Posted inPolitics

Is Janey in violation of the city charter?

WHAT’S IN A TITLE?  Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey thinks a lot. Janey refers to herself as “Mayor Janey” in her bio and in the many press releases she puts out, although the city charter specifically states that she shall be called “acting mayor.” Janey acquired the acting mayor position because she happened to be […]

Posted inEnvironment

Somerset coming apart at the seams

THE SOUTH COAST community of Somerset seems to be pulling apart at the seams, as rancor over stop-gap development at Brayton Point prompted the chair of the Board of Selectmen to resign her position a year early, saying she can no longer stand “the hate and venom” that has spread throughout the community. “Civility has […]

Posted inOpinion

Building a city center serving six cities

QUICK QUIZ: What is the biggest growth district in Massachusetts outside of the city of Boston right now? Did you guess Kendall Square? Cambridge Crossing? Somerville’s Union Square? Watertown’s Arsenal Street? Quincy Center? Lynn’s waterfront? Revere Beach? Woburn’s Commerce Way? Waltham along Route 128? By my read, it is a place without an identity or […]

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Rep reports live on state aid to Pittsfield

REP. PATRICIA FARLEY-BOUVIER of Pittsfield on Tuesday transformed a fairly dry Zoom call about a government site readiness program into a live, personalized, on-site report about how state investments can help transform a city. Farley-Bouvier’s standup came at the end of a long call with a number of political dignitaries, including Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. […]

Posted inOpinion

Lawrence no longer a ‘city of the damned’

TEN YEARS AGO,  the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston released “Lessons from Resurgent Cities,” in which they set out to discover the “secret sauce” that enabled some mid-sized industrial cities in New England to bounce back and thrive while others shriveled and died. In their report, the Fed found a few expected ingredients—higher levels of […]

Posted inThe Download

Walsh goes from shoo-in to hot seat

It was only a few weeks ago that Mayor Marty Walsh seemed to be the man for the moment. Holding regular briefings outside Boston City Hall on all things coronavirus, he showed steady leadership and heartfelt compassion in equal measure, just what people want to see in a big-city mayor. The pandemic seemed to have […]

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Boards of health combine education, enforcement

AS BUSINESSES START to reopen this week, local boards of health are both educating firms about the state’s rules on COVID-19 and policing them. The goal is to keep businesses and their patrons safe, so education and compliance are the top priorities. Fines of $300 would only be issued for the third, fourth, and fifth […]