Tag Archives: Boston

Boston’s longest serving mayor, Tom Menino, has died

Thomas MeninoMayor 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.

Boston we have a problem

Boston cost of living 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.

Boston Athenaeum open house Nov. 2nd

Boston AthenaeumOn 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

 

Boston Book Festival kicks off tonight

Boston Book FestivalTonight 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.

Illuminus in South End Saturday, Oct 25

SoWa, South End, Boston Looking for something different to do this Saturday?  Check out Illuminus, an artistic event happening on October 25th in the SoWa neighborhood, across Harrison Avenue in the Power Station (by the BSC South End) and surrounding parking lots.

This is a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, featuring large-scale light projections and installations that include immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that are created to help you reimagine the Boston at night. The free event will be held from 6:00 PM – midnight and will include light projections, music, performances and food trucks.

More information is available on their FB event page.

Boston invests in cultural planning process

LGBT Boston, gay life bostonI’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.

Take Boston’s taxi advisory survey

Uber BostonThe 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.