Bird scooters were distributed in the Third Ward i

first_imgBird scooters were distributed in the Third Ward in June 2018.Mopeds, motorcycles and bicycles are defined as vehicles by state law and permitted to operate on state roads. But electric scooters are not.Bird scooters were distributed in the Third Ward today.That’s the crux of the argument between electric scooter-share company Bird Rides Inc. and the City of Milwaukee, which filed suit against the Santa Monica-based company Friday. Bird contends the lack of definition leaves room for interpretation, while the city argues it means the scooters are illegal.Bird scooters can’t be operated legally on public roads or sidewalks because they don’t meet federal safety equipment standards for motor vehicles and are not designed for operation on roadways, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website. Among the safety equipment required by federal guidelines is headlamps, turn signals, reflectors, rear view mirrors, brake lamps and mufflers.A DOT spokesman declined to discuss electric scooters, saying they don’t fall under the department’s purview because they are not defined as vehicles. “Once it crosses that threshold of being registered and licensed, then it falls under our purview,” said Michael Pyritz of the DOT.Because they don’t meet federal safety guidelines, electric scooters cannot be registered or licensed in Wisconsin. According to the DOT site:“Motorized scooters do not meet federal safety equipment standards for motor vehicles and are not designed for operation on roadways. Therefore, the law treats motorized scooters like lawn tractors, all-terrain vehicles, go-carts, mini-bikes and other off-road motor vehicles that are not allowed on public roads.”And even children riding electric scooters can be penalized.“…anyone operating a motorized scooter on a street or sidewalk without a valid driver’s license could receive a citation for operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. For juveniles, such a violation could result in their being ineligible for a driver’s license when they turn age 16.”Also included in the list of equipment that can’t be operated on Wisconsin roads or sidewalks: snowmobiles, lightweight utility vehicles (such as the John Deere Gator or Kawasaki Mule), battery powered kiddie cars, golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles, according to a DOT memo on electric scooters.State law does allow local municipalities to permit operation of vehicles on sidewalks, but they can’t waive licensing and registration requirements for operating a motor vehicle on streets and sidewalks.The City of Milwaukee puts it this way: “Whether defined as a vehicle (Wis. Stat. Sec. 340.01(35)), motor vehicle (Wis. Stat. Sec. 340.01(35)) or a play vehicle (Wis. Stat. Sec. 340.01(43m)), under no circumstances may motorized scooters operate on a public street because they are not designed for on-street use.”Here are those definitions under state law:“Motor vehicle” means a vehicle, including a combination of 2 or more vehicles or an articulated vehicle, which is self-propelled, except a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail. “Motor vehicle” includes, without limitation, a commercial motor vehicle or a vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires but not operated on rails. A snowmobile, an all-terrain vehicle, a utility terrain vehicle, and an electric personal assistive mobility device shall be considered motor vehicles only for purposes made specifically applicable by statute.“Play vehicle”:(a) Means a coaster, skate board, roller skates, sled, toboggan, unicycle or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.(b) Does not include in-line skates.Wendy Mantell, deputy general counsel at Bird, “respectfully disagrees” with the city on the lawfulness of its scooters, according to an email included in the lawsuit.“Wisconsin statutes have not defined electric scooters as a class of vehicle, and state law has not regulated their use. It is clear that our scooters are designed for on-street use, just like bicycles and other mobility devices that are exempted from federal motor vehicle standards, and they should be regulated accordingly,” Mantell wrote on June 28.She expressed a desire for the city and Bird to “work together to create regulations for electric scooters.”Bird launched in Milwaukee June 27. The service allows users to locate the dockless Bird scooters using the company’s app. The scooters cost $1 to rent, and then 15 cents per minute. Bird charges them each night. The scooters have been controversial in several of the cities where Bird has launched because of the gray area in which it operates. In its suit, the City of Milwaukee cites several other cases in which Bird has squared off against cities where it has launched, including a $300,000 settlement with the city of Santa Monica, California.CNN today reported Bird, which was founded in 2017 and is now in upward of 20 cities, has raised a $300 million funding round from investors and is now valued at $2 billion. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Once architects were generalists who managed and

first_imgOnce, architects were generalists who managed and directed both the design and construction of buildings. Today, the complexity of the AEC world has fostered specialization, leading to incomprehensible divisions of responsibility and consequent turf wars of risk avoidance. The silo-ing of responsibility has led to legal exposure for leaders of the process; in reaction, architects have limited their professional scope, becoming  marginal players in the shaping of our environment. Architects need to reconnect to the process and take back control.Architect led design build is a path to this reconnection. Join us for an introduction to the work and practice of GLUCK+—a preeminent New York architect led design build firm—and the services and expertise provided by Schiff Hardin Construction Law–a Chicago practice whose expert guidance informs the viability and success of the design build model. This brief presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion of the opportunities in the expanded role of the architect.*Advertisement* January 31, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMPrice: $30 ($15, BSA members)Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston read more

