Archive john connelly

Social planning
soxhat
What to discuss at bars: Sox fan in charge of NYC, wrong Walsh
Social planning

Election season is over and the federal government is trying to take away your precious Lard Glob snacks. You’re feeling sad. But there’s still plenty of possible celebrations on the horizon: Tuition rates are going down, gay bashing in the workplace might become illegal (if the House approves it — don’t hold your breath), and Red Sox Nation is infiltrating New York. Chin up, fans of Connolly and casinos. The beer goes down faster if you keep your chin up. Here’s our guide to what to talk about at the bars this weekend. More

Politics
martywalshwin
How the election of Marty Walsh will affect young Bostonians
Politics

It’s hard to not take this city for granted. For as long as I can remember, Boston has had a very distinctive image: It’s a great place to study or start a business (but not a great place to grow one), charming but not particularly fun, and it draws much of its vitality from its traditional neighborhoods. Living in Boston day-to-day, we start to think of this as some sort of fundamental truth. But in fact, a lot of this image, from the very positive to the frustratingly negative, is due to the leadership of Mayor Thomas Menino. Will that change under incoming mayor Marty Walsh? More

BDCWire
soxcar
Want to make friends at bars this weekend? Scream ‘RED SOX!’
BDCWire

After all that rioting and car flipping, who has the energy to go out this weekend? You do! And while it’s true that all you have to do to make new friends is sport a terrible beard, you’ll have to return to reality at some point, so might as well start practicing with the help of our (Pre-)Bar Exam, a topical guide to pick-up lines and discussion points when you’re out this weekend. Inject the conversation with lively debate about casino odds, Boston’s mom vote, and the relative merits of using Megabus as a drug mule. More

Politics
connellywalsh
Want the T to run later? Why you should care about Boston’s mayoral election
Politics

If you paid any attention to the way the mainstream media talks about young people — and I recommend you don’t — you’d think that we’re all a bunch of good-for-nothing layabouts. Take, for example, this article published last year in USA Today about a study examining the life goals of millennials. Here’s a choice excerpt: “Published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the study finds Millennials (born 1982-2000) more civically and politically disengaged, more focused on materialistic values, and less concerned about helping the larger community than were GenX (born 1962-1981) and Baby Boomers (born 1946 to about 1961) at the same ages.” Great. This view of young people is annoying for about 6,000 different reasons. But, given some traditional measures of civic engagement, the Facebook generation is falling behind. Despite relatively high voter registration among young people, millennials tend not to vote in municipal elections. More