Free Parking For Democracy—& Restaurant Jobs?

by Allan Appel | May 12, 2017 7:57 am | Comments (8)

Allan Appel Photo Say you want to attend a meeting at City Hall on the budget. Say you’re hesitant because parking’s always a hassle.

Good news: To make your attendance more likely, the city will set aside a number of meter locations for you to park nearby on Church and on Orange. Parking there won’t cost you a dime during prime time meeting hours, 6 to 9 p.m., on Monday through Thursday.

But is there any guarantee, as you drive up around 5:45, that the limited number of free spots won’t already have been taken — perhaps by one of the hundreds of restaurant workers who work near City Hall and the Green?

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$5 Million Buys Chapel Street Bridge 20 More Years

by Allan Appel | May 9, 2017 2:59 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo The current two-week closure of the 25-year-old Chapel Street bridge that spans the Mill River is a foretaste: Later this summer and into the fall two more bouts of closures — each at least twice as long if not more — are in store.

Here’s the payoff: All the preventive repair work combined with a new paint job could make the span last 20 more years.

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