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Council, Advisory Board Vote for Pay Increases – Including Mayor

July 7, 2018
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The City Council voted 11-2 at its June 27 meeting to accept the mayor’s new ordinance that would raise the pay of several City employees, including the City Council and the mayor. The changes for mayor wouldn’t go into effect until after the next election in 2022. The changes for the City Council wouldn’t...
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Stats Show South End Bears Major Brunt of Region’s Services

June 28, 2018
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In some circles, the South End has been accused of being NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) when it comes to the fight against new and existing human services in the neighborhood. Most outside of the neighborhood are quick to jump on that bandwagon. But those inside the neighborhood have always contended that the...
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One Dalton Weeks Away from Topping off at 61 Floors

June 28, 2018
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Developers for the One Dalton project reported this week that they have reached the 60th floor of the building and are only weeks away from topping off the building at the 61st floor – transforming Boston’s skyline and adding a compatriot to the Prudential Tower only blocks away. The Four Seasons Hotel and Private...
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Pets Empower Looks to Prevent Barriers for Help in Recovery and Homelessness

June 21, 2018
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Ten years ago, one might have come across Jordan Ross on the streets of the South End  or the Back Bay – holding a sign reading he was homeless and needed help. At his side was his trusty and loyal black Labrador Retriever, Jazz. As great as Jazz was, Ross said his dog soon...
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New Traffic Lights on Washington Still Waiting for the ‘Green Light’

June 21, 2018
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Two new traffic-lights on Washington Street have been installed for several months, but have been dormant for quite some time without many answers. The lights are a conglomeration of City, state and electric company efforts that have become bogged down in permitting by Eversource electric company. Patrick Marvin, a spokesman for the state Department...
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Opiate Working Group: Newmarket Marijuana Proposal Could Protect South End

June 21, 2018
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A new proposal for a marijuana growing and processing facility in Newmarket could protect parts of the South End from any additional marijuana dispensaries, courtesy of Boston’s zoning amendment that prevents any dispensaries from being within a half-mile of one another. A zoning text amendment from Councilor Michael Flaherty a few years ago prevents...
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Councilor Wu to Hold Hearing to Study Resident-Parking Sticker Program

June 21, 2018
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City Councilor Michelle Wu will hold a hearing next week, June 28, to begin examining the residential parking program citywide – including the extensive program in Charlestown. Wu put in a hearing order last year, and action was slow to come on the matter, but she said the Council is ready now to take...
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City Council Adopts Amended Short-Term Rental Ordinance:Eliminates Investor Units, Leeway on Owner-Occupants

June 16, 2018
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The Boston City Council voted late Wednesday afternoon to adopt Mayor Martin Walsh’s amended short-term rental ordinance by a vote of 11-2, eliminating the controversial investor units that have been described as “de facto hotels,” but also giving some new leeway to owner-occupants to rent out their units for short-term platforms. “We have eliminated...
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Shawmut Avenue Project to be Removed from BPDA Agenda Today

June 16, 2018
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Despite being on the agenda for the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board meeting today (June 14), a comprehensive and conclusive vote on the Shawmut Avenue development plans, championed by The Davis Companies, will be tabled without a vote during the meeting. For some, it was another bullet dodged in a project that...
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Shawmut Avenue Developers Pledge to Fund New Park

June 12, 2018
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The Davis Companies has agreed this week to fund a new park in the New York Streets area on what is now vacant land on Shawmut Avenue, and also to cede some of its land to make a wider public walkway abutting The Lucas building. The developer also committed to making donations to Peters...
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