Tag Archives: Boston

UMass looks to radically redevelop Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester

All the gay boys who have moved out to Dorchester near Columbia Point will be happy to learn that earlier this week the University of Massachusetts Building Authority said they intend to develop the 20-acre Bayside Expo Center site into a mixed use “an oceanfront Boston neighborhood,” and is soliciting developers on how best to conceptualize that vision.

Can you say “cha-ching” to all those guys who have already moved out to this part of Dorchester? Although nothing has happened yet, this is by far the best news this neighborhood has had in a long time (far better for property value than being turned into a sporting venue like Kraft had floated previously).

Interested developers have been given until early October to submit proposals so stay tuned as there is likely to be a lot more about this in the news later this fall.

Delta adds flights from Boston to Pittsburgh and New Orleans

Sergio and Rob, gay travel, flying, travelEarlier this week Delta Airlines announced two new nonstop routes to Pittsburgh and New Orleans.  Flights to Pittsburgh will begin October 1st with two daily round-trip flights. New Orleans service will be seasonal, on Saturdays and Sundays from February 10 – April 1.

By October, Delta will be offering 103 peak-day departures from Boston (20 more departures from a year ago).  You can read more about Delta’s new routes by visiting yesterday’s story in USA Today, here.

Travel + Leisure magazine readers really like Boston

Real estate BostonTravel + Leisure magazine readers have ranked Boston one of the best cities in America. As part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards, the publication released its list of the top 15 cities in the United States earlier this month. Boston squeaked in at a cool number 14.

Cities were scored for their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and value, then given a numerical score based on their ratings.

Thanks T+L readers.

World Naked Bike Ride Boston

Saturday night temperatures in Boston will be in the low 70s and dry (if you believe our local forecast). If you happen to be out and about you may end up seeing a bunch of naked bicyclists who will be participating in the World Naked Bikc Ride, while this event has been happening around the world since 2004, Boston joined in on the fun back in 2010 and interest and participation continues to grow with each year.

WNBRParticipants are asked to meet in Jamaica Plain at 6PM for pre-ride revelry. The ride is scheduled to begin at 8PM and will conclude at Midnight in Cambridge. If you are interested, check out the link I shared above or visit the World Naked Bike Ride – Boston Facebook Page for details.

If you decide to participate, let me know how it goes and feel free to send me a photo or two of the ride. 😉

Boston median rentals remain flat

It is no secret that Boston is a very expensive city to call home, and more needs to be done to ensure that this city can be a home for anyone – no matter what their career, compensation or bank account looks like. I can’t think of a more dreary, vanilla, boring city than one which is filled only with “luxury condos”.

But I digress. It was recently reported by Zumper that the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Boston is holding steady at $2,200. That makes Boston the nation’s fifth most expensive for renting a one-bedroom. Additionally, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Boston increased only 1.2 percent, to $2,630, making it also the nation’s fifth most expensive for renting a two-bedroom. For the longest time, Boston ranked behind only San Francisco and New York for one and two-bedroom apartments in the Zumper analysis, which tracks rents on vacant or available apartments.

I’d like to see more affordable and mixed income properties being built so Boston can be more attractive to more people. While cheering that median rents are only $2,200 and $2,630 for one and two-bedrooms respectively may seem odd, I’m just pleased to see that as a community we are working to fall lower on this list of skyrocketing rents.

Boston Pizza Festival is this weekend

Boston’s first ever Pizza Festival is this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, July 8th and 9th). Local and international vendors will be selling their own product, giving you an opportunity to try pizza from all over. Vendors will also have the chance to enter and win “Boston Pizza Festival Pizza Champion” contest.

Note that you need to buy tickets to the festival and prices are cheaper if you purchase your ticket before the event. For more information visit, bostonpizzafestival.com.

Boston Pizza Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July 8 & 9th
11:00 AM  to 10:00 PM
Boston City Hall Plaza

Boston neighborhoods: Foreign-born population

Boston foreign born residentsEarlier this week Adam who publishes the excellent blog, UniversalHub, shared this map from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.  I found this particularly interesting, because although I was only born a few miles from Boston in the tiny town of Winchester, MA, Sergio was born about 4,500 miles to the south in Brazil. You can get a better look at the map and zoom in to see some of the smaller printed nationalities if you click here.

If you like this sort of thing you should stop by the BPL to check out their exhibit Who We Are: Boston Immigration Now and Then.

On a related note, Pew Research’s map shows how different nationalities came to the United States, starting in 1850 up through 2013.

How America's Source of Immigrants Has Changed Over Time

For more information visit Pew Research here.