It was an unwelcome, but not unfamiliar, spot for the Renaissance Charter Public School to find itself in. In February, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted for the second time to place the Boston school on probation because of faltering student achievement. It’s been a long, up and down ride for Renaissance,(...)
William Lantigua has become a pariah statewide but in Lawrence, the Teflon mayor is fighting for four more years.
“Who are you?” Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua is not happy to see a reporter in his downtown campaign headquarters, much less one who has dropped in unannounced and is busy snapping his picture. The Essex Street storefront, bustling with volunteers on a Friday afternoon before the preliminary election, quiets down. The mayor stops stacking envelopes(...)
Traffic cams, lights, and parking spots: the high-tech side of dealing with traffic congestion
When it comes to Boston’s notoriously tangled matrix of streets, which are a challenge for local drivers and a nightmare for visitors brave enough to try navigating them, a seventh-floor command center in City Hall is where a team of engineers does its best to make order out of chaos. The center utilizes a complex(...)
As both practitioner and interpreter, Larry DiCara has spent a lifetime steeped in Boston politics.
Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing EraBy Lawrence S. DiCara, with Chris BlackLantham, Hamilton Books234 pages Turmoil and Transition in Boston, the title of Larry DiCara’s memoir, is an apt heading for his chronicle of the city’s busing years, which coincide roughly with the 12 years he spent in politics.(...)
Our cover story on minorities in the workplaces of Greater Boston started out small.
Our cover story on minorities in the workplaces of Greater Boston started out small. Contributing writer Colman Herman proposed a story about the racial makeup of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the agency charged with bringing three casinos and a slots parlor to the state. Herman thought it was odd that a new agency starting from(...)
Drawing Democrats in big numbers has been the key to a winning formula
While Massachusetts ranks as one of the bluest states in the nation, giving the average Democratic presidential nominee a 20-point advantage over his GOP rival in the last 14 elections, four of the Bay State’s last five governors have been Republicans—an intriguing paradox. With a wide-open race for governor looming in 2014, Republicans once again(...)
Jesse Baerkahn is part lawyer, part real estate broker, part urban cheerleader
Jesse Baerkahn believes in cities. He feeds off their energy. And he knows that unique, vibrant, inviting urban spaces don’t happen by accident. Quality urban neighborhoods take thought and long hours of work. They need champions whose job it is to steadfastly avoid the quick, easy path. Baerkahn works in urban placemaking. It’s his job(...)
Analysts say the senator needs to focus on potholes and getting better known
It seems like yesterday—in fact it was in June—when longtime US Rep. Ed Markey of Malden won his race to succeed John Kerry in the Senate. Markey’s win only entitled him to fill out the remainder of Kerry’s term, which ends in January 2015. And so Massachusetts’ new junior senator has just a year in(...)
UMass coach Charley Molnar is trying to bring the football program to college's highest level but it's an uphill climb
What prompted you to come here from Notre Dame and attempt to elevate UMass’s football program? Well, like every assistant coach, I had dreams and goals to become a head coach at some point in my career, but, different than other coaches, I always envisioned myself as being a builder. This wasn’t a startup. But(...)
Massachusetts officials have been working with the state’s 15 community colleges, industry leaders, career centers, and local workforce investment boards to help students find jobs
As a student at UMass Amherst, Darlene Arcese changed her major three times before realizing the traditional college experience wasn’t for her. So Arcese went off the beaten education path and enrolled in the Power Utility Technology Program at Bunker Hill Community College, where she received the hands-on training she needed to start a career(...)