According to Adam’s blog, Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog, The Boston Globe Travel Show is scheduled for this weekend. Want to get out of town but can’t afford to get away? Maybe you’d like to visit the show and see what travel deals are available?
Boston Globe Travel Show February 6 – 8, 2015
The show officially opens to the public on Friday at 5:30 and runs through Sunday, February 8th at 4:00 pm. Travel show tickets are $10 if purchased online and $15 if purchased at the door. More details about the show can be found here.
Eat your heart out local television broadcasters. Sergio stepped out today to check out the neighborhood. While this may not be as large a storm as initially predicted it is still packing quite a punch. Below are images Sergio snapped earlier today.
View of Washington & Waltham Street in the South End, Boston
View of Tremont & Clarendon Street in the South End, Boston
View of Union Park from Tremont Street in the South End Boston
View of Shawmut Street and Union Park in the South End Boston
View of Waltham Street in the South End, Boston
BostInno reported Friday that Mayor Walsh included in his City of Boston State Legislative Agenda for 2015-2016 the bill, SD40, An Act Modernizing the Business Licensing Process. The bill outlines a number of measures to spur further economic development but perhaps the most important part is the provision that would allow restaurants and bars to remain open past 2 a.m.
The legislation could have a big impact on the city of Boston and not just with extending bar closing hours. There remain a lot of idiotic city licenses that cost new businesses time and money and do little to help the public good. Some of those include eliminating the need for pool halls and bowling alleys to get special licenses. I am happy to read that Mayor Walsh remains committed to this idea of extending business hours and streamlining the licensing process.
Earlier this year the city of Boston announced limited regulations for car sharing services like Uber and Lyft that operate in and around the city. According to an article in the Boston Herald the city is now setting its sights on Airbnb, scheduling a public hearing on January 26th to help determine what, if any, regulations are needed for the booming short-term rental service.
With news of the US Olympic Committee’s selection of Boston as the US host city for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, short-term rental services / room sharing services like Airbnb will play a crucial role. However, the loss of revenue hotel chains bemoan may play a bigger role since everyone knows money talks and national hotel chains have been highly critical of companies like Airbnb.
Hopefully the discourse on January 26th won’t lead to discord. It would be good to have some basic regulations in the form of consumer protections like the city announced for car sharing services but the focus would be on the words “basic regulations”. You can read the full article in the Herald here.
In case you happened to miss Mayor Walsh announcement earlier this week, the City of Boston is implementing new technology that will allow you to pay for parking without having to run out to feed parking meters if you have the new ParkBoston app.
Parts of the Back Bay will be the first to accept payments by phone with the rest of the city phased in over the coming months following this week’s launch. You can create an account if interested by downloading the app for free from the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store or by visiting park.boston.gov.
The recent decision of the US Olympic Committee to select Boston as America’s host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics bid has a lot of Bostonians in a tizzy.
Unlike a lot of people who are critical of the city’s bid, I’ve actually lived in a city that prepared for Summer Olympics and experienced that city’s Olympic games. I understand that the process up until now has bypassed many of the citizens who call Boston home and there is concern our money could be put to better use. However, I see this as an amazing opportunity and therein lies my beef with Bostonians who have already decided this is somehow a terrible fate.
First, there is no guarantee that Boston will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, but by being the US Olympic Committee’s host city, we get quite a bit of attention and we can start to think and imagine what those games might look like and the infrastructure that we would need to have in place. By infrastructure, I mean the investments that will need to be made in our roads, public transportation, airport, additional hotel space, etc…, which benefit us all long after the summer games.
Additionally the Olympic Games will spur the city and region into action and that can potentially benefit all of us far beyond 2024. I recognize pitfalls have bedeviled many host cities but those failures offer us lessons in what not do just as past successes in cities like Barcelona, Atlanta and London offer insights into what does work.
Let’s focus on how we can make this an opportunity that helps bring more tourists, conventions, businesses and people to Boston. The Olympic Games remains an amazing opportunity and spotlight for Boston. How we leverage that opportunity will ultimately decide if Boston 2024 is good or bad for the city.
My two cents.
According to 2013 population figures from the Federal government, Boston is the 24th largest city in the United States. However, according to a recent article published in The Boston Globe, our city is the nation’s 7th most valuable real estate market.
The Zillow Home Value Index, a blend of property assessments by local officials and market prices, pegs the median home value for the Boston area at $364,900. If you are looking to buy a home or struggling to afford your rent take heart because the same article in The Boston Globe pointed out that the pace of rising prices appears to be slowing down after a banner year in 2013 and inventory is rising.