City of Boston

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Snowstorm, traffic, Waze partnership dominate Mayor Walsh's data-themed meeting
Mayor Walsh has one Cabinet meeting a month focus on the city'd data projects. (Photo: Wendy Maeda/Boston Globe file)
Friday morning on City Hall Plaza, a team from the navigation and traffic avoidance app Waze, which recently announced partnership with the City of Boston, was handing out free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and hot cocoa in an effort to recruit more users. Consider it an even exchange: Dunks for data. Data was also a theme inside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Martin J. Walsh opened up his monthly data-focused Cabinet meeting to reporters, and shared the latest info on traffic patterns, snow removal services, and other metrics that they city has been tracking — and promoting — since the Mayor first took office. Read More
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