Category Archives: Boston

You Are the Traffic: The Boston Red Line Breakdown Edition

Recently, in an effort to make D.C.’s WMATA feel good about itself, Boston’s T, specifically the Red Line, was pretty much broken due to a derailed train that wiped out much of the signaling infrastructure. As with so many unplanned … Continue reading

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Boston’s Swanktuaries

When I lived in Boston, there were some very nice high end places, but global capital wasn’t using Boston residential real estate as a piggy bank. Things, apparently, have changed (boldface mine): The bottom 24 floors of One Dalton will … Continue reading

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Boston, “The Future Of Inflation”, And Housing

We come across this statement by the chairman of the Boston Federal Reserve (boldface mine): At a Friday breakfast meeting of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston’s Federal Reserve president Eric Rosengren laid out some of the unique challenges … Continue reading

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Geometry And Ride-Sharing

And by ‘ride-sharing’, I mean another form of taxis, but with a shiny app and no medallions. This isn’t good news from Boston (boldface mine): Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are exacerbating rush-hour traffic jams in Boston, according to … Continue reading

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D.C. Has Boot Scrapers

No, I’m not referring to Trump administration spokesmen. As I noted a while ago, many older houses in Boston have maintained their boot scrapers: Back in the days of yore, when streets were covered with ‘mud’ (a euphemism for a … Continue reading

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The Press Corps And Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Like Mass Transit)

Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung writes (boldface mine): By now, you must have read that The Boston Globe has moved downtown from our longtime home in Dorchester, where most employees drove to work and enjoyed free parking. No such perk … Continue reading

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Education Reform As A Distraction

From a Massachusetts activist who successfully opposed the pro-charter referendum Question 2 (boldface mine): For a short while in Boston last night, we were ecstatic. We beat the privatizers on Question 2, and we beat them across the state, with … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Democrats, Education, Fucking Morons

Yes, New Construction Can Raise Housing Prices (And Rents)

What triggered this post was a tweet by Noah Smith: Yesterday I talked to two SF progressives who are absolutely convinced that building more houses raises rents. Amazing. — Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) August 21, 2016 And another one by Brendan … Continue reading

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Cutler Majestic

The Cutler Majestic Theater, Tremont St., between Boylston and Stuart, Theater District, Boston:

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Old Stomping Grounds

As I mentioned earlier this week, I returned to Boston for a conference. Some pictures from my old stomping grounds (which might be familiar to long-time readers). The Public Garden: Corner of Clarendon and Comm. Ave.: Fireman’s Memorial, Dartmouth and … Continue reading

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