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Fortunately, Irene just ended up resembling a bad nor’easter, but without the cold temperatures (or snow). We had high winds from about 9:30 – 10:30am, and if they had become progressively worse (as was predicted), it could have been pretty ugly. Didn’t turn out that way thankfully. In fact, it looks very clean out there.…

First, on Saturday, around noon, I observed this on Commonwealth Avenue: Because it’s not like it’s going to rain for the next 24 hours or anything. Second, we are once again reminded how poorly the Boylston Street Apple store fits with the Boston environment:

I’m Ready for the Hurricane…

…I’ve got water, flashlights, batteries, and my list of who gets cannibalized first when civilization disintegrates. I’m not sure how you prep this for the hurricane though: (corner of Berkeley and Marlborough, First Church in Boston) And I hope these guys survive:

One of the points about science funding I’ve tried to make over the years (we have been blogging a long time, haven’t we?) is that the overheads and indirect costs associated with federal grants drive a lot of university decisions–there’s a lot of money there. But this funding also has significant macroeconomic effects, especially in…

Monday, The NY Times had an interesting story about Zurich, Switzerland’s intentional policy of making car-based transportation utterly miserable–and thereby convincing people to use other transit options: While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments…

…well, it still sucks. And JPMorgan Chase isn’t helping: The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services says it wants to know why JPMorgan Chase is charging welfare recipients 85 cents each time they withdraw money from one of its bank machines, according to Rebecca Henrie, a spokesperson with DSHS’s Community Services Division.

If you’re in Boston this weekend, you should visit the Boston Public Library’s Civil War exhibits. While several exhibits will be open only during weekday business hours, the Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War exhibit is fantastic. There’s also a really good exhibit of Homer Winslow Civil War era prints, largely…

Remembering

Boston Common, Massachusetts Veterans Memorial (temporary display):

The Public Garden’s Swans Are Back!

This being Boston, we are completely cool with lesbian swans cohabitating in public. And little duckies, this is your doom: Seriously, I’m curious if they hunt ducklings this year (and now that I have a snazzy new iPhone, I’ll try to get video if they do).

Boston, like many cities that serve as a regional cultural hub, has a lot of property owned by non-profits. And all of that property is untaxed. How much? The Back Bay Sun notes: The exemptions began with church properties, spread to hospitals and learning institutions, then to museums. The combined value of Boston’s nonprofit properties…