Boston Casting is holding an open call for age 18-plus Screen Actors Guild members from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Non-union talent will be seen from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a photo and resume to 129 Braintree St., Allston.
"..."In these and other leadership roles, he has emerged over the course of his distinguished career as one of the most thoughtful, insightful, and eloquent exponents of the power of public health to change lives for the better," University President Drew G. Faust said in a letter to the school community.
While the School of Public Health is often considered one of the best in the country—its masters of public health degree is the most selective program run by any school at Harvard—Frenk will face a few significant challenges as dean.
For example, the school has outgrown its rented office space in the Longwood Medical Area, and so one of Frenk's biggest tasks will be to plan and preside over a move to new facilities in Allston."
Now someone associated with the Charlesview Apartments is using the same approach and paying money to Google every time someone clicks on their sponsored link, which informs us that Charlesview is "Revilatizing Allston-Brighton".
Patrick signs biofuels law - The Green Blog - A Boston Globe blog on living Green in Boston
Today on the site, some much needed preparatory work is being done, courtesy of Harvard University. The old juniper bushes had some serious root systems that needed to be removed before anything new could be planted. We are fortunate that Harvard has provided this heavy machinery and work crew to remove the roots and help create a fertile home for the new plants.
About this all I can come up with is that a few of the major roads have been paved in the past few years (Western Ave, Everett St). Some of the bike path along the Charles as also been repaved. The media is writing a lot of stories about more people biking, but I don't notice any significant difference on the roads.
What are your observations? Have there been other improvements for biking near where you live or ride? Are you seeing more bikes on the road? Are you riding a bike more now than you were a year or two ago?
Educating people about how to reduce their energy bills or subsidizing the cost of more efficient appliances and accessories are forms of community service that could help people's bank accounts and our environment while reducing our dependence on oil.
These two areas are comparable in their length (a bit less than 1 mile) and that they are two of the only areas of Boston where a residential area is in close proximity to the river. Elsewhere there are large institutional landowners (Harvard, BU) or industrial owners like CSX (Beacon Yards railroad).
In the Back Bay, crossings to the river (going from east to west) start at Mass Ave with the ramp that leads down from the Mass Ave bridge to the river. Traditional overpasses cross near Fairfield and Dartmouth Streets. The fourth bridge over this one mile stretch of road is the iconic Arthur Fiedler Footbridge near Arlington Street. A 5th overpass is just a 1/3 of a mile away at the end of Charles Street. As a result, one need walk no more than 1/6th of a mile to get to a bridge that provides access to the Charles.
There is only one safe option to get from North Allston and North Brighton to the river, the overpass at Telford St. Perhaps because of its awkward location and uninspired design, people seem to rarely use it. Most people, even if their trip is quite short, seem to drive their cars and park in the 200+ car parking lot (by far the largest parking lot along the river).
Western Ave and Everett St make a lot of sense for safer pedestrian connections to the river. The back of Smith Field is also a possibility and Cambridge St is an important connection to the river, either for people biking to downtown or crossing into Cambridge heading towards Central Sq, MIT, or Kendall Sq.
New overpasses could cost at least a couple million dollars and as walkinginfo.org explains, pedestrian overpasses should be a "measure of last resort". Improving the at-grade crossings would be a great place to start.
1) 332 Chestnut Hill Ave - proposal to demolish gas station and build 5 story retail/residential building (story from the TAB) - Design Review at 3:30, discussion and vote at 5:30
2) Proposed demolition of 3 houses at 188, 192, 196 Foster St - Demolition Delay hearing at 6:25
In North Brighton, uneasy passage to river - The Boston Globe
Trying to Build a Greener Britain, Home by Home - NYTimes.com
If you are interested in the visible electric meter described in the story, one version is the PowerCost Monitor. And the Department of Energy has some interesting data about where in our homes electricity is used.
Harvard - Allston Campus - Page 43 - archBOSTON.org
The meeting will be at the Allston/Brighton Resource Center, 367 Western Avenue (across the street from the McDonalds at the Brighton Mills shopping center).
Our planting days are scheduled for 8/2 and 8/3 (Saturday and Sunday).
Tues. July 22 12:00 pm
Massachusetts State House, Rm 544.
For more information contact Athena Laines (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Performances run through mid-September and are a great chance to enjoy some fresh air and drama on the banks of the Charles.
Upcoming group design sessions at 175 North Harvard Street will be
Saturday, July 19 from 1:30- 3:30 PM
Thursday, August 6 from 6:30-8:00 PM
Saturday, August 9 from 1:30-3:30 PM
For more information contact Peter Bowne at 617-869-6720, email@example.com
You can learn about last night's session at Gene Koo's blog
Switzerland is a big improvement over Western Siberia! Swiss cheese for everyone!
