Mayor Menino’s battle with cancer ended today according to the Boston Globe. Mayor Tom Menino was Boston’s longest serving Mayor, first taking office back in 1993 and leaving office last year due to his illness. Over that time he helped transform Boston into a more progressive and open city that welcomed everyone; including the LGBT community. He is missed.
More here on Boston.com.
While there doesn’t appear to be any shortage of real estate websites talking about the many residential projects underway in Boston, this chart by Jumpshell makes me wonder if we are developing a city anyone will like in the future. Part of any city’s appeal is its vibrancy and diversity. If every building is “luxury apartments” then perhaps we should just decide to create a “luxury city” and kick out anyone who doesn’t fit the right socio-economic-status.
I don’t mean to infer that I’m opposed to these projects nor do I mean to infer that the city isn’t trying to make Boston a home for everyone. My friend Julian just today Tweeted out an article in The Atlantic Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities; clearly Boston isn’t alone with this troubling trend. For more detail about Boston’s skyrocketing rent explore Jumpshell’s infographic to see median rent prices for studios, 1-4 BR apartments as well as the average rent per person by linking here.
On Sunday, November 2nd the Boston Athenaeum will host an open house that allows the public to come in and visit all twelve stories of this beautiful building; including the fifth floor reading room – only accessible to members.
No plans Sunday, November 2nd? Head over to Beacon Hill when the Boston Athenaeum will be flinging open their leather -bound doors to the public.
Boston Athenaeum Open House Noon – 4pm at 10 1/2 Beacon Street
Tonight Herbie Hancock kicks off the 2014 Boston Book Festival with his Memoir Keynote and on Friday evening Susan Minot gives the Fiction Keynote. On Saturday the 2014 BBF starts in earnest with programs through out the weekend.
Peruse the full calendar of events for Saturday and Sunday which are mostly free and open to the public: 2014 BBF Calendar of Events.
The Boston Book Festival takes place next weekend October 23 – 25 in Copley Square and through out much of the Back Bay. I believe this marks the 6th annual book festival which has grown significantly and last year attracted more than 25,000 people.
The weekend event combines a street festival with an array of authors and other literary presenters from here and around the world. Daytime events at the Boston Book Festival are free and there are some lectures and other evening events that are offered for a modest fee. If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out. More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.
I’ll be the first to admit that I did not follow nor did I even vote for Mayor in the last election, but Mayor Walsh has really impressed me with his zeal and energy. As much as I love Mayor Menino, Marty Walsh’s vision for Boston really excites me. I agree with his call to invest in a long-term cultural planning process for the city of Boston and hiring a chief of arts and culture to help make that happen.
This past Sunday The Boston Globe had an excellent article Sketching an arts-centric future for Boston by Joel Brown, detailing some of the plans and investment the city of Boston is making to elevate and champion a cultural strategy intended to make our city stand out with major cities. A 15-member steering committee is currently working to help make this happen. For all you cultcha vultchas out there, this is exciting news.
The city of Boston wants to hear about what you think of the city’s taxi service and popular ride sourcing services like Uber and Lyft. Last week Mayor Walsh announced he was creating a “Taxi Advisory Committee” that would comprise a group of over twenty individuals who would be charged with analyzing, assessing, and adjusting the City of Boston’s current rules, regulations and policies related to transportation-for-hire services.
Tell the Mayor what you think: Taxi Advisory Committee Survey
The Committee will seek suggestions from the taxi industry, stakeholder groups, and members of the public to develop a new policy on how the City operates with a diverse and innovative for-hire transportation economy. Click on the link above to take the 2-minute survey and voice your opinions on taxi service in Boston and current ride sourcing alternatives like Uber and Lyft.