Rama said the city will have to screen cases for a

first_imgRama said the city will have to screen cases for admission.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateHe said hospital operations will be expanded if the BFP regional office vacates the building.Rama wrote BFP regional director Ma. Luisa Hadjula last Oct. 22 asking that they vacate the BFP building in 15 days. He said the city government owns the lot occupied by the BFP.Vice Mayor Edgar Labella said they will wait until the mayor’s order lapses before they bring the case to court.“I am very patient. I can wait (for them to vacate), but the (CCMC) patients cannot wait,” Rama said.ADVERTISEMENT Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again Councilor Margot Osmeña supported Ralota’s suggestion to use the Bigfoot studio as an alternative venue for a city hospital.“It may be far but the area is safe. Transportation concerns can be handled by the city,” she said.Rama said he ordered City Administrator Jose Marie Poblete to oversee the demolition of the abandoned CCMC building within the week.He wanted a new, bigger and well equipped hospital worth P1.2 to P1.5 billion to rise in the area.Councilor Gerry Carillo said the executive department should prepare the plan for the hospital which Rama asked before building a new one.Osmeña said Rama should also oversee the transfer of P85 million in unspent balance from the prior year’s calamity funds to retro-fit or build a new hospital.But City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas said the P85 million funds cannot be touched because it was already set aside for disaster preparedness.Read Next Ralota said the studio owned by businessman Michael Gleissner is even bigger than the regional Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) building which the Cebu City government is now using as a temporary hospital.Rama said he prefers that the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) continues to operate at the BFP building.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealThe city-run hospital implemented a “zero admission” policy last week to allow the renovation of a portion of the BFP building.The City Fire Department vacated the building and hospital operations are expected to resume this week. But this time, the city will only run a 60-bed hospital, Rama said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An unused Bigfoot sound studio at the South Road Properties (SRP) was proposed as a temporary site for a hospital but Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama would have none of it.“Forget it. That is a wrong suggestion. That is an indication of the lack of all things being considered,” Rama said in response to Councilor Michael Ralota’s proposal which was broached at yesterday’s City Council session.ADVERTISEMENT 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros LATEST STORIES MOST READ Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension SMC bags Bulacan airport project Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts View commentslast_img read more

Locsin wants to drop visas upon arrival privileg

first_imgLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Since supertyphoon Yolanda destroyed many places across the Visayas and the people of these islands are mostly devotees of the Holy Child Jesus, they are up for a bittersweet celebration instead of the usual festive peak of celebrating the Divine infancy in January.Mayor Octavio Traya Jr of Abuyog, Leyte province will not send a delegation to next year’s Sinulog festival. Tribu Buyogan will not be around to wow the crowds with their bee-inspired costumes and dance routines.ADVERTISEMENT Cebuanos can do this not least by dedicating the Sinulog not only to the glory of Jesus as a boy but also to building hope among disaster-stricken people around them.MORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipMORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipThe Sinulog free interpretation dance category has for some time produced the most spectacular dance steps ever to grace the Sinulog emerged.It must now become a medium through which narratives of rebuilding are conveyed.The category must grow from being a showcase of the liveliness and survival of our Filipino indigenous dances to being a compelling narrative showing that light comes after grief and pain and in due season.How will legendary dance troupes like those under Sandiego or Landonian, both of which hail from Cebu, dance this January?ADVERTISEMENT PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Out-of-town contingents have delighted us and foreign visitors with dance dramas of the Holy Child warding off disease-inducing spirits as well as witches and enchanted creatures.Will Sinulog dancers now show, to the best of their abilities, the face of the Santo Niño who cares for the natural world in his hands; who has not abandoned those who are bowed down?Read Next WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine MOST READ Alang-alang town in the same province, whose dancers played runner-up to their Abuyog counterparts in the Sinulog Grand Parade’s free interpretation category will not send dancers this year, either.The wounds of Yolanda are still fresh and we understand how these eagerly awaited performers feel.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThey have brightened Cebu’s biggest annual celebration and it behooves us at this time to let them leave the dance of mirth, nay, the dance of encouragement and hope, to us.Since Cebu is the Queen of the South and most of its population were left unharmed by the monster storm, it must step up to the call of the times, for its people to lead not only in the physical but also in the spiritual regrowth of the Visayas. Painters refuse to go quietly Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip LATEST STORIES Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements SMC bags Bulacan airport project View commentslast_img read more

