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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:┬áTotal 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