Ms. Heenan will replace Alan Stone in a position where she will greatly be able to influence Harvard's relationship with its Allston neighbors. In addition to being founder and president of the Clarendon Group she served as Communications Director for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign earlier this year.
Many people have suggested that a meaningful, mutually beneficial partnership with Harvard could focus on improving elementary and high school education in Allston. So it is a pleasant coincidence that, according to this profile in Rhode Island Monthly, Ms. Heenan has a deep interest in urban education and would "love to be directly involved in the motivating and educating of kids."
The developer, probably realizing that they were unlikely to get approval, is withdrawing the application.
There is no need to attend the hearing on Tuesday morning at City Hall.
Governor Patrick yesterday vetoed $122.5 million from the state budget approved by legislators earlier this month. Here are items in the Conference Committee Budget specifically mentioning A/B that was sent to the Governor.
not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Herter Center in the Christian A. Herter Park located in Allston-Brighton section of the city of Boston for the purpose of preserving educational and cultural materials that benefit the commonwealth$50,000 shall be expended for the Allston-Brighton Vocational Center (VAC) for the continued operation of a job training and placement center;
not less than $25,000 be expended for the Area Planning Action Council (APAC) in Allston-
Brighton to implement a Project Place Program to assist in the operation of a career development department
not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation’s continued operation of a grant program to enhance housing quality standards;
not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the continued operation of computer technology centers at the Commonwealth Housing Development, the Jackson Mann Community Center and the Power Up Center at Brighton High School
$50,000 shall be expended for the Oak Square YMCA in the Brighton section of the city of Boston
a Total Immersion program in conjunction with the probation departments of the... Brighton division of the district court, and other district courts
Boston Green Award recipient defeats poison ivy - The Boston Globe
Boston is also thinking about bike rentals and I think this could be a wonderful part of the transportation solution for Harvard's campus expansion. City Councilor John Connolly has filed legislation and the Mayor's administration is also working on it. You can read a note from John and comments from others over at the Blue Mass Group website.
The greening of Boston's taxi fleet - The Boston Globe
As the commenter mentions, in the abstract the idea of renting trucks when people need the extra capacity is much better than people always driving that are much bigger than what they need to drive most of the time. In the same vein, storage facilities are better than people buying houses big enough to store things that they only rarely need to access.
But just as Allston and Brighton already have more storage facilities than we need, we also have more truck rental businesses than we need. We also get more air pollution than the average neighborhood from the cars and trucks on the Mass Pike, Soldiers Field Rd, etc. And Lincoln Street is a particularly dangerous street which doesn't need any more truck traffic.
And finally, from an environmental viewpoint, makes no sense to put storage warehouses (which people visit rarely) in our urban centers. Using this land for housing and commercial space, to let people live closer to their jobs and reduce commuting distances, would be preferable. Housing for something like 75 people could have been built on the 1.2 acres used for the storage warehouse on Lincoln St. If those people worked in nearby job centers in Boston or Cambridge (and especially if they were able to walk, bike, or take public transportation to work) we would following best practices recommended by many sustainability experts. The Urban Land Institute's paper Growing Cooler: Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change is a great overview of how compact cities with housing and jobs in close proximity are key to significant improvements in our environment.
The portal at 175 N Harvard St will be open 3-6 in the afternoon, Monday-Thursday.
Movie night at the portal on Wednesday, July 16. Finding Nemo at 5:30, Gattaca at 8.
Science Fair @ 3:00 on July 26 at the portal.
Blodgett Pool open 5-8 in the evening, Monday-Friday through Labor Day. Get a membership card at the Ed Portal (proof of North Allston / North Brighton residency required).
The hearing is Tuesday morning, so letters need to be mailed ASAP to:
Board of Appeal, 1010 Massachusetts Ave, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02118
You can send a fax to the Board of Appeal at 617-635 2918. It is also important to let our City Councilor Mark Ciommo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and our neighborhood coordinator in the Mayor's Office (Daniel.Roan@cityofboston.gov) know how you feel about this. They tell me they haven't yet decided if they will support or oppose this request, so your feedback can help make a difference.
Lincoln Street, with its existing traffic, is already too dangerous. In June 2004 a bicyclist on Lincoln St was hit by a car and killed near the intersection with Franklin St. In February 2005 a car crashed through the brick wall on Lincoln St near the intersection with Everett St. There have been other deadly accidents on Lincoln Street in the past and there have been many more accidents where cars have gone off the road and damaged property.
Two years ago when the developers of the storage warehouse at 156 Lincoln St sought community support and zoning relief there was no mention of truck rental. To the contrary, they told the community that they were creating a low traffic use. They should not be able to go back on their promise just a few weeks after completing construction and opening for business. Truck rental is not a low traffic use. People driving to our neighborhood to rent trucks, driving out of our neighborhood in the rented truck, returning the rental truck, and leaving our neighborhood in their personal vehicle creates 4 vehicle trips for each rental. This is not the "low traffic" use we were promised.
