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Why Did Boston City Hall Change Its Mind About Releasing Those GE Emails?

In the wake of General Electric’s announcement that it would be moving its global headquarters to Boston, independent journalist Andrew Quemere filed a public records […]

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Three Crowdfunding FOIA Requests That Need Your Help

March 13-19 is Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative spotlighting the importance of open government and public records to a thriving democracy. Public records ought to […]

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GentriWatch: Can Walsh’s ‘Housing Innovations’ Save Boston’s Middle Class?

Welcome to GentriWatch, where we look for signs of gentrification happening around the city. In a speech before the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Mayor Marty […]

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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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Want Emails Between City Hall and General Electric? That’ll Be $1,746.24

General Electric’s announcement last month that it would be moving its global headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut to Boston was met with immediate praise by the […]

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The 100 Funniest, Weirdest, Most Curious Boston Street Names

At our request, Mayor Marty Walsh’s office provided us with a copy of Boston’s Streets, a 202-page list of every street, road, avenue, boulevard and footpath […]

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How Do You Pick a Typeface for Boston?

What is Boston, stylistically? Is it the Red Sox “B,” or the spoked one adorning Bruins sweaters? Is it blue and yellow for the Marathon? Sky blue and […]

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Mayor Marty Walsh Deleted His Text Messages, Potentially Broke the Law

Mayor Marty Walsh admitted to WCVB’s Mike Beaudet Thursday that he deleted text messages from his taxpayer-financed phone—text messages that, when requested via public records request by […]

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Over a Third of Boston Precincts Had Voting Machine Malfunctions in 2012 Elections

Quite a bit has changed in Boston since 2012. We got a new mayor. The Patriots won a fourth Super Bowl. We have a “Godsmack […]

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Would You BYOB If Boston Finally Lifts Its Ban?

Due before Boston City Council on Wednesday is a new ordinance that would finally lift the ban on BYOB for some Boston eateries in lieu of liquor […]

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Mayor Marty Walsh Signs Ordinance Banning Replica Handguns

Mayor Marty Walsh signed an ordinance Monday morning banning replica handguns in all public spaces, effective immediately. Walsh was joined by Boston Police Commissioner Bill […]

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City of Boston Employee Wins $10.9 Million in Treasury Department Discrimination Suit

A Boston jury awarded a City Hall employee a $10.9 million verdict Friday in a discrimination and retaliation suit in Suffolk County Superior Court. Chantal […]

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One Year Later, Long Island’s Homeless Demand Dignity at City Hall

One year ago, around 5 p.m., the nightmare began for Brenda Jarvis. Back then, she was working at a laboratory during the day and retiring […]

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Hey Mayor Walsh: Put a Few of These in City Hall Plaza

Mayor Marty Walsh has spent his first two years in office tinkering with City Hall Plaza, a polarizing monument to brutalism that runneth over with […]

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Mayor Walsh Wants to Fix City Hall Plaza

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is seeking proposals to further revamp the Soviet style brickscape known as City Hall Plaza. The sad, windswept plaza, with its […]