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GentriWatch: City Council OKs Six-Year Urban Renewal Extension

Welcome to GentriWatch, where we look for signs of gentrification happening around the city. Despite initial skepticism, the Boston City Council approved a six-year extension […]

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Urban Renewal Goes on Trial at City Council Hearing on BRA Extension

The Boston Redevelopment Authority faced the latest obstacle in its quest for a 10-year extension on its urban renewal powers, answering questions posed by a skeptical […]

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Andrea Campbell Beats Charles Yancey on an Election Night for New Boston

A tall man stood in the middle of Andrea Campbell’s victory party at Dorchester’s Blarney Stone pub. Tears streaked down his face. “She’s my little […]

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City Council Bans Smokeless Tobacco at Fenway Park, All Ballfields

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed ban on smokeless tobacco in the city’s ballfields, including Fenway Park. The ban on “cut, ground, powdered, […]

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Tito Jackson’s Move to Subpoena Boston 2024 Blocked by Bill Linehan

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson’s attempt to subpoena Boston 2024 for chapters 5 and 6 of the original bid book was blocked Wednesday by a procedural […]

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City Councilor Tito Jackson Files for Subpoena to Obtain Boston 2024 Chapters

Update: Monday, 2:13 p.m. — The City Council will vote on Jackson’s subpoena order at Wednesday’s meeting. If successful, the subpoena would order Boston 2024 CEO Rich […]

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Boston City Council Passes $2.86 Billion Budget

Perhaps it was swallowed up by other big news yesterday, but the Boston City Council passed a $2.86 billion budget for the next fiscal year […]

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Cab Drivers, Uber Supporters Plan Rally at City Hall

Boston cab drivers are holding a rally on City Hall plaza Monday afternoon to call for stricter regulations for on-demand livery services like Uber and […]

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Say It, Don’t Spray It [Update]

Update:  At a meeting tonight, Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough will tell School Committee members that there are no immediate plans to move forward with […]

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The Bill Linehan and Steve Murphy Pension-Padding Act of 2014

Surprisingly, City Council president Bill Linehan and councilor Steve Murphy have not provided me an answer to my question of how their proposed self-raises would […]

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Haystack Attack: Officials Urged App Inventors to Pump the Brakes On Operations

City officials are convinced: the use of the controversial smartphone app Haystack doesn’t only take public property and put it up for sale, but it’s […]

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City Councilor Proposes ‘Boston Trust Act’

Boston could soon join the growing list of communities across the country that have welcomed legislation preventing local police from detaining people for prolonged periods […]

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Three Glaring ‘Present’ Votes On Boston City Council

The past is never dead, as William Faulkner famously wrote; it’s not even past. Boston demonstrated that truism once again Wednesday as an attempt to […]

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Chart of the Week: Breaking Down the Lobbyist Money in Boston’s Elections

Lobbyists registered with the state of Massachusetts give a lot of money to politicians, but usually focus their funds on the statehouse lawmakers who they […]

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Councilor Bill Linehan Still Wants to Tax Your Alcohol Purchases

Citing the devastating effects of substance abuse, newly-elected City Council President Bill Linehan filed a home rule petition that, if passed, would put a tax […]