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Boston says it’s studying whether to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Boston says it’s studying whether to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Mayor had vowed to rebuild but now says no decision has been made

A SPOKESWOMAN FOR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement saying the city is doing a cost-benefit analysis on rebuilding the Long Island Bridge, which is a shift from the mayor’s earlier stance that the city would definitely rebuild the span. Walsh’s statement came in the wake of a CommonWealth story reporting that the mayor(...)

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Running the numbers on the Fairmount Line

Running the numbers on the Fairmount Line

Surveys say ridership is up but remains woefully low

A REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK by the Boston Foundation pegged weekday ridership on the Fairmount Line at 2,257 passengers in June 2016, which is about 15 percent higher than counts taken by Keolis Commuter Services at roughly the same time. The Fairmount Line travels between Readville and South Station through Mattapan and Dorchester. The Boston(...)

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An investment in government transparency

An investment in government transparency

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer funds new site to track spending

LAST TUESDAY WAS tax day, and like many people I got to wondering where my hard-earned money went. Sure, there is the broad mission statement enshrined in the Constitution’s preamble — to “establish justice, ensure the domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,” and “promote the general welfare.” But that leaves out a lot details(...)

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A Republican path to ACA reform?

A Republican path to ACA reform?

GOP should work to amend, not end, health law

IF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and Congressional Republicans were to decide that fixing rather than destroying the Affordable Care Act, especially its private health insurance marketplaces, was in their self-interest, could they do it?  And, could they do it in a way that aligns with Republican policy preferences? The answer to both questions is “yes” –(...)

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Boston abandons Long Island Bridge

Boston abandons Long Island Bridge

Unclear what the city will do with the island and buildings

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH appears to be backing away from plans to rebuild the bridge to Long Island, partly because of opposition from the city of Quincy and partly because all the homeless and drug treatment services on the island have successfully been relocated to the mainland. The two-lane bridge was taken down in 2015(...)

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Tackling transportation in the suburbs

Tackling transportation in the suburbs

Public-private partnerships key in Newton and Needham

IF GREATER BOSTON HAS AN ACHILLES HEEL, it’s transportation. This was the number one issue when we launched the N2 Innovation District in Newton and Needham and it remains a major hurdle today. It’s also cited as a key impediment to growth in a recent MassEcon report about why companies locate to or within the(...)

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Advocates hail challenge to Baker on public records

Advocates hail challenge to Baker on public records

Governor insists court decision exempts his office from law

TWO ADVOCATES for greater government transparency are applauding the state supervisor of public records for questioning Gov. Charlie Baker’s assertion that his office is not subject to the Public Records Law. Rebecca Murray, the public records supervisor, recently balked at Baker’s refusal to cough up records and referred the matter to Attorney General Maura Healey(...)

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Shadow vs $: It’s the wrong debate

Shadow vs $: It’s the wrong debate

This is not how a world-class city manages development

THE WINTHROP SQUARE DEVELOPMENT proposed by Millennium Partners is not about the shadows on the Public Garden.  It’s about the fact that every major development proposal in Boston seems to be a new discussion, as if we’ve never seen such a thing before.  And each new development appears to be negotiated in complete isolation, apart(...)

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