The Dorchester Reporter looks at both sides of Question 1, which is the proposal to give the City Council more say on the budget. Andres Del Castillo of the group Right to the City Boston takes the yes side. Pam Kocher, president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau takes the no side. My view is that approving Question 1 would hamstring future mayors on budget development and dilute the executive role of the mayor. But, oddly enough, both mayoral candidates have come out in favor of it.
Here’s another reality check on the popularity of the movement to defund the police.
Yasmin Amer writes for WBUR aboutDAOs, the companies that run like New England town meetings. Interesting. And a little scary.
And cigarette sales are up for the first time in 20 years. I’m sure there’s an interesting Venn diagram somewhere on the overlap between the people who smoke and those who won’t get vaccinated.
Michelle Wu has been ‘othered‘ by Annissa Essaibi George. Apparently that’s a bad thing. But it’s just differentiation. It’s what politicians do. At the end of the day you have to choose one – or the other?
Where you are and where you go is valuable data. And the apps on your phone are providing that location data to the people who resell and profit from it. Remember, Candy Crush does not need to know your location.
Symphony Hall is reopening this weekend with a free concert. And there’s a new CEO at the helm. Here’s the schedule for the coming year. There’s some good stuff on tap (but still no Philip Glass, unfortunately.)
Joe Perry, the last of the south shore holdouts from Aerosmith, is selling his Duxbury house. Only $4.5 million and it comes with a recording studio and guitar shaped pool.
Mel King endorsedActing Mayor Kim Janey while the Willie Gross super PAC is going to the mat for Essaibi George, despite her disavowal. George Regan and his little dog also make an appearance. Election day is here. At least for the prelim. That guy from all those commercials predicts a turnout of 100,000.
The Globe reports that rain, sharks, coyotes, and a resurgent virus didn’t damper tourism on the Cape this summer. Good to hear.
We all know that ‘Boston Magazine’ is not a magazine about Boston. But ‘Affluent Suburbs to the North and West of Boston Magazine’ doesn’t have the same sort of ring to it. Anyway, of the five Boston bike shops featured in this story, I’m impressed that a couple are actually in Boston. But why feature only 5 shops? What about Landrys, or Bike Barn or Bikeway or Crimson or Bikes Not Bombs or Serious Cycles or Bicycle Link or Grace Bikes, etc, etc.? There are hundreds of great bike shops in the Boston area and no indication as to why these featured five stand out.
Dan Kois reports that Netflix has been getting pretty clickbaity lately. I’ve noticed this too.
Happy Wednesday. Were nearing the end of August. Only 128 days left in the year.
Charlie Watts has died. A quiet guy and a great drummer.
Why are rents in Boston almost back to pre-covid highs? The students are returning, for one thing. Over at BU, Katrina Liu has some advice for the incoming freshmen: take naps.
NBC did a poll on who has been vaccinated. 69% of respondents reported getting the shot. More women than men. Politically, it breaks down as you would have expected with 88% Democrats to 55% Republicans admitting to being vaccinated. Granted the info here is self reported and polling in general hasn’t been very accurate lately… but the numbers are interesting.
The House passed the $3.5 trillion dollar budget. It’s just the first step in a long process.
And the Patriots are trading Sony Michelto the Rams. Is this a good idea? You have to assume/hope that Belichick knows what he’s doing.