What you can learn from family might surprise you

first_imgWhat you can learn from family might surprise you in business.[Related: 5 Ways Employee Feedback Can Make You A Better Leader]When you’re a high-growth mobile technology company, digital age recruiting is difficult. It’s extremely important to find the right match of experience, personality, and dedication in a candidate. But I like the challenge because I enjoy working side-by-side with extraordinary people.It harkens back to my days growing up in a big family in Cincinnati, Ohio. I had the luxury of experiencing youth with eight grandparents, (four grandparents and four great-grandparents) – one great grandma lived until I was in Junior High – my grandfather had four brothers, and my mother had 10 sisters and three brothers who all lived within the same four blocks. Even though they saw each other every day, attendance for Sunday dinner was mandatory. The whole family, including aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins gathered together after church to cook meals, fix each other’s cars, and shoot the breeze.As a tech founder, those early experiences with family reinforced the importance of having good people surround you; how essential it is to delegate and assign tasks and then trust in other people’s core competencies; and how to communicate with respect while making sure everyone is properly instructed and has the tools they need to succeed.In the world of tech startups, a founder usually attends every event, whether it’s a pitch to investors, a trade show, or client presentation. It can really wear you down. Over the past year, I’ve learned to duplicate my efforts by trusting the people on my team who are proficient and well-resourced.The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my ancestors is that, at the end of the day, it takes teamwork to get the job done. That’s what we do at Digital Factory. We show and prove – together. We are result-oriented but people-centered, which is the perfect combination in our line of business.This is excerpted with permission from a Medium blog post by Lawrence Griffith. Click here for the full post. TECHNOLOGYMAGAZINESThe Grio Archives be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more

There is perhaps nothing a journalist or anyone wh

first_imgThere is perhaps nothing a journalist or anyone who has recorded a class lecture or business presentation dreads more than transcribing audio recordings to text. The play, stop, write, repeat motions are tedious and inefficient at getting audio recordings translated to text.There are plenty of transcription services and software available. Most of them require you to read the audio recording in your own voice so that the software can become accustomed to your unique pronunciation and inflections.That, however, adds an extra step in converting audio to text. And most of us want to directly convert recordings of others talking. The Transcription Travesty be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 Trint is an artificial intelligence-powered transcription service. Currently in beta, you can upload recordings in a variety of different formats and from different sources including MP4 and WAV files; and files stored in Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Service, Evernote, Dropbox, and more.Once your file is uploaded, Trint begins to automatically transcribe into text. It supports American, British, and Australian accents and transcribes in three languages: French, Spanish, and German.After the transcription process ends (indicated by an on-screen status as well as a message sent to the email you use to sign up for the service) you open the file. The transcribed text appears on-screen next to controls to playback the uploaded audio or video. A new web app called Trint attempts to lessen the pain points of transcribing audio recordings to text. Its auto-transcribing and on-the-fly editing capabilities put it ahead of the pack of many other transcription software solutions, but it does not quite offer flawless transcribing.center_img AI Transcriber As the recording plays, you can follow along with the text to check for any errors. A sound bar at the bottom of the screen lets you know where the text is in relation to the recording.The integration of both the transcribed text and uploaded file within the app allows for very easy, on-the-fly editing–simply pause the recording when you want to make corrections.I tested uploading a 70 MB video in MP4 format. Out of 317 transcribed words, Trint had an error rate of 8.5% incorrectly transcribed words and phrases. Not a bad rate. A recording with virtually no background noise is likely to result in better transcription.Still, Trint, even in beta and with some issues in transcription is a very promising solution for audio-to-text transcription. Trint in Actionlast_img read more

