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Boston is Tweaking Maximum Parking Hours in the Innovation District to Open Up More Spaces

On Saturday, November 15, the Boston Transportation Department announced that major parking changes will soon be made in the city's Innovation District. Effective Monday, November 17, the amount of time people park their cars at metered spaces will be changed in order to make parking more efficient in the heavily trafficked neighborhood.

 

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which is currently tinkering with the idea of a pay-by-voice parking meter payment platform, collected parking data specific to the Innovation District to determine best practices for alleviating the pain that often accompanies parking.

 

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Innovation Districts Are Catalysts for Urban Growth

For the past 50 years Silicon Valley and Research Triangle Park epitomized the environments where the nation’s innovations germinated. Now, there’s a noticeable shift to a new complementary urban model, unleashing exciting opportunities for cities and city leaders: innovation districts.

 

The National League of Cities and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program have both observed how innovation districts are emerging in dozens of cities in the United States and abroad. From Barcelona to Baltimore, to Stockholm and Seattle, innovation districts represent a radical departure from traditional economic development (e.g., housing, retail, sports stadiums) and help cities move up the value chain of global competitiveness by growing the firms, networks and traded sectors that drive broad-based prosperity.

 

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The Fort Point Neighborhood is Displaying More Public Art Than Ever Before

On Wednesday, October 29, as the sun began setting behind Boston's cityscape, illuminating the sky with hues of pink, orange and yellow, several patrons gathered in Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood to admire New England's richest arts district. Emily O'Neil, executive director of Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), hosted a tour to show artists, advocates, board members and one dashing reporter that the community is currently displaying more public art than it ever has before.

 

The group convened at the corner of A and Binford streets, at which point O'Neil noted that Fort Point, despite being a community deeply rooted in the arts, is experiencing a cultural renaissance of sorts. Perhaps it's the involvement and support of local organizations – four of the pieces were funded by Fund for the Arts, a public program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and one by the Friends of Fort Point Channel and the Fort Point Operations Board – or maybe it's the echoes of civic innovation sprouting up in the form of next-generation living spaces.

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Boston Is Finally Getting A Skate Park

BOSTON — Skaters rejoice, it’s finally happening. Nearly two decades after it was first thought up, Boston is getting a public skate park.

 

A groundbreaking ceremony is being held Thursday morning for the Lynch Family Skatepark and organizers expect it to open by this time next year.

 

The $3 million, 40,000-square-foot skaters’ paradise will be located in East Cambridge near North Point Park, underneath ramps to I-93. The park is designed to accommodate skateboarders, BMX riders, rollerbladers, scooter riders and athletes in wheelchairs. The venue will also have seating for spectators and will be able to accomodate community events as well as professional skating competitions.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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The Best Day to Buy Airline Tickets

Looking for an airfare deal? Your odds improve if you buy on the weekend.

 

A new deep dive into airline fares suggests Sunday is the best day to find low fares. This is a departure from the conventional wisdom of recent years, when Tuesday was considered the best bet.

 

Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes tickets for travel agencies and handles about half of all tickets sold, tallied up ticket sales. Over a 19-month period ending in July, 130 million domestic and international round-trip tickets worth $94 billion showed the lowest average price, of $432, was on Sunday. At $439, Saturday’s average is also lower than Tuesday, which averages $497.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

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