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Boston Announces Data from Back Bay Parking Pilot Program to Mixed Results

March 1, 2018
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Finding street parking in the city can be difficult if not frustrating at times for those who drive in the city. Often times, drivers can circle around blocks for what seems like forever, before finally nailing down a spot. Last year, the city started a performance parking pilot-program to lessen the circling time, and...

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Residents Call for a Ban on Investor Units

February 21, 2018
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Across the city, corporations are buying up residential units, converting them to short-term rentals through Airbnb and other similar online platforms to turn a quick profit and essentially making a residential unit into a de facto hotel room. As a result, these units have been taken off the market – squeezing the already, very...

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Shadows from 1000 Boylston

February 14, 2018
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A proposed single tower rising from a base podium to be built at 1000 Boylston Street is expected to cast new shadows throughout the nearby neighborhoods, from the Fenway Victory Gardens, to the Esplanade, down Commonwealth Avenue Mall to even the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. The shadow study, which was released in...

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New England Watercolor Society Annual Members Show Now Going On

February 14, 2018
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Explore the world of watercolors inside the Guild of Boston Artists gallery on Newbury Street, where the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) is holding its annual Signature Members Show through March 4, 2018. On display are a variety of styles ranging from hyperrealist to abstract, from soulful portraits to detailed images of machinery to...

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Below Stairs at the Ayer Mansion

February 9, 2018
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Standing out amongst the Victorian styled brick row houses in the Back Bay, the Ayer Mansion located at 395 Commonwealth Avenue sticks out like a sore thumb with its white marble exterior and mosaic stained glass. At a special event hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB), Jeanne Pelletier the preservation...

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Regulating Short Term Rentals:Council Files Walsh’s Motion Establishing Guidelines

February 2, 2018
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Boston City Council filed Mayor Martin J. Walsh ordinance on Wednesday, Jan. 24, establishing guidelines and regulations to better track and regulate short-term rentals in the City of Boston. As a new global industry that has a strong presence in Boston, short-term rentals provide both economic opportunities for residents and alternative temporary accommodation options...

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Church of the Covenant Continues Work to Preserve Tiffany Windows

September 21, 2017
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At the corner of Newbury and Berkeley Streets in the Back Bay, one of Boston’s best-kept secrets  is found within the walls of the Church of the Covenant. Known for the tall steeple that sticks out amongst the shorter buildings in the block, the stonewalls of the church are illuminated by the largest intact...

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Kristen Mobilia Wants to Go “Back to the Basics” in Her Run for District 8

July 18, 2017
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Long-time community advocate and leader, Kristen Mobilia of the Fenway, is taking a bold step into local politics and running against the popular City Councilor Josh Zakim for District 8.  “It wasn’t something I planned on doing and it wasn’t part of my master plan,” said Mobilia. But, the results of the recent national election combined...

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