 to enter.

Together Boston Festival May 10 – 17

music festival BostonTogether Boston, a festival now in its sixth year, brings together Boston’s underground music community this week.  In addition to parties you can attend demos, meetups and lectures centered around the three disciplines: music, art and technology.   The point of this festival is twofold: first to have fun and come together; second, to draw attention to the gifted and creative economy in and around Boston nightlife.

 TOGETHER BOSTON FESTIVAL LINE UP

DJ Nate Bluhm, BegbickOn Saturday check out the festival’s biggest event CONTROVERSY x TOGETHER with local DJ Begbick and Mike Q, an internationally known DJ & one of the most famous producers of Ballroom Vogue Beats. DJs Begbick and Mike Q will be joined by live performances by Phunk Phenomenon, Boston’s most acclaimed hip-hop dance crew.

 

ArtWeek Boston starts May 1st

ArtWeek BostonArtWeek Boston runs from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 10th

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, the 10-day ArtWeek extravaganza that starts next month spotlights programs like pop-up dinner theater and or entertainment, immersive workshops in unusual places, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and more. The intention is to highlight bold, creative and unique events that are unexpected.

All the fun will start at the ICA at their ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff April 30th 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  For more information about the week+ of arts programs visit their website at artweekboston.org.

 

MBTA is free today

Late night serviceLast month MBTA officials announced that passengers boarding buses and trains can ride for free.  The MBTA will leave fare gates open all day — similar to what the T does on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July — so that riders can casually walk through and board a vehicle at no cost.  This is a PR campaign meant as an apology for the delays / lack of service that caused major headaches for Bostonians this past winter. While it doesn’t make up for the issues, you may as well make use of the free rides all day today.

DTX Roche Bros Groceries opens April 29th

Boston, grocery store, roche brothersLast Monday The Boston Globe reported that Roche Bros. Supermarkets will open the doors of its new 25,000 square foot flagship grocery store in Downtown Crossing on Wednesday,  April 29. I’m just happy to see life coming back to Downtown Crossing and a viable grocery store moving into the Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

The new Roche Bros. will feature grab-and-go items as well as several hot and cold food bars on the ground floor.  A lower level, which formerly housed Filene’s Basement, will house a traditional grocery store with a bakery, deli, specialty cheeses, meats and fresh seafood.

Boston Marathon

Boston MarathonToday is Patriot’s Day, a holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, but ever since 1897, Patriot’s Day has also been race day for the Boston Marathon. This year’s marathon marks the 119th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, making it the world’s oldest annual marathon.  It is also one of my favorite days to be in Boston. Even though the weather this year is cool and rainy, I’ll be celebrating by watching the Red Sox at Fenway and cheering on the marathon runners as they come into Back Bay.

Check out Boston Magazine’s Boston Marathon Guide

My congratulations to all the runners and sincere thanks to the Boston Athletic Association, city of Boston, the volunteers and first responders who help to make this world class event such a special day to me and everyone else in the city.