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City council puts restraints on Airbnb

City council puts restraints on Airbnb

Industry slams measure for cutting commercial units, rental caps

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL overwhelmingly approved tough new restrictions on short-term rentals offered by companies such as Airbnb and HomeAway, eliminating investor-owned units from the marketplace while allowing owner-occupied, two- and three-family homeowners to rent out some of their units year-round. The council on Wednesday made some minor adjustments to a proposal by Mayor Marty(...)

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Political baby talk

Political baby talk

The Great Senate Baby Scare

IT BECAME A high-profile debate over open carry. But unlike the matter of openly flashing lethal weaponry while strolling through town, which people in some states regard as much ado about not much at all, this open carry debate played out at a high level. The controversial subject of this carry kerfuffle: newborn babies. The(...)

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Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

Mayor says more time needed to enact regulations

JUST HOURS BEFORE the Boston City Council was set to vote – and likely reject – Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb, he withdrew his bill and said he’d come up with another “in the coming weeks.” “During a robust process, including s public hearing and(...)

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Boston city council races reflect change – and tradition

Boston city council races reflect change – and tradition

Preliminary election for two open seats offered surprises

THEODORE H. WHITE WROTE many years ago that the life of a city is like a ballet.  Anybody who has studied the American city, specifically the City of Boston, understands that there are rapid demographic changes underway.  Boston is no longer mentioned in the same paragraph with Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland and other cities that(...)

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Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pols in favor say it's a matter of racial justice as well as new revenue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS PROPONENTS GATHERED outside the State House Wednesday to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization. Massachusetts voters will decide at(...)

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Boston voters dropkick Murphy, oust Yancey

Boston voters dropkick Murphy, oust Yancey

Council's longest serving members sent on their way

BOSTON VOTERS HEWED to the old adage that the only constant is change, voting out of office the two longest-serving members of the City Council. Longtime at-large councilor Steve Murphy is out, to be replaced by Annissa Essaibi George, a Dorchester high school teacher who also operates a yarn and knitting shop. Meanwhile, 32-year incumbent district(...)

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Raising a stink at Boston City Council

Resolved: There is no good time and it never looks good for elected officials to propose and vote on their own raises. But, really, doesn’t City Councilor Bill Linehan, in rejecting an 11 percent proposed pay hike from a mayoral commission, make it look worse by bemoaning the ability to afford bananas (about 60 cents a(...)

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