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Councillors vent anger over Vail Court, but owners get week of breathing time

Councillors vent anger over Vail Court, but owners get week of breathing time

Long-simmering anger at the owners of the decrepit Vail Court apartments boiled over Monday at a meeting where city councillors moved to shut down a commercial parking lot they called likely illegal and potentially dangerous.

Winter’s costs so far top $5 million, causing city to rethink some rules

Winter’s costs so far top $5 million, causing city to rethink some rules

Brutal, unrelenting snow and cold is inspiring some new thinking about traffic and cars – even a demonstration of open-mindedness on considering whether people can reserve their street parking space spaces.

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Formal nomination papers aren’t filed with the Election Commission until the end of July, but lawyer Kim Courtney has announced that she is running and put up an extensive website explaining her platform.

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Limits on e-cigarettes and smoking in larger public parks were voted in Thursday by the City Council, but some exotic tobacco sales will still be allowed, and businesses offering outdoor hookah use can go on doing so.

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.

Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use

Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use

Smokers invoked the Declaration of Independence, social justice and the specter of recent police killings of people of color to argue against restrictions on smoking in public places heard Monday before the City Council.

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

What might be called the catastrophic success of development in the Alewife area makes it the place to start a citywide planning process, city managers told the City Council.

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Residents got credit from the city manager for raising the need for Planning Board renewal “in a powerful way that opened a lot of eyes” and caused city staff to work without rest since summer.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

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