Columnists :: City Streets
Petition to revoke Liberty Mutual tax break
The Liberty Mutual insurance company is one of the wealthiest corporations in the world.
Stacked advisory groups pre-empt community voice
In 1960, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), created in 1957, usurped the powers of Boston’s city planning board, to make sure that planning would never get in the way of development. It worked.
Who will occupy Copley Place?
The Copley Place expansion project is now supposedly "a done deal" - and, given the advance approvals from Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino, it started that way. But is it a good deal? A legal deal? A moral deal?
City Council’s meetings violations harm the South End
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) considers much of the South End an Urban Renewal Plan Area. Shocked? Take a look. Property designated as Urban Renewal Area Overlay Districet in the Area Plan is subject to the BRA’s urban renewal powers.
Suzanne Lee shines as City Council candidate
This city election season is one to watch, because a formidable new contender is giving District 2 a rare opportunity for positive change. Suzanne Lee is challenging City Council incumbent Bill Linehan, and she is extraordinarily qualified for this office.
Pollution is people at Back Bay Station
Every time I travel through Back Bay Station, I have to wear a surgical mask to filter the station’s filthy air. I wonder how commuters, ticket agents, shop vendors and train conductors tolerate this health hazard year after year. So I was pleased to hear that the Back Bay Association, (BBA) a business group, is calling for a station clean up. Yes! About time!
Public-realm philanthropy takes more than it gives
It’s lunchtime on a beautiful spring day in Boston. You sit on a bench in a park right in the middle of the city. You check out the buildings around you and marvel at how much they are worth thanks to the protected green space where you are sitting. Everyone loves this space.
Memo to Republicrats: Enough!
"No new taxes!" Familiar Republican battle cry? No, this year’s pledge by Massachusetts House Speaker Democrat Robert DeLeo. DeLeo, the Democrat-dominated legislature, and newly re-elected Democratic Governor Deval Patrick joined to fill a purported $1.9 billion FY12 budget "gap" entirely by service cuts.
I-Cubed: Risky business for taxpayers
After Fidelity and Evergreen Solar cut jobs despite huge state "job creation" subsidies, and the City of Boston got slammed in its loan to the soon-to-be bankrupt W Hotel, you would think that corporations sniffing at the public trough would be sent packing. But no, it’s business as usual - and worse!
Spring cleaning opens a time capsule
To spare my sagging floor boards, to save my marriage, and, frankly, to find some stuff I had been desperately searching for, I undertook a spring cleaning back in March. I’m still digging through 18 years of pack ratting, files and piles and boxes and folders and some big ole plastic bags.