City works to assist middle-income housing construction

With housing prices squeezing middle class renters and buyers in Boston, the rising cost of land remains a challenge to efforts to hold down the cost of new units. The administration of Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking to reduce that ...

Roxbury's Highland Park versus City Realty on Juniper Street project

Members of the neighborhood association in Roxbury’s Highland Park came together for an emergency meeting on Jan. 23. Developers were due to appear the following morning before the city’s zoning board, where they would seek zoning relief to allow them ...

The multitalented Matthew Washington Bullock

A star athlete in both high school and college, Harvard-trained attorney Matthew Washington Bullock coached high school and college football, taught at Morehouse College, served as special assistant attorney general for Massachusetts, and became the first black chairman of the ...

Black Masons owe lineage to 18th century Boston pioneer Prince Hall

Throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe there are freemason’s whose lineage began here in Boston in 1775, when Prince Hall and 14 other freed black men applied secured a charter to join the international association.

City, neighborhood group at odds over Roxbury housing competition

The housing competition was never given a green light, according to Elisa and other GTNA members. The dispute has pitted the neighborhood group against members of its own housing committee and city officials.

Boston Fire Department hiring few people of color

Since 2011, people of color have comprised half or more of Boston’s population, but to date, only 25 percent of the fire department is non-white, according to a letter the Lawyers’ Committee sent to Mayor Martin Walsh and Fire Commissioner ...

Senate president supports criminal justice reforms

Last week legislative action seemed imminent when state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg committed to work for legislative fixes supported by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, including pretrial bail reform, the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, the ...

Turnaround status for two Boston high schools

Two Boston high schools that fell to Level 4 status this year are slated for major staffing changes. On Friday, Feb. 3, about 90 percent of teachers and staff at Brighton High and Excel High were slated to receive dismissal ...

Gail Jackson-Blount

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Board of Directors announces the appointment of Gail Jackson-Blount as board President

Menino Survey of Mayors shows poverty, inclusion of minorities high concerns for many mayors

Research from the third annual Menino Survey of Mayors reflects an increased concern among the nation’s mayors that they need to do more to include poor and minority residents.

Proposals are in for city’s Roxbury housing competition

A jury of design experts, city officials and residents of Roxbury’s Garrison Trotter sub-neighborhood is evaluating six development proposals submitted as part of a city of Boston pilot Housing Innovation Competition launched last November.

"Seeking Hope Beyond the Headlines: A night of reflection and healing."

"Seeking Hope Beyond the Headlines: A night of reflection and healing." Rev. Liz Walker invites you to an evening of sharing our experiences of and reactions to the events of these past weeks and months in our wider world.

Massachusetts State Representative Carvalho files bill to improve Fairmount Line service

State Rep. Evandro Carvalho last week filed legislation that would reduce the wait times on the Fairmount commuter rail line from 40 to 15 minutes during peak hours and allow riders to use Charlie Cards to pay for their fares. ...

Governor Baker’s budget proposal does little for schools, a lot for healthcare

While the governor’s budget proposal makes strides in addressing health care coverage needs, many also say it does not alleviate the budget stress of beleaguered public education institutions of all levels.

Boston city officials unveil new school budget plan

The city’s proposed school budget puts a focus on extended learning time, rigorous fifth grade coursework and meeting needs of homeless students. Overall, the budget represents a 2.8 to 3.7 percent increase, BPS officials say. Meanwhile the inflation rate is ...