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Ride Sharing Legislation's Impact on the BCEC and Seaport District

"The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is warning that the bill to regulate Uber and Lyft now before the Legislature could cut the popular ride-hailing services from a large swath of South Boston’s booming Seaport District.

 

A measure that would give licensed taxis five years of exclusive rights to the BCEC would force the convention center to use a “geo-fence,” or electronic blocker, to restrict the app-based ride-hailing services from accessing customers there, said James Folk, the BCEC’s transportation director."

 

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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!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Innovation District Redefining Startup Ecosystems

"In January 2010, during is fifth innaugural address, then Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared his vision to redevelop the city's Seaport District into a new 'Innovation District'. 'A new approach is called for on the waterfront,' he said, 'one that is both more deliberate and more experimental. Together, we should develop these thousand acres into a hub for knowledge workers and creative jobs.'

 

Emerging in urban centers across the country, city-level innovation disctricts are geographically distinct areas, intended to attract cutting-edge companies, research institutions, startups, accelerators, and other related entities, creating a dense community of innovators and entrepreneurs..."

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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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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Editorial: Driven by choices

Beacon Hill is considering legislation that would ban Uber and Lyft from picking up passengers at Logan Airport and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. But the agency that runs the Seaport convention mecca — to its credit — isn’t waiting to see whether this bit of naked protectionism for taxi companies wins the day.


The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority plans to designate specific pickup spots for passengers who choose to summon a ride on their smartphones, rather than waiting in line at the cab stand.

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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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3rd Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

"In a somber ceremony attended by Governer Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, relatives of those who died three years ago in the Boston Marathon bombing laid memorial wreaths near the Boylston Street finish line Friday.

 

The ritual marked the start of what is now known as  'One Boston Day' as the city remembers April 15, 2013, when two bombs were detonated near the finish line, killing 8-year-old Martin Richard, 23-year-old Lingzi Lu, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, and injuring hundreds of others..."

 

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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!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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