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Councilor Wu calls to abolish Boston Planning and Development Agency

The first of many listening sessions for Wu’s plan to abolish the BPDA took place on Oct. 7 in East Boston. Photo courtesy of Wu’s Facebook page.

Jordan Erb
October 18, 2019
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City Councilor Michelle Wu proposed a sweeping plan on Oct. 7 to abolish the Boston Planning and Development Agency, an organization that handles the city’s development, planning and zoning.  Wu’s plan came in the form of a 54-page report titled “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why an...

A summer heatwave could hurt Boston neighborhoods already suffering from COVID-19

Dorchester and Roxbury do not have many air conditioned public spaces where residents can cool off during heat waves.

Julia Hong and Ben Farber
May 14, 2020
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As summer approaches and the social distancing measures necessitated by COVID-19 continue, Bostonians who lack consistent access to air conditioning in their homes face additional challenges and health risks. July 2019 was Boston’s hottest month on record, with a dozen days of high temperatures...

Boston City Council meeting April 8, 2020

Boston City Council meeting April 8, 2020

Jordan Erb, Reporter
April 9, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council, News

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on April 8, 2020, which was held virtually through the video-conferencing app Zoom and live-streamed. During the meeting, the following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0615 Councilor Julia Mejia offered a resolution to ...

Boston City Council meeting April 1, 2020

Boston City Council meeting April 1, 2020

Jordan Erb
April 3, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council, News

All councilors were virtually present for the Boston City Council meeting on April 1, 2020, which was held on Zoom and live streamed. The following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0578 Councilor Ed Flynn offered a resolution urging insurance carriers to provide continuous coverage to re...

Boston City Council meeting March 25, 2020

Boston City Council meeting March 25, 2020

Jordan Erb, Reporter
March 26, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council, News

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on March 25, 2020, which was held virtually through the video-conferencing app, Zoom. The video was live streamed on the City Council’s website, as well as on its YouTube channel, and can be viewed here. The meeting’s dockets wer...

Boston City Council meeting Feb. 26, 2020

All Boston City Councilors were in attendance for the meeting at City Hall Feb. 26. Photo by Jordan Erb.

Jordan Erb
February 27, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on Feb. 26, 2020, where the following dockets were presented and discussed. Docket #0422 Councilor Ed Flynn offered a resolution recognizing African American veteran achievements during Black History Month. Councilor Flynn proposed a...

Boston City Council meeting Feb. 12, 2020

Boston City councilors attended a brief meeting at City Hall this week. Photo by Jordan Erb.

Jordan Erb
February 13, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

All councilors, except for Councilor Mejia, were present for the Boston City Council meeting on Feb. 12, 2020. Docket #0376     Councilor Liz Breadon offered an order for a hearing regarding housing affordability and availability for families. “We’re not building for our middle-income workers, who work in our hospitals, our universities and our businesses, our social workers, our teachers, ...

Boston City Council meeting Jan. 29, 2020

BuildBPS, school safety and the 2020 Census were all on the agenda at this week's Boston City Council meeting in City Hall. Photo by Jordan Erb.

Jordan Erb
January 30, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on Jan. 29, 2020. The following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0273     Councilors Annissa Essaibi-George and Matt O'Malley offered an order for a hearing regarding BuildBPS. “BuildBPS is an ongoing project to rebuild our schools,” said Essaibi-George, adding that BuildBPS is an op...

Boston City Council meeting Dec. 11, 2019

Mayor Martin Walsh and councilors in attendance at the Wednesday meeting welcomed Kim Yonghyon, the consul general of the Republic of Korea, to Boston. Photo by Joseph Handel.

Joseph Handel
December 12, 2019
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

The meeting opened with the City Council welcoming Kim Yonghyon, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, to Boston.   Mayor Martin Walsh was present as this was the final meeting for departing councilors. Walsh gave a speech commending departing councilors, Althea Garrison, Mark Ciommo, Josh Zakim, and Tim McCar...

Boston City Council meeting Nov. 20, 2019

Councilors stand with Jason Gallagher, the principle of Harvard-Kent Elementary School, who secured a grant for the school. Photo by Joseph Handel.

Joseph Handel
November 21, 2019
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

Docket #0315 To establish equitable regulation of the cannabis industry in the City of Boston.   Councilor Michael Flaherty listed the 20 amendments that have been made to the bill since its inception. One of which is the inclusion of the statement  that "the City should maintain and issue an equal nu...

Changemaker: Monica Cannon-Grant, the Black activist holding Boston officials accountable

Monica Cannon-Grant outside her home. Photo by Lex Weaver.

Lex Weaver
November 14, 2019
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Monica Cannon-Grant, 38, of Roxbury, is one of Boston’s most well-known activists and organizers. She was responsible for the 2017 march against white supremacy in Boston, which drew in over 45,000 people in attendance and $65,000 in revenue (which was used to bail out protestors and white supre...

Election Day may be over, but one seat remains contested

Julia Mejia claims victory at the Frogmore in Hyde Square. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Alexa Gagosz
November 12, 2019
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A swarm of supporters surrounded Julia Mejia when she declared victory on Election night in her bid for one of the at-large seats on Boston’s city council. Someone held a Dominican flag high as Mejia made the rounds at the Frogmore in Jamaica Plain and the crowd shouted “power to the people” and “si se pue...

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