Dukakis Center Associate Director Stephanie Pollack moderated a discussion about winter weather and transportation in Boston on WBUR.
By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | June 24, 2013
The journalists behind The Boston Globe’s “68 Blocks” series, which takes an in-depth look at life in the city’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, knew they wanted hard data to play a key role in their work. But they didn’t want the series to read like a rundown of facts and figures, according to Steve Wilmsen, enterprise editor for the Globe’s Metro section. “We wanted it to seem like a story,” he said.
Wilmsen and a team of Globe journalists behind the series served as the keynote speakers at this year’s Data Day, an event held on Northeastern’s campus Friday and organized by the Massachusetts Area Planning Council, the Boston Indicators Project, and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Their panel discussion on how data figured into the groundbreaking series kicked off a day of events for policymakers, researchers, and advocates aimed at teaching them how data can help guide and inform better public policy.
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE | The New York Times
BOSTON — Later this spring, Bostonians eager to flee to Cape Cod for the weekend will have an option other than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 70 miles and fuming along with everyone else.
Starting May 24, they can hop a train to Hyannis, where regional buses, ferries and rental cars will await to whisk them out to the beaches, islands and wind-swept dunes.
The train, the first passenger service to the cape since 1995, is one small piece of a major $13 billion transportation overhaul envisioned by Gov. Deval Patrick. That overhaul is aimed chiefly at repairing and upgrading worn-out bridges, roads and commuter lines in Massachusetts, but about 20 percent of it would go toward reviving train service to the cape and elsewhere in the state.
Mr. Patrick said that upgrading these in-state routes would spur economic development. It would also provide important links for Amtrak’s long-range plans to establish high-speed train service throughout New England. Read More