The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. While a majority Bostonians were opposed to hosting the games I’m disappointed, but not for the reason many might suspect. I had hoped that the planning required for hosting the Olympics would spur innovative ideas on improving our infrastructure and revitalizing parts of Boston. Those opposed to the Olympic bid have insisted this can be done without hosting the games, but I would like to ask when this might happen? The last time serious investment was made in our infrastructure was when the Big Dig was approved in 1987. That project’s reputation for delays and cost overruns alongside our City Hall’s bureaucracy has stymied any serious redevelopment (excluding the Seaport) and seen little if any investment in Boston’s infrastructure and public transportation system; anyone remember the MBTA’s woes last winter?
As a South End resident promised a Silver Line subway, I’m suspicious of empty promises to invest in Boston’s infrastructure.
To those who insisted that we don’t need the Olympics to invest in our city’s and the region’s infrastructure, I’d like to ask when I can expect to see something tangible? What is it about our current political climate that should make me optimistic? If only half the energy that was spent decrying the Olympics is diverted to making improvements we should see some wonderfully innovative suggestions and plans coming forward – but for now I’m waiting.
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street at Haymarket Station
Wednesday – Sunday, 8:00am – 8:00pm
The Boston Public Market (BPM) opens later this week as a permanent, year-round, self-sustaining market featuring fresh, locally-sourced food; making it the only market of its kind in the United States. The BPM includes 35 vendors from around New England. For the full list of vendors visit their website at, bostonpublicmarket.org/vendors.
In addition to the 35 vendor stalls, the BPM includes a 3,200-square-foot demonstration kitchen, that will offer hands-on cooking demos, lectures, exercise classes, training and community events. The market includes 28,000 square feet of retail space and 325 parking spaces and is conveniently located just above the Haymarket T station for the Green and Orange Line.
View of Back Bay from Marina Bay, Quincy
Marina Bay in Quincy is located seven miles from downtown Boston. Originally owned by the US Navy, it closed long ago like most of the military outposts in New England, and it remained neglected until the early 1990s when Marina Bay was proposed. Sergio and I had never been to Marina Bay until we were invited by Dorchester native and Grammy Award winning DJ, Clinton Sparks, who recently became part owner and investor in several of the entertainment facilities; most notably the newest club in Marina Bay, a hookah bar called blue.
If you come down to check out blue or one of the other restaurants, come at dusk. The marina offers some fantastic views of Boston’s Back Bay skyline.
In January Boston Magazine’s article The Power of Ideas: Daniel Dain estimated that one needs $800,000 to $1.2 million to open a restaurant in Boston. Is it any wonder the cheap eats in and around Boston are so treasured? Earlier this month BostInno posted an article, Promoting ’24-Hour Neighborhoods’ Through the Power of Great Restaurants to talk about a group of industry professionals who are looking for a few good chef-owned eateries.
Restaurant Investment Group (RIG) was founded in 2013 by people passionate about new and interesting, chef-driven restaurants in Greater Boston. According to the article “RIG is taking some of the unsure footing out of opening a restaurant, and providing structure where confusion often reigns.” They will help chefs with the business side of the restaurant industry by leveraging a list of professionals ranging from accountants to PR advisors with the hope that they can contribute to Boston’s dining scene and grow the number of viable restaurants – and to that I say, “Cheers!”
Boston’s Outside the Box is back after a year + hiatus to rethink and retool the 6-day festival. Starting tomorrow, July 14th, and running through the 19th, over one hundred artists and organizations from Boston and beyond will gather on Boston Common. Transforming Boston Common into a massive performing arts festival designed to engage, educate and most importantly, entertain the citizens of Boston.
FREE – Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common July 14-19
You can get more details about this free music festival which kicks off tomorrow by visiting their website at, otbboston.com.
The World Naked Bike Ride takes place in 70 cities tonight. This marks the event’s 11th year, and is meant as a protest dependence on oil, promote bike safety as well as a positive body image, according to the organization’s website. The Boston world naked bike ride actually leaves from Cambridge at 9PM. See below for more details.
Saturday, July 11th at 9PM
North Point Park Common in Cambridge
This marks Boston’s sixth year participating. Bicyclists will convene in various degrees of undress at 9 p.m. Saturday at the North Point Park Common in Cambridge. The ride will go through Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville.
More info on Facebook here.
Boston is a ghost town – that is unless you are in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill in which case it seems like the city is bursting at the seams as final preparations are made for the annual Boston Pops fireworks spectacular. Earlier today Sergio and I visited the Hatch Shell and walked the Esplanade, and I was impressed by the incredible security and how efficient everything was operating.
If you want to see the fireworks but not go to the Esplanade, take the Red Line to Kendall Square and walk back to the Charles River. You will be able to listen to the music, while watching the fireworks explode over Back Bay’s skyline.
7:00 PM WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM broadcast begins
8:00 PM Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast begins on WBZ-TV
8:00 PM 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston broadcast begins
8:30 PM Concert begins
10:30 PM Fireworks begins
11:00 PM Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends
More details about tonight’s celebration can be found here, july4th.org.