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To reform MBTA, stop its outsourcing, stop charging when service is canceled

To reform MBTA, stop its outsourcing, stop charging when service is canceled

The weather and MBTA chief Beverly Scott’s honesty have revealed the agency’s corruption and dysfunction.

A Better Cambridge calls on city to create 8,500 housing units within next 15 years

A Better Cambridge calls on city to create 8,500 housing units within next 15 years

An analysis by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council says the region needs more than 400,000 new housing units – including 8,500 in Cambridge – to meet expected demand in the coming 15 years.

McDonald’s should lead way in switching to serving meat raised without antibiotics

McDonald’s should lead way in switching to serving meat raised without antibiotics

Antibiotics fed to food animals to accelerate growth and prevent disease are helping create antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and McDonald’s serves lots of it – but doesn’t have to.

We’ve failed our vocational/tech students. Here’s how to fix district’s broken system.

We’ve failed our vocational/tech students. Here’s how to fix district’s broken system.

A vocational educational collaborative is adding questionable members and limiting choices, but students enter high school totally unaware of it, anyway, School Committee Fred Fantini says.

‘Special regular’ meeting Friday morning highlights council’s struggle against time

‘Special regular’ meeting Friday morning highlights council’s struggle against time

One city councillor wants the city’s 40-plus boards and commissions to clarify yearly goals and initiatives … but exempts the council itself. That seems not very self-aware.

Pearl Street redesign is chance to perfect the future of urban transportation in city

Pearl Street redesign is chance  to perfect the future of urban transportation in city

The MBTA is going through a rough time, but solutions to delays and breakdowns seem elusive. One obvious (albeit small) opportunity for improvement is redesigning Pearl Street. So far, the conversation about the reconstruction has erroneously been framed as a showdown between bikes and parking. In reality, the redesign is an opportunity to exemplify the […]

We’re getting a world-language poster, but world-language promise is ignored

We’re getting a world-language poster, but world-language promise is ignored

The district has failed to make any move toward fulfilling a world-language promise, but asks students to design posters extolling the wonders of learning foreign languages.

Strange Fruit in the Friendly Toast: Cocktail isn’t homage, it’s horror

Strange Fruit in the Friendly Toast: Cocktail isn’t homage, it’s horror

I don’t remember exactly what went into the drink, because I couldn’t entirely believe what I was seeing – a cocktail with a name that evokes hanging black bodies.

MBTA’s snow failure holds many lessons for angry, stranded, frozen commuters

MBTA’s snow failure holds many lessons for angry, stranded, frozen commuters

The MBTA failed big Monday, running trains that stalled, broke down and gave riders 2.5-hour commutes, but the real disaster was its typically terrible job of explaining what’s happening.

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Two of our longest-serving city councillors – Mayor David Maher and state Rep. Tim Toomey – argued in favor of being a rubber stamp to the city manager on his power to appoint, against their own oversight powers and city law.

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