City Councilor Michelle Wu called for sweeping change to Boston’s development review process Monday by proposing that the Boston Planning and Development Agency be abolished — overdue action needed to address the city’s pressing problems, she said. Wu, detailing the proposal in a 54-page report, said the agency has only served the well-connected in an outdated system designed 60 years ago that lacks accountability and transparency. Meanwhile, Boston’s modern day problems have continued on, unchecked, she says. “Instead of delivering the resources to address our most urgent challenges, Boston’s development process is making our problems worse,” Wu wrote in the report, titled, “Fixing Boston’s Broken Development Process: Why and How to Abolish the BPDA.” “We’re more and more anxious about rising home prices and rents, frustrated daily by increasingly awful commutes, and scared about the flooding and extreme heat … [Read more...] about Michelle Wu wants to abolish the BPDA. Here’s what to know.
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One size does not fit all when it comes to traveling and exploring the world. For plus-size globetrotters, that presents some challenges along the way, whether it’s too-snug airplane seats or spa robes meant for someone of more diminutive stature. Take heart, though—the problems are surmountable. Where there is a desire to take a journey, there are workable solutions to ensure grand experiences. Tips for Plus-Size Travelers Here are tips geared to fellow voyagers of size, gleaned from my own travels as a Rubenesque gal who has racked up visits to more than 70 countries. Choose Size-Friendly Airlines In the U.S., most airlines require that you be able to lower both armrests and buckle up your seatbelt (using one extender). That’s the litmus test in determining whether you may be required to buy an adjacent (aka “comfort”) seat. If you do need an additional “comfort” seat, you’ll need to call the airline directly to book them. Policies … [Read more...] about 9 Tips for Savvy Plus-Size Travelers
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Dave Sheen wore out his father's World War II field jacket during junior high. But like so many in the baby boomer generation, Dave seldom heard his father, Merle, talk about the war. He remembers Merle saying that wars don't solve anything. They just kill people. And he remembers hearing his father tell his mother that he wanted to return to France, Belgium and the Netherlands someday to see the countries "when they weren't all torn up." Merle never got the chance. The Janesville insurance adjuster died in 1976, before Dave ever asked him about his wartime experiences. But Dave was lucky. His father, who earned the Silver and Bronze stars and Purple Heart, survived some of Europe's most horrific fighting, and the Army kept a paper trail of his push into Germany with the famed 30th Infantry Division, The Janesville Gazette reported. Known as Old Hickory, the 30th Division was regarded as the cream of the crop among U.S. fighting units. The 30th fought at … [Read more...] about Wisconsin man retraces father’s WWII footsteps in Europe
Tips : Accommodation Related: Capri, Capri Palace, Capri Tiberio Palace Situated in the Campania region of southern Italy, the Bay of Naples, or Gulf of Naples (Golfo di Napoli) as it is sometimes known, is a very popular place to visit, not only for its delicious food, intriguing history, architecture and cafe culture, but also, for its beautiful scenery and high end luxury hotels. Approximately 15km wide and opening westwards into the Mediterranean, the Bay of Naples reaches from Naples and Pozzuoli at its northern edge, to the Sorrentine Peninsula at its southern, with Mount Vesuvius lying on its eastern border. The Bay has many attractions to offer including the islands of Capri which houses many of the most luxury hotels in the area. Ischia and Procida are just a short ferry-ride away from Naples and Sorrento across the Bay, whilst the old Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum are jam-packed full of archaeological interest. It is best to plan your trip to the Bay of Naples in … [Read more...] about Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels in the Bay of Naples
1:19 p.m.: Excellently schemed play there for Washington that goes for 65 yards and a touchdown. First time the Patriots have trailed all season long. 1:16 p.m.: Worth watching. Redskins got the Patriots there with a well-executed coverage sack on third down to force the punt. No score with just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter. 1:13 p.m.: Patriots defensive starters: Butler, Shelton, Guy, Collins, Van Noy, Hightower, Roberts, Gilmore, J. McCourty, D. McCourty, Harmon. Offensive starters: Brady, Michel, Johnson, Edelman, Gordon, LaCosse, Cannon, Mason, Karras, Thuney, Newhouse. 1:07 p.m.: Great start for the New England defense, one capped off by the Chase Winovich sack there on third down. No explosion at all from Adrian Peterson? It’s going to be a long day for Washington. Opponents are now 7-for-53 on third down against the Patriots defense this season. 1:02 p.m: The Redskins win the toss and will get the ball. Time for the foosball! 12:27 p.m.: All right … [Read more...] about Live Updates: Redskins 7, Patriots 0 (1)