Tag Archives: Boston

(724) Boston & the big snow

Wintry Commute Harvard AveStopping a major public transit provider in a northeastern US city usually takes some doing on the part of the weather but it does happen.  Bus service suffers initially and then the heavy rail and underground lines falter if you get enough of the white stuff.

Lacking transport, low-wage workers take a hit bostonglobe.com

See also:
(657) Snow days
(421) Let it snow

image: BU Interactive News via Flickr/Wikimedia Commons CC

(305) Served fresh daily: Boston city hall on wheels!

city-hall-to-go_tcm3-34670Okay, so, you see how the physical and psychological distances in Sprawl Land make employment and human connection problematic at times and you want to do something about that.  Well, you can try what Boston is up to.  They took one of those big old, slab-sided, aluminium-bodied vans the SWAT cops didn’t want any more.  They gave it a bright, snazzy, red paint job and a Twitter account so everybody can know where it’s going to on a given day.  Inside, they set it up to be a mobile city services office.  You can get pretty much any kind of service on board in your own ‘hood.  Wedding licence, permits, referrals and info.  Kinda like a bookmobile for those civil services.  What a cool idea!  This is bound to spread.

Boston City Hall To Go Truck Follows Food Truck Trend
govtech.com – see video as well

454 followers on Twitter

image: City of Boston

(48) Get me to a hospital!

America has think tanks.  It would be tough to count just how many there are.  Luckily, at least one or two are getting their collective brain power around suburban poverty.  This posting links to a research brief from the Center for Studying Health Care Change.  The brief looks at health care data for poorer suburban populations in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, and Seattle.  It seems these populations rely on visits to hospital emergency departments and face barriers to service including transportation.  Many suburban poor it seems also travel to hospitals in older core areas that face this demand for service on top of local, urban demands.  This document adds thoughtful detail to what suburban poverty means in the United States.
Suburban poverty and the health care safety net