Report of Uber ‘Greyball’ Tactics Concerns Boston Officials

Uber has used a secret tool to prevent authorities such as police officers and government inspectors from hailing rides in markets where the service was under scrutiny by local governments, the New York Times reported Friday. The report said the feature, called Greyball, was utilized in Boston. The program makes […]

Could the State Pull the Plug on Greenway Funding?

Could the Greenway soon become the “Brownway”? The state is poised to pull the plug on millions of dollars in funding for the nonprofit that runs the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, setting off tense behind-the-scenes negotiations between state, city, and business officials over the park’s future. The Greenway Conservancy, which […]

City Pressing State for More Neighborhood-Based Liquor Licenses

City officials are pressing state lawmakers to add dozens more liquor licenses in Boston that would be designated for specific neighborhoods, in a move those officials say would close gaps in the law and boost struggling communities like Mattapan. The current law sought to spread the licenses among seven neighborhoods, […]

State Rep. Michlewitz Proposes New Regulations on Short-Term Rentals (AirBnb)

A new legislative proposal by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz would enforce a three-tier regulation on properties being rented on a short-term basis through online portals such as AirBnB, HomeAway, and Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO). This issue first arose two years ago when, driven by neighborhood questions and concerns, State Reps Aaron […]

AirBNB Taxes, Regulation in New House Bill

Short-term rentals such as Airbnb units would be regulated more like hotels, taxed and subject to inspections, insurance requirements, and registration with the state, under legislation due for introduction Monday by a House leader. The bill calls for significantly more taxation and regulation than separate plans previously backed by Governor […]

For Harbor Garage Project, Space is the Current Frontier

The latest twist is that the city might require more open space on the site than it previously proposed, reducing the footprint of what Chiofaro could build. The potential adjustment comes after the Boston Planning & Development Agency sifted through hundreds of community comment letters and found that neighbors and […]