Walsh stands tall: now how about Boston 2030?

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who has long seemed in thrall to the Boston 2024 Olympic bid, said at a press conference this morning that he refuses "to mortgage the future of the city away." He added, "I will not sign a document that puts one penny of taxpayers' money on the line for Olympics cost …

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Fox Olympics debate more heat than light

A serious debate over the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston was a good idea.  What took place Thursday night wasn't. Promising a no-rules, informal format, the two moderators (the Boston Globe's Sasha Pfeiffer and Fox 25's Maria Stephanos) let the Boston 2024 supporters run roughshod over the opponents and the moderators themselves.  Five …

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Charlie Baker: charm, practicality and reassurance

The question during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign was often "Will the real Charlie Baker please stand up?"  Today, Governor Baker stood before a meeting of the New England Council, the real Charlie Baker, the one I knew from his days in the highest echelons of the Weld and Cellucci administrations.  He is smart, comfortable in …

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T troubles from the can kicked down the road

In Mumbai, train service was once so slow passengers rioted and burned train stations.  In Bangkok, a one-way commute can take four hours.  Manila's public transport relies on Jeepneys, modeled on WW II jeeps and hazardous to passenger comfort and safety.  But the performance of the MBTA of late shows Greater Boston has the best Third World transit system …

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Rise up, ye garden party skunks

Driving down the Mass Pike the day after Boston was tapped for the 2024 U.S. summer Olympics bid, there on the WGBH electronic billboard, the five Olympic rings logo against our beautiful skyline. A frisson of excitement. Wow; it's coming here! Congratulations to the bidding group. And in a split second, I wondered what (and who) …

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