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Boston: 5th worst rush hour gridlock in nation

2015 urban mobility scorecardAccording to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, travel delays due to traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel, costing on average, $960 per commuter.  I was surprised to see DC leapfrog Los Angeles to claim the dubious honor of worst commute in America. According to the rankings, Boston commuters lose 64 hours each year; 5th worst traffic in the US.

Who has the worst gridlock? Below are the 10 worst average annual traffic delays per commuter in hours for urban areas with at least 3 million people.

Washington, DC – 82 hours
Los Angeles -80 hours
San Francisco – 78 hours
New York City – 74 hours
Boston – 64 hours
Seattle – 63 hours
Chicago – 61 hours
Houston – 61 hours
Dallas – Fort Worth – 53 hours
Atlanta – 52 hours
Detroit – 52 hours
Miami – 52 hours

I’m so happy to miss out on this headache. I’ve not driven to work since 1999 and if I can help it I’ll never go back to commuting by car ever again. How do  you get to work? Do you drive to work each day?

This week in Boston, Ogunquit and Provincetown

DBar Tea dance 8.25 This week in Boston, Ogunquit and Provincetown (August 24-30)

Snow White & The 7 Drag Queens This campy show is at the Crown & Anchor for one show only, Tuesday, August 25 in Provincetown

Opus Affair Social This social group of 20 & 30-somethings meet each month for cocktails and will be at Anthem Tuesday, August 25 6-9 PM in Boston

Underwear Party Check out Club Purgatory on Thursday, Aug. 27 doors open at 9 PM / music at 10:30 PM with DJ Dave in Provincetown

Ptown Gallery Walk More than 60 galleries open their doors and welcome you to visit on Friday, August 28 in Provincetown

St. Anthony’s Feast Join more than 80,000 expected to come out to this annual North End festival Friday, August 28 – 30 in Boston

Golden Girls Live! A Drag Parody Performances run through Saturday, August 29th at Club Cafe in Boston

Mainestreet Tea Dance Show your support for the Riptide Softball fundraiser BBQ and Tea Dance on Saturday August 29 in Ogunquit

dbar Summer Sports Tea Dance Head over to Dorchester for dbar’s 5th annual Summer Sports Tea Dance Sunday, August 30 in Boston

I’ve started posting a weekly listing of upcoming activities in Boston, Ogunquit and Ptown each Monday.  If you like what you see, share this post with your friends. Send me information about upcoming programs and events in the comments section or message me the details on Facebook.

BRA green lights large affordable residential project near North Station

affordable boston apartment MeranoLast week the BRA approved a new mixed use residential project that will be one of the city’s largest entirely affordable residences.  The project formerly “The Merano” will be located across from North Station and the Garden. It will include 239 affordable rental units, a 220 room hotel and 220-space parking garage available to both tenants and hotel guests.

The developer also has promised to make a $500,000 contribution to design and build a new park with several hundred thousand dollars dedicated to other infrastructure improvements in the West End neighborhood.  While more affordable units in Boston are needed this is great news and sounds like a wonderful opportunity for the lucky few who can score an apartment.

There is no word on when construction would begin. More details here.

 

Dîner en Blanc is returning to Boston on September 10th

Source: Boston Herald, Diner en Blanc Boston 2012

Source: Boston Herald, Diner en Blanc Boston 2012

Dîner en Blanc has been a tradition in Paris since 1988, when Francois Pasquier invited a handful of friends to meet for dinner at the Bois de Boulogne and he asked them to wear white so it would be easy to identify each another.  That dining event has grown into an international dining phenomenon, which will be returning to Boston on September 10th, but getting tickets to this event isn’t all that easy with thousands (yes you read that correctly) seeking an invite through the dinner’s Facebook page.

The event is one part dinner and one part fashion as everyone wears white from head to toe, snubbing protocol by wearing white after Labor Day.  It also looks to be quite fun, judging by the photographs. According to the Boston Herald article, there are more than 1,000 people on the waiting list, but maybe you’ll get lucky. Sign up at bos
ton.dinerenblanc.info/register.

This week in Boston, Ogunquit and Provincetown

Provincetown Carnival ParadeThis week in Boston, Ogunquit and Provincetown (August 17-23)

Liquid Candy Pool Party at the Brass Key starts the week off just right to celebrate Carnival from 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Monday, August 17th in Provincetown.

Show Tune Tuesday at dbar never has a cover but is always a blast so come down and check it out. All the fun starts Tuesday, August 18th at 9PM in Boston

The Fellows from TWC hosts their monthly get together tonight, bringing together men in their 30s and 40s to socialize Wednesday, August 19th in Boston

Carnival Week Parade This is definitely the highlight of the summer for me as thousands parade down Commercial Street Thursday, August 20 in Provincetown

Underwear Party Check out Club Purgatory on Thursday, Aug. 20 doors open at 9 PM / music at 10:30 PM with DJ Dave in Provincetown

Ptown Gallery Walk More than 60 galleries open their doors and welcome you to visit on Friday, August 21 in Provincetown

Mainestreet Wigs Out for Charity This month’s party at Mainestreet will raise $ on Sunday, August 23rd for The Harbor To The Bay bike ride in Ogunquit

I’ve started posting a weekly listing of upcoming activities in Boston, Ogunquit and Ptown each Monday.  If you like what you see, share this post with your friends. Send me information about upcoming programs and events in the comments section or message me the details on Facebook.

Back2Basics Tea Dance at Club Cafe, Sunday Aug 16

Mass Bearz Tea Dance If it is the 3rd Sunday of the month then that means it is time for Bear Tea Dance at Club Cafe.  All the fun starts at 5PM so come on over and dance to DJ Harrison’s and DJ Brian Halligan’s unique mix of Disco Classics & Retro Favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s.

For more information visit their web page here.

FUZZ at Pi Alley tonight

Furry Friday bonusNo plans this evening? Join DJ Brent Covington and DJ Taffy to FUZZ at the Pi Alley bar by Downtown Crossing.

This month FUZZ will feature and give away copies of the new releases by dance/pop artists MS MR (How Does It Feel) and Robyn (Love Is Free mini-album).  All the fun starts at 10PM

For more information visit their event page here.