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Turn Out, Speak Out, Come Out

Today is the 30th National Coming Out Day. I started coming out as gay when I was nearly 19 during the summer after freshman year of college. It was a long slog. I had many, many one-on-one conversations that left me emotionally exhausted. I’m so glad I did. I’m now out to friends, family, neighbors, … Continue reading

Lower Boston’s Speed Limit and Redesign the Streets

  This is the text of a letter I sent on August 30, 2018 to Boston City Councilors Frank Baker and Ed Flynn. Both Councilors announced earlier that week that they would like to investigate a 20 mph default speed limit in Boston. When a driver struck and killed Colin McGrath a little over a … Continue reading

Baker, Walsh: Take the T Pledge

Yesterday, I attended the Boston March for Science. Understandably, many of the speeches and signs focused on climate change.[1] I wish I had brought a “Fix The T” sign because we need fast, frequent, and reliable MBTA buses, trains, and ferries to decrease the significant greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.[2] We also need our  leaders—our Governor and … Continue reading

Dock Square Garage Redevelopment Must Add Shops

This is the text of the letter I sent on April 9, 2018 to Michael Rooney, Senior Project Manager, Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding the Dock Square Garage redevelopment project. More information about the project is available here. The Dock Square Garage is a 1970s throwback to a time when vacant lots and garages … Continue reading

MassDOT Must Build West Station Now

This is the text of the letter I sent to Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Review for the I-90 Allston Interchange project in Boston. Massachusetts must strive to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 … Continue reading

Baltimore Council to Consider Alternative to Demolishing Vacant Homes

  Today, the Baltimore City Council will discuss Councillor Mary Pat Clarke’s proposal to revive a $1 home program from the 1980’s designed to rehabilitate long-vacant properties. This proposal contrasts with a nearly $700 million state and city effort to demolish and replace 4,000 such buildings. Unfortunately, Baltimore has a great many empty buildings. The … Continue reading

Solaria Labs Total Home Score Measures Noise and Safe Driving in Greater Boston

  Last Saturday at the Hubweek Hub, a map of Boston illuminated a large display. Evoking a figure ground, it showed a variety of colors and the confident name: Total Home Score (THS). I finished waiting in line for the STAT 360° virtual reality experience and then headed to the next shipping container to check out … Continue reading

Boston Tiptoes to Europe and Permits Drinking in a Public Park

  Last Saturday, I was en route with a friend to the Hubweek Hub at Government Center when heading along the Rose Kennedy Greenway transported me to Europe. Not literally, of course, but on the walk from South Station to City Hall, we came upon a beer garden sponsored by Boston-based Trillium brewery. I was … Continue reading

Boston Bike Party Takes Over the Streets One Friday per Month

  Last Friday, a burst of amplified music caught the attention of my brother, sister-in-law, and I at their home in the South End. My brother and I rushed to the window and saw a gathering of dozens of people in Franklin Square, a park across the street from his home. My brother shouted, “it’s … Continue reading

First Impressions of the MWRTA Bus from Ashland to Framingham

  I caught a ride on a MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) bus for the first time yesterday. The service began operating just over 10 years ago, offering curb-to-curb paratransit and 16-fixed route bus services in 13 Massachusetts cities and towns, including my hometown of Ashland. Ever since I learned about the service, which admittedly … Continue reading