Inside Boston - January 22nd, 2019

Inside Boston (Jan 22nd, 2019)

Missing Person Alert / Boston Common Upgrades / 'Infinity Mirror Room'

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1. Police are searching for a 23-year-old who went missing Saturday around 11 p.m. Olivia "Liviy" Ambrose was out with friends when she was last seen leaving Hennessy's bar at 25 Union Street near Faneuil Hall. A Facebook page has been set up for tips to her whereabouts. “My hope is that she shows up, comes back walks right through that door, walks right into the apartment,” said Frannie Ambrose, Olivia’s twin sister. - CBS

2. Boston Common, the oldest public park in the US, is set to receive $28M in upgrades. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says that the upgrades will be made so that the Boston Common can withstand "heavy use by city residents and visitors" for years to come. The new funding comes from the sale of the Winthrop Square garage in Downtown Boston. - BOSTON.COM

3. The ICA has acquired a popular "Infinity Mirror Room," created by 89-year old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The installation, titled "Love is Calling," will be on display at the ICA beginning this fall. It is expected to draw hordes of selfie takers to the museum with its signature polka dots and many mirrors, which create the illusion of an infinite space. - BOSTON.COM

4. A new bill being proposed by Sen. Brendan Crighton and Reps. Jay Livingstone and Adrian Madaro has Uber drivers concerned. The legislation calls for a fee structure of 6.25 percent of each ride for single-rider trips, or 4.25 percent for shared trips. Current fees are 20 cents per ride, and Uber drivers fear a hike may deter ride hailers. The goal of the bill is to reduce traffic and raise revenue for cities and towns. However, Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang says it would result in MA riders paying the highest tax in the US for ride-hailing services. - WHDH

5. New legislation filed by Sen. Nick Collins may stall the rehab of the shuttered Boston Edison plant site in South Boston. The bill will require a full review by the legislature and state inspector general's office before any housing development can begin on the site. Developer Redgate is working with a Chicago-area developer, Hilco Redevelopment Partners, to transform it into a location with offices, two hotels, restaurants and shops. However, the residential component is what has legislators up in arms -- developers want to construct 1,300 apartments and condos, raising concerns surrounding traffic and parking. - GLOBE

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Lunch in Little Italy Tour

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Whether you've lived in Boston your whole life or this is your first time in the city, there's no better place to chow down than the North End. Starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday morning, you can tour Boston's historic Italian neighborhood, visit an authentic Italian deli and take a mini class on Italian wines. Tickets cost $56 per person and the tour lasts three hours. 

6. A New York City ice cream shop known for its Instagrammable desserts is coming to Seaport. Taiyaki NYC, which launched in Manhattan in 2016, intends to expand to the Seaport District this spring, bringing its unicorn floats, fish waffle cones and soft serve ice cream to 121 Seaport Blvd. 

7. The Board of Higher Education is meeting today to discuss the recent slew of college closures, a rising concern across the state. The issue peaked last spring with the closure of Mount Ida College.

8. Nathan Glazer, the longtime Harvard University professor and author of several sociological studies, died this past weekend at the age of 95. Glazer was a writer for Commentary and The New Republic, and contributed to the renowned studies "The Lonely Crowd" and "Beyond the Melting Pot."

9. JetBlue has added flights from Boston to Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl LIII. It will also operate larger aircraft to help fans get to the stadium before the big game on Feb. 3.

10. Traffic safety advocates intend to rally at the State House later this week. The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and the group TextLess Live More will be advocating for measures to equip state-contracted trucks with side guards and mirrors to eliminate blind-spots on trucks. They will also be pushing for legislation that would require any use of mobile devices to be hands-free while on the road. 

Inside Boston is written by Krystle Vermes, a Boston-based freelance writer, editor and podcaster. 

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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