On Biking: Fixing the Charles River bridges for bikers - Brookline - Your Town - Boston.com
Dear Ms. Shumaker and anyone else using this "McDonald's Property Rights" rationale:
"McDonald’s long-term lease guarantees the corporation’s property rights to its
Western Avenue location, according to [BRA spokesperson Jessica] Shumaker."
The City and Harvard could negotiate a reasonable price for the City to use its right of eminent domain to take the land needed for the extension of Telford Street. Maybe, in light of its impact on Allston and Brighton and its desire to help Western Ave someday gain the density needed to be a viable Main Street, Harvard would agree to allow the taking for $1 or 2.
McDonald's, as a tenant, would have no ability to veto this agreement between Harvard (the landowner) and the City. Maybe then McDonald's would be willing to continue doing business in their exisiting building and reconfigure their parking and drive-thru so it can remain a "fixture on Western Ave."
Education construction jobs a lesson in economy - Boston Business Journal
Former state Sen. Jarrett Barrios is expected to announce his endorsement of Democratic state Senate candidate Tim Flaherty in the upcoming Sept. 14 primary.
Sal DiDomenico said his campaign has received the "progressive" endorsements of Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Rep. Carl Sciortino
In Brooklyn Store, Everything’s Always 100% Off - NYTimes.com
More info at http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/pdfs/allstonbright.pdf
The quotes from Harvard and the BRA manage to avoid the issue that concerns many neighbors and that contradicts years of Harvard/BRA/community planning - to create jobs and economic and civic life on Western Ave, new construction should be multi-story mixed-use buildings, not one-story detached buildings like the proposed new McDonald's.
224 Western Ave (former Verizon building across from Smith Field)
Allston, MA 02134
Glassware, dishware, household appliances, books, new and used designer clothing, refurbished computers, select furniture items
At least 40% off retail prices
Automatic 10% discount on purchases over $200 (excluding computers)
August 13-14: 10am-5pm
August 15: Noon-5pm
Proceeds benefit Harvard Habitat for Humanity
Crumbling Allston Sidewalk Creating A Dangerhttp://wbztv.com/local/sidewalk.crumbling.allston.2.1855467.html
Cyclist is killed by a car in Brighton - The Boston Globe
Rebirth of a City - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
From "Syracuse as Anchor Institution"
Syracuse has been particularly attractive to people like Mr. Destito thanks to a forward-thinking coalition that includes Mayor Stephanie Miner; Nancy Cantor, the chancellor and president of Syracuse University; Joanie Mahoney, the executive of Onondaga County; and a mix of neighborhood groups and business associations. The university has bought empty industrial buildings and renovated them, using some of the space for programs and renting out the rest.
Neighborhood and Cultural Entrepreneurship
The entrepreneurs who will drive economic growth and job creation through the 21st century increasingly will come from our cities, from groups whose talents have gone largely untapped. SU is catalyzing communities of experts locally, nationally, and globally to tap that talent, as evident in the following projects.
South Side Innovation Center
Near West Side Initiative
South Side Initiative
Beer lovers, on the other hand, should head to Deep Ellum in Allston (477 Cambridge Street; 617-787-2337; deepellum-boston.com), an elegant pub with 28 taps that regularly rotate with Massachusetts breweries like Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project.
- Bluestone Bistro - 1799 Commonwealth Avenue
- Pizza Days, Inc. 111 Brighton Avenue
- Darbar Restaurant - 130 North Beacon Street
- 157-171 Brighton Avenue
- 82 Academy Hill Road
- 50 Chestnut Hill Avenue
- 49-51 Cushman Road
- Harvard's August 5 "coffee hour" with Bill Purcell and Kathy Spiegelman (8-9am @ 175 North Harvard St)
- The BRA's meeting about the Brighton Mills McDonald's on August 12 (6:30PM @ the Honan Library)