- May 25, 2006
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2018 is a long ways away (in terms of politics), but I don't think Baker has a chance of being defeated barring a major blunder in the coming months.Lots of speculation out there about the Gubernatorial race in 2 years, a lot can change by then, but here's how I see things currently:
(1) Setti Warren leaving the mayoral office, hiring John Walsh, seems likely to be running.
(2) Seth Moulton's been more vocal about issues in parts of the state other than his own district, leading to speculation, chances unclear
(3) Someone is trying to convince Kerry to run, very unlikely. Especially if Setti Warren runs.
Baker's chances at reelection seem extremely high. He hasn't made any major blunders, which is what is most important to keep the incumbency edge. The Globe has had some nonsense about him being Pro on 2 helping him in cities, but I think that is clearly repudiated by the results of the vote. That said, I don't think his positions on questions 2 and 4 will actually hurt him much, if at all. He didn't really stick his neck out much on either of them and instead spent the 2016 election grinding at his job trying to avoid questions about the Presidential race. Grinding at the job will help come 2018.
NBC just put this to bed. NBC Boston will now serve about 275,000 more OTA viewers than WHDH does, as they will simulcast on 3 stations: WTMU (now WBTS), WNEU and now WMFP (channel 60.5).Just a heads up, a large portion of Boston area TV viewers without cable will lose NBC coverage when NBC moves WHDH to a new OTA station. This is exactly why we have antitrust regulations, Comcast which owns NBC is trying to force viewers to buy their service in order to get NBC coverage. Fortunately Ed Markey and Liz Warren are putting pressure on Comcast but I worry that it is too late for the switch-over January 1st of this year.
By slowing development, the new zoning bylaws could also create more affordable housing, supporters say.
Under the new zoning rules, each new unit must come with 1.5 parking spots, up from 0.9 spaces. Since parking requirements are always rounded up, a new building with three two-bedroom apartments must include five parking spots. (Studio and one-bedroom units need only one space.)
NIMBY logic says that traffic is caused by people circling blocks looking for a place to park. This logic holds that off-street parking mitigates traffic issues.1.5 parking spots?!?!?
It's usually the NIMBY side that complains about more and more traffic. Adding more cars to the mix certainly won't help. Not only that, but you're in a gd city. You shouldn't absolutely need a car!
Exactly, that's like complaining that Market Basket shouldn't be crazy crowded because there's a Shaws next door.Basically, the neighbors are convinced that building more (paid) off-street parking will make the overused (free) on-street parking less full. Too bad economics disproves that. Until the City tackles the resident parking permit program, this will continue to be an issue.