City of Boston

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No more traffic?
Boston partners with Google's Waze app to improve traffic flow in the city
Waze logo added to a recent photo of the Southeast Expressway via BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF
Mayor Martin Walsh made yet another move that shows just how far the city of Boston is willing to go in its quest to improve its citizens' lives by using new technologies and data collected by Internet companies, mobile application makers, and others. As traffic becomes a hot-button issue — the other major transportation problem besides the MBTA to arise as Boston has been buried by snow — the city said today that it has formed a new data-sharing partnership with real-time traffic application Waze. Read More
It's not easy being green
'Greenline' could save time for students traveling the city's most unreliable subway line
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A new MBTA tracking app launched today that could make a huge difference in the lives of students and other Bostonians who rely on the Green Line as a life line to other parts of the city. The new Greenline app is far from unique in terms of being an MBTA-focused application —  there are more than 80 different MBTA mobile applications available for use — however, its creator, Alex Grinman, an MIT senior, says the new transit app is different in that it uses real-time data for the Green Line, the most technologically ignored transit line in the city.Read More
The blizzard through the eyes of Boston's best Instagrammers
Brayan Mesa's photo of the  city dusted in snow earned a feature on the IGERSBoston Instagram feed. (Photo: Brayan Mesa)
The city never looked so good. The open photography community "Instagrammers of Boston" is a daily picture contest of sorts, featuring one stunning view of the city from thousands of submissions from photographers on Instagram.  But as the snow fell on the city Tuesday, the group ran a winter spectacular, curating a selection of the best views of the snow on the network. Read More
too hot to handle
Remember that time Mayor Curley asked MIT for flamethrowers to melt the snow?
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The year 1948 was a bit of a doozy in terms of snowfall in the Commonwealth, with record-setting numbers logged after several storms. But after the city of Boston was pummeled with 89.2 inches, Mayor James Curley sent a letter to the president of MIT asking for help. Would the Institute please ready a flame-throwing apparatus to get rid of the stuff when it melted? Read More
A new year, a new start
Investing, identity, ice cream: Six New Year's resolutions for Boston startups
Fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight on new year's eve. (Photo: Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
My pants are too tight. My blood sugar is all out of whack and I am pretty sure that I did something terrible to the Jello mold at the company office party. It looks like the holiday season has passed us and that the new year is finally upon us. It’s time for us to resolve to do better in 2015. Read More