Archive for December, 2016

The Winthrop Square Project

December 16, 2016
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Few building projects in recent years have generated the neighborhood outcry like the Winthrop Square Project that proposes a 775-foot tower casting shadows over highly used and very environmentally fragile areas like the Public Garden, Boston Common and Commonwealth Mall. That is why we join our voice with those of the neighborhood groups like...
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 9, 2016
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Eliza Polson, 7, had her chance to meet Santa during the Enchanted Trolley Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Boston Center for the Arts plaza.
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Top Off At the Pierce Building

December 9, 2016
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Top Off At the Pierce Building

This past Friday a Christmas tree was lifted up to the roof of 188 Brookline Ave. the Pierce Building.
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Meter Rates Going Up in the Back Bay

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Starting on January 3, 2017 the City of Boston will adjust meter rates in the Back Bay and Seaport neighborhoods to study how parking meter rates can reduce the search time for parking and reduce street congestion. Last week, Mayor Martin Walsh along with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics,...
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Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Building Slated for 115 Winthrop Square

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A packed courtroom at the Suffolk Law School laid the stage for the first public meeting held for the proposed tower at 115 Winthrop Square by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on Monday, December 5. Members of the community voiced their concerns over amending the current Shadow Laws to...
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Boston Officials Reduce Speed Limit to 25 MPH

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen In an effort to improve roadway safety for people walking, driving, and bicycling on city streets Mayor Martin Walsh last week announced a reduction in the default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph starting January 9, 2017. If you don’t see a posted sign, the new speed limit will...
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Mayor Walsh Looks to Push Owner-Occupant Tax Relief to 35 Percent

December 9, 2016
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Acting on a proposal by the City Council and a stipulation in last summer’s state Municipal Modernization Act, Mayor Martin Walsh announced this week a proposal to increase Boston’s residential property tax exemption for the first time since 2000. The proposal would reduce average property tax bills for single family, owner-occupied residences by $299....
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Wheelchair Lift Causes Concern at BBAC Meeting

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Back Bay Architectural Commission denied without prejudice the project proposed for 235 Newbury Street that would update the front façade of the restaurant and salon located at the site and add a new wheelchair lift service to the first floor and lower level basement retail space. The Commission sited major...
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IBA Recognized by Michelle Obama for National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award

December 9, 2016
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IBA received the 2016 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award last month at the White House from First Lady Michelle Obama for its Youth Development Program. The award, which was received on behalf of IBA by CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado and program participant Noemi Negron, recognizes the country’s best after-school and out-of-school-time creative youth...
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Winter Wonderland Transforms City Hall Plaza

December 9, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen As the temperatures start to drop and the festive season comes to light, a new kind of experience will be brightening up the otherwise dim City Hall Plaza in the heart of downtown Boston. New England’s first, custom-designed outdoor skating path and European inspired outdoor holiday shopping market, called Boston Winter,...
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