Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jon Chesto Globe Staff October 29, 2018 No one said building a waterfront park in Boston would be easy.Barbara Erickson is finding out how tough it can be. The Trustees of Reservations chief executive plans to update members at an annual meeting Thursday on the nonprofit’s ambitious goal to build a string of signature parks along one of the most expensive urban waterfronts in the country. Progress, it’s fair to say, has not been speedy.Her group identified several key sites in East Boston and South Boston, with a new one in the North End recently emerging as an intriguing possibility. Each park would cost between $20 million and $50 million, and would require separate financing efforts. She would prefer that they be self-sustaining. On-site development is one idea, or a tax surcharge on nearby properties. Advertisement The furthest along: … [Read more...] about Building a waterfront park in Boston can be tricky
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Steve Annear Globe Staff September 18, 2018 At first, Alex Kerr thought the light coming toward him while he sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic in the I-93 tunnel was part of a work crew.Then, it occurred to him that it might have been an emergency vehicle of some kind.But when it got closer, Kerr, of Dorchester, saw that he was wrong on both counts — it was actually a person riding along the busy expressway on a Blue Bike. Advertisement “It was [a woman] just calmly riding southbound in the northbound lane,” he said. “She looked a lot more relaxed than I would have been.” Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Kerr said he spotted the woman biking through a portion of the Tip O’Neill Jr. … [Read more...] about Cyclist rides Blue Bike through O’Neill tunnel in Boston
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff August 15, 2018 The collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, has left at least 39 people dead, and there’s no doubt it has raised questions about the condition of bridges elsewhere.In Massachusetts, 473 bridges, or about 9 percent of the statewide total, were rated in “poor” condition as of last year, based on national standards.Another 3,316 bridges were determined to be in “fair condition,” and the remaining 1,400 were in “good” condition, federal data show. Advertisement A bridge is rated “poor” if inspectors rate one of four key components — either its deck, superstructure, substructure, or culvert — as earning 4 or less on a 10-point scale. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank … [Read more...] about Map: Here are the 473 bridges in ‘poor’ condition in Mass.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Tim Logan and Adam Vaccaro Globe Staff July 12, 2018 Construction in Greater Boston has long been complicated and costly, but a brewing global trade war threatens to make it even harder to get new projects off the ground.Tariffs imposed recently by the Trump administration on some of the country’s biggest trading partners are driving up the prices of lumber, steel, aluminum, and other building materials. That, in turn, could undermine the financial feasibility of major residential, commercial, and infrastructure developments here.The stakes are significant: On a major project, a few percentage points’ difference in the price of goods can amount to millions of dollars. In some cases, that could mean higher rents on apartments or more tax dollars spent on a new bridge. Advertisement For developers contemplating what amounts to a massive bet on a … [Read more...] about Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher
For an essential guide to the city, sign up for How to Boston, Boston.com’s weekly culture and lifestyle newsletter. Some of hip-hop’s hottest names will play one bill as labelmates. We’ll see the final Boston show of a songwriting legend. Those are just a few of the music events hitting Boston in June. Folk heroes Bonnie Prince BillyWhen he’s not behind the camera snapping photos or featuring in films on the other end of the camera, everything-man Will Oldham is performing his thought-provoking folk under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy. Having put out more than 20 studio albums over the past 20 years, the artist will make his way to The Wilbur, along with equally prolific songwriter Six Organs of Admittance. (Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur Theatre, Boston; $25-$35; all ages; with Six Organs of Admittance; tickets available here) Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Dwight YoakamThree acoustic stalwarts are joining forces for one big tour this … [Read more...] about 15 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this June