Category Archives: Boston

MBTA’s “Transit Diary” a failure before it has even begun

The MBTA is currently beta-testing a project & corresponding web application called “Transit Diary“. Its purpose is to collect data directly from riders about their experiences riding the T, presumably to help the T evaluate how well it is serving riders’ needs and where service-improvement efforts should be focused. Unfortunately, Transit Diary employs obsolete, inferior… Read More »

Olympics in Boston: Just Say No

I have lived in Boston since 1989. I have been a homeowner here, in Brighton, since 1997. My wife and I have five children, all of whom were born in Boston, and two of whom are in Boston Public Schools. We are Bostonians. And we absolutely, positively, do not want Boston to host the Olympics in 2024.

“Beantown AutoMobile Detailing” vandalizes my car, refuses to clean it up

On Wednesday night, April 16, 2014, after our minivan sat idle for two days while we celebrated the beginning of the holiday of Passover, I went out to run an errand and found a sodden, disintegrating advertisement from “Beantown AutoMobile [sic] Detailing” stuck between the driver’s side window and its lower rubber gasket. When I… Read More »

A rotten start to my week, courtesy of, yet again, the Boston Public Schools

To: Maria Vieira, Assignment Specialist, Boston Public Schools To: Evelyn Adario, Assistant Director of Envrollment Planning and Support, Boston Public Schools To: Denise Snyder, Senior Director of Welcome Services, Boston Public Schools Cc: Boston City Councilor John R. Connolly Cc: Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo Cc: John McDonough, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools Cc: Boston School… Read More »

Why does dealing with the Boston Public Schools always have to be so unpleasant?

To: Acting BPS Superintendent John McDonough Cc: Boston School Committee Cc: City Councillor Mark Ciommo Cc: City Councillor and mayoral candidate John Connolly Cc: Mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie Cc: Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak Dear Superintendent McDonough, Why does it have to be consistently so painful  to deal with the BPS administration? Some of the… Read More »