Benson Henderson faces Saad Awad at Bellator 208

first_imgBenson Henderson faces Saad Awad at Bellator 208. Accessories A marquee matchup that could carry title implications for the Bellator lightweight division has been booked for Oct. 13, as former WEC and UFC champion Benson Henderson is slated to return against streaking contender Saad Awad at Bellator 208.MMA Fighting confirmed the booking Tuesday following an initial report by MMA Junkie.Henderson (25-8) rolls into the contest fresh off a second-round guillotine finish of Roger Huerta this past April at Bellator 196. The victory snapped a two-fight slump for Henderson which saw the 34-year-old drop back-to-back split decisions at the hands of then-Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and top contender Patricky Freire. One of the most decorated competitors in the history of the 155-pound division, Henderson owns wins over the likes of Nate Diaz, Frankie Edgar (x2), Donald Cerrone (x2), Jorge Masvidal, and Gilbert Melendez, among many others.Awad (23-9), meanwhile, is riding the best streak of his five-year Bellator career. The 35-year-old Californian has won four consecutive contests to creep his way into title contention, outpointing Ryan Quinn and J.J. Ambrose and earning first-round TKOs over Zach Freeman and Ryan Couture.Bellator 208 takes place at the at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. A heavyweight grand prix semifinal matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen headlines the event.In addition to Henderson vs. Awad, MMA Fighting also confirmed a bantamweight bout between intriguing prospects Mike Kimbel (1-0) and Alex Potts (1-0) for Bellator 207, which takes place Oct. 12 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The 20-year-old Kimbel scored a 63-second slam KO in his professional and Bellator debut this past February, while Potts did the same via first-round kimura last year.Bellator 207 will be headlined by the other half of the heavyweight grand prix bracket, a semifinal match between light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader and Matt Mitrione. Standard BJJ Gi More: Apparel Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson More From Standard Ranked Rashguard ProMax 440 BJJ GI Latest From Our Partners Sale Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Good Night Tee Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Lockdown duffle bag Latest From MMA Warehouse Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Gloves King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender MMA Fighting Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Bellator Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football?last_img read more

Coker I think Bader is top two or three P4P fig

first_img Coker: I think Bader is ‘top two or three’ P4P fighter Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader live fight online coverage, results, play-by-play, highlights, more Standard BJJ Gi MMA Squared: Darth Bader defeats the Emperor and escapes the shadow of the (UFC) empire Latest From Our Partners ther Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Standard Ranked Rashguard ProMax 440 BJJ GI View all 31 stories Good Night Tee Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Latest From MMA Warehouse Gloves Accessories King Ryan Longsleeve Shirtcenter_img Sale (would y’all like to use this as the Friday caption contest? There are like 1000 ideas and I’ve got joke paralysis)Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Chris In this Storystream More: Bellator 214 does good ratings, peaks at 1.2 million viewers Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Gordon Ryan Competition Kit UFC 240: Fights to make Lockdown duffle bag White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ More From UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Bloody Elbow Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Apparellast_img read more

Chef Josh Lewin Debuts Sunday Supper with Romeos at Juliet

first_img 3/13/2017, 10:32 a.m. Chef Josh Lewin Debuts Sunday Supper with Romeo’s at Juliet Handmade pastas, sfizi and antipasti, Italian wines and more are available without a reservation. Print Juliet. / Photo by Jim Brueckner for “Restaurant Review: Juliet in Somerville“Here’s another chance to try the cooking of a must-watch chef: Josh Lewin quietly debuted Sunday supper at his Union Square restaurant, Juliet, last night. The Italian-inspired, so-called Romeo’s at Juliet continues every Sunday evening from 4-8 p.m.The casual setup is one of several unique menus Lewin and partner Katrina Jazayeri have created in the year-plus of Juliet, and it’s the first time the restaurant has been open on Sunday night. Unlike typical dinner at Juliet, Sunday suppers are for walk-ins only; no reservations required. The menu prices include gratuity, as usual.Romeo’s at Juliet. / Photo by Brian SamuelsRomeo’s at Juliet offers handmade pastas in half or full servings, like fettuccine puttanesca, and tagliatelle with beef ragu. Or, make a meal from primi, like frutti di mare on toast, a Roman egg drop soup, or, of course, Lewin’s signature omelette, topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and breadcrumbs on Sunday nights. There are also sfizi, like garlic knots, and warm marinated olives; and Lewin’s charcuterie surfaces as antipasti. Pair everything with a choice of mainly Italian wines by-the-glass, carafe, or bottle, selected by Jazayeri.Check out the full menu below.Juliet, one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants last year, does casual breakfast and lunch daily (and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays), and it transforms into dinner theater on Thursday-Saturday nights. The rotating, multi-course menus—currently, a Lyonnaise bouchon, with a consomme with local oysters, beet salad with cloumage, and more—are reserved nightly, with a few seats available for walk-ins.Next week, the menu will change to celebrate Persian New Year, in honor of Jazayeri’s upbringing, which she discusses in the most recent issue of Bon Appetit. The restaurateurs have riffed this theme since their days as the pop-up Bread & Salt Hospitality, including for the past two years at the annual Nowruz celebration at the James Beard House in New York City. The Persian New Year menu will continue at Juliet on Thursdays-Saturdays from March 23-April 1, with three- or five-course options including ash e-reshteh, an herb and watercress soup with black and white noodles and puffed rice; and kuku sabzi, a stuffed omelette with green olives, caviar, and Iranian dairy.Romeo’s at Juliet, Sundays, 4-8 p.m., 257 Washington St., Union Square, Somerville; 617-781-0958, 000center_img Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. By Jacqueline Cain· last_img read more

