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Boston Zoning Czar; Back Bay Clean-Up; Chicago; More!

BACK BAY—The program's designed to keep Copley, Newbury and Boylston spiffy and nice: "The Back Bay Association and Friends of the Copley Square, which funded the 'Block by Block Neighborhood Ambassador Program' from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2013, are extending the initiative to an approximately $70,000, seven-month program that will run through October." [Herald]
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DOWNTOWN BOSTON—For $25, you can join the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District's annual "Downtown: Home Where the Heart Is Home Tour" on Saturday from 11AM to 3PM. "This is an incredible opportunity for the public to get inside some of the city's most breath-taking properties and experience the revitalization happening in Downtown Boston." [Downtown Boston]
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BOSTON—It's hard to argue with any of these ideas for making the city more development-friendly. Like this one: "Chicago successfully linked transit to development across the city in one swoop. Chicago's transit-oriented zoning gives automatic height and density bonuses to new developments close to any subway stop. The zoning bonuses reward larger developments on main streets, and limit incursions onto smaller side streets." [Globe]
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BOSTON—Speaking of zoning: "Mayor Martin J. Walsh will unveil plans today to create a 'zoning czar' within the Boston Redevelopment Authority as part of a larger effort to rezone the entire city to make development better fit the needs of neighborhoods and streamline regulations." [Herald]