There are several businesses in Allston and Brighton that already offer truck rental. In my opinion, the residents of Allston and Brighton don't need more trucks in our neighborhood on an already unsafe street.
156 Lincoln St - Change the legal occupancy from a storage facility to a storage facility and truck rental use
14 Ridgemont St - Create off street parking for two vehicles
95 Everett St - Change the legal occupancy from a garage and spray booth to an adult education center.
Harvard University (1320 Soldiers Fields Road) - Change the legal occupancy from offices to offices and research labs, and renovate
Blanchard’s (99-103 Harvard Ave) has petitioned to amend the description of the licensed business- From – With entrance at 103 Harvard Avenue, rear door to alley for stock two rooms on street floor, cellar for stock; employee lounge and office; office on second floor.To – With entrance at 103 Harvard Avenue; in three rooms on street floor with employee lounge and office; rear door to alley for stock; delivery /receiving area with door at south side of building; cellar for stock; tasting room and office; office on second floor.
More info at http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/pdfs/allstonbright.pdf
- Holton St Corridor update
- Everett St tree planting design
- Public Realm discussion to prepare for July 23 Community-Wide Plan meeting
- Overview of community survey coming later this summer
Another interesting reference is The Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act, also known as Chapter 91.
The Commonwealth formally established the program in 1866, but the philosophy behind Chapter 91 dates back to the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, most notably in the Colonial Ordinances of 1641-1647.
The Colonial Ordinances codified the "public trust doctrine," a legal principle that dates back nearly 2000 years, which holds that the air, the sea and the shore belong not to any one person, but rather to the public at large.
In fact, these notions date back thousands of years to the concepts of civil law in ancient Rome.
For some things by the law of nature are common to all; some are public; some belong to corporate bodies, and some belong to no one...
By the law of nature these things are common to mankind---the air, running water, the sea, and consequently the shores of the sea.
Some communities are "Trying Everything Against Geese", and it would be nice if the DCR was doing a lot more at Herter Park on this subject.
At some other parks, DCR has installed fencing between the water and grass to prevent the geese from coming on shore to graze.
It's not so much the geese themselves but the huge amount of waste they leave behind that would be nice to see gone.
Price tag aside, $15m boathouse aimed for public - The Boston Globe
State Senator Mark C. Montigny questioned why a project with such well-heeled backing needs state help at all. "I would hardly say rowing is high on the priority list" for the state, the Democrat from New Bedford said in a recent telephone interview. Especially for a group that "thinks rowing is the best thing since golf."
It was the same Senator Montigny who wrote the following in legislation last year, so what's wrong with promoting recreational activity in a rowing shell?
"the commonwealth has a responsibility to promote educational and recreational activity as well as exercise opportunities to enhance the health and welfare of our citizens"
If Mr. Montigny or anyone else is really concerned about State money and use of the Charles River, read this 2004 story about the leases that Harvard and other universities, with a lot more money that Community Rowing, have for their private boat houses on the Charles. For starters, how about Harvard getting a 99 year lease for $500 a year to lease the Weld Boathouse?
Some people at Universal Hub think the previous paragraph is an attempt to pick on Harvard. That isn't my intent. My point is that if we are so worried about maximizing revenue and minimizing expenses along the Charles River, attacking a small subsidy for Community Rowing is not the place to start. Many institutions and organizations use the Charles River in a lot of ways for their own public, semi-public, or private benefit. The public organizations like Community Rowing, Charles River Canoe and Kayak, and Community Boating deserve public support, as far as I am concerned. Something seems out of balance to me when public canoe and kayak rentals are done from a tiny hut with a dock that barely floats, while within a mile there are multiple private, first-class, boat houses. Maybe public access to a public resource should at least be in the same ballpark as the private access to the same public resource.
Too often it seems like we assume that the benefit of one group must come at the expense of the other - the better it is for you, the worse it is for me. This is like the graph on the left where the outcome is a zero-sum game. For each bit of improvement that you get I lose an equal amount (and vice-versa).
But a better approach can yield a more mutually beneficial curve like the one in the middle. Maybe even in some cases we could strive for the right-hand graph, where an improvement for one group has no negative effect on the other. For any of this to be possible, everyone involved must be willing to actually negotiate in good faith, something that doesn't always seem to happen as much as it could.
"Escalating a simmering town-gown feud, Mayor Thomas M. Menino denounced Boston College's $1 billion expansion plan yesterday as an intrusion into the Brighton neighborhood and accused university leaders of arrogance in pursuing development goals with little regard for residents' concerns."
Waltham cabinet maker has 'green' vision - The Daily News Tribune