Boston to Amazon Pick Suffolk Downs

first_img Photo (Cropped) by bradfordst219 on Flickr/Creative CommonsToday’s the day. Cities hoping to land the biggest corporate prize in recent memory, the $5 billion gigantic second headquarters for Amazon dubbed HQ2, are submitting their bids to the e-commerce giant. And the message from Boston is clear: Pick Suffolk Downs.The soon-to-be former racetrack straddling East Boston and Revere will be the city’s primary bid for the building and the reported 50,000 jobs it would support, officials are now saying. It’s only one of four pitches from Boston, but this is the pitch, Mayor Marty Walsh suggested to WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti on Wednesday. “The main structure of our document is focused around one location,” Walsh says, “And that’s East Boston.”Asked to confirm that meant Suffolk Downs, he reportedly winked.Walsh said said the #AmazonHQ2 bid is focused on East Boston, specifically an area “not too far from the airport.”— WBUR (@WBUR) October 19, 2017The 161-acre site sits along the Blue Line and is a short trip away from Logan Airport. It is also, clearly, ripe for development and among the few locales in Greater Boston that could realistically be home to a project on the scale Amazon has proposed. The other locations included in the Boston bid are Widett Circle (a site you may remember as the proposed home of an Olympic Village), along with spots in Allston and South Station.Walsh says Boston’s bid does not currently include incentives like tax breaks and other goodies because “we didn’t have to.” He added, “we talked about where we are in Boston—our quality of life, we talk a lot a lot of different things in the package. We’ll see what happens.” That could change, he said, if Boston is added to Amazon’s shortlist and officials have time to assess “what we’re up against.”The issue of incentives has been divisive. Recent polling showed that while a majority in Boston support bringing Amazon here, residents are evenly split on whether to offer giveaways. Walsh opponents, including City Councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson, have criticized the city’s willingness to offer incentives to General Electric.Other cities are pretty much falling over themselves to get in Amazon’s good graces. Strategies include grand gestures (New York City lit up its landmarks last night in “Amazon orange”); insult comedy (New Hampshire’s bid includes jabs about how crappy Boston traffic and transit are, and how expensive housing is); and your garden variety buckets of cash (Worcester offering an exceedingly generous package that includes $500 million in real estate tax savings).Somerville has proposed a spread-out Amazon campus along the Orange Line. Marlborough, Foxborough, Leominster, Fall River, Weymouth, Lynn, and Springfield are all submitting pitches, as are Connecticut, Rhode Island, and even Maine. New Hampshire is pitching a huge campus in Londonderry. Lowell, Tewksbury, and Billerica are bidding as a unit.The odds seem good that Amazon is already eyeing Boston. The city has appeared on most observers’ shortlists, including one created by the New York Times, even if it did suggest that Amazon pick Denver instead. Amazon has also already invested pretty considerably here, with outposts in Kendall Square, Back Bay, and, soon, Fort Point. Experts here have touted our proximity to colleges, tech talent, and other major conglomerates like GE. They’ve also shown they’re not above taunts: “Why have stale mass-produced bleached bread in Denver,” Jesse M. Keenan, of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has argued, “when you can have a fresh local scone, steamed bun, bolillos, or soda bread in Boston?” News Boston to Amazon: Pick Suffolk Downs The doomed racetrack is the primary bid for HQ2, Walsh says. By Spencer Buell· 10/19/2017, 10:53 a.m. Printcenter_img 000 Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! last_img read more