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March 11, 2013
MeetingsAndNoticesMeetings & Notices
Government Center T Stop Renovation: MBTA Public Meeting

The MBTA project team responsible for the upcoming Government Center Station renovation will  be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, March 19th, at 6 pm, at East Boston High School (86 White St.) to discuss the project.

Goverment Center MBTA Station

The project, which includes rehabilitation work and accessibility improvements, will require the station to be closed for two years. Contact 857-368-8905 for more info. 
Downtown Schools For Boston: Upcoming Meetings

Downtown Schools For Boston is an advocacy group composed of downtown families and residents seeking to establish a new K-6 public school in one of downtown's core neighborhoods. They will be hosting a number of community meetings (free to attend):

Back Bay: March 13th, 6-8 pm, French Cultural Center (53 Marlborough St.)

: April 2nd, 6-8 pm, Boston Arts Academy (174 Ipswich St.)

West End: April 11th, 7 pm, West End Museum (150 Staniford St.) 
Employment Opportunity: Planner/Project Manager

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Planner/Project Manager. Please review the position requirements here. Submit cover letters and resumes to [email protected].  
Internships Available

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking  interested students to help out with a variety of projects. Please send cover letters
and resumes to [email protected]
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  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, and more. 
  • Downtown beautification and capital improvement initiatives.
  • Summer arts & music shows; winter Holiday Market.
  • contact [email protected] for more.
Downtown Events Calendar  

Last Will      

Visit the Happening Now section at www.downtownboston.org for a listing of all the exciting activities going on in downtown Boston right now and in upcoming weeks and months.

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If you are interested in promoting
your events through us, please email [email protected].
Event details should be sent no later than Friday at 12 pm for inclusion in the following Monday's newsletter. Thank You.
RealEstateListingsReal Estate Listings   
Office, Residential, Retail/Restaurant

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District is pleased to run real estate listings on www.downtownboston.org for available office, residential, and retail/restaurant space on behalf of Downtown Boston BID members.

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Visit the Doing Business section of www.downtownboston.org
to view the current set of listings. All questions pertaining to individual listings should be directed to the broker(s) affiliated with the listing.  
Downtown Boston BID Weekly News Update

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For questions and comments, please contact Doug Meyer, newsletter editor, at: [email protected]
FeaturedThisWeekFeatured Stories
Restaurant Week Starting Sunday

Downtown Boston continues its strong representation in Boston's Spring Restaurant Week 2013, which kicks off this Sunday, March 17th.
Restaurant Week Spring 2013

Newcomer Back Deck joins some of the perennial favorites in providing the now-standard prix fixe menu (2- or 3-course lunch, 3-course dinner). If you missed your chance to try some of these restaurants during Mix It Up Mondays, then make sure to dig in during Restaurant Week!

All Eyes On Downtown: Two Panel Discussions On March 26th

Development in Downtown Boston is so hot, it couldn't all fit in one panel discussion!

BSA Microunit

"Micro-Housing: Rethinking Urban Living," sponsored by Suffolk University's Center For Real Estate and GBREB, discusses the trends in designing small-footprint, affordable units for downtown's growing residential population. The panel features NESAD co-director Karen Clarke, Vertex VP Tom Connolly, ADD Inc. principal Tamara Roy, Gerding Elden president Kelly Saito, and BRA chief planner Kairos Shen, and is moderated by NECN business editor Peter Howe.

When: Tuesday, March 26th, 7:45 am.
Where: Modern Theatre (525 Washington St.)
Contact: Visit here to register
MPlace Spring 2013  

"Building Up Downtown Crossing," sponsored by NAIOP, Nitsch Engineering, and Suffolk Construction, focuses on the series of major developments occurring in downtown. The panel features BRA director Peter Meade, Millennium Partners principal Anthony Pangaro, Emerson College president M. Lee Pelton, and Downtown Boston BID president Rosemarie Sansone, and is moderated by CommonWealth Magazine editor Paul McMorrow.

When: Tuesday, March 26th, 8 am.
Where: Paramount Center (559 Washington St.)
Contact: Visit here to register
Sa Pa Open At Kingston-Bedford

Sa Pa, a Vietnamese kitchen developed by the owner of Kingston Station, recently opened at the Kingston-Bedford St. intersection (92 Bedford St.).

SaPa Kitchen  

Described by the owner as "fast casual
," the restaurant features traditional Vietnamese staples: banh mi, pho, and noodle salads. Sa Pa is open from 11 am-3 pm, Monday-Friday; call 617-303-7000 for more information.
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Greenovate Boston, Give 5% For Earth Day
Greenovate Boston
Are you green? The City of Boston's first annual Greenovate Boston Awards is accepting nominations for local sustainability leaders in three categories: business, residential, and sustainable food leadership. The nominations deadline is Friday, March 22nd.
More green initiatives: the Friends of the Public Garden has created the first-annual Give 5% For Earth Day campaign for Boston. Retailers are invited to participate by donating 5% of their proceeds to the campaign on Earth Day (Monday, April 22nd). The deadline to be included in printed promotional materials is Thursday, March 21st. Interested retailers should contact 857-239-8937 for more info.
Arts, Entertainment, Events 
Music & Architecture At St. Paul's

St. Paul's Cathedral (138 Tremont St.)  is hosting back-to-back cultural events this week celebrating music and architecture.

St. Paul Cathedral Nautilus

On Tuesday, March 12th, at 7 pm, the cathedral hosts "Evensong For The Feast Of St. Gregory," sung by the Cathedral Scholars, to be followed by an organ concert. On Wednesday, March 13th, at 5:30 pm, historic preservation planner Ed Zimmer will examine "Boston Past & Future," a lecture narrating nearly two centuries of architectural transformation at St. Paul's.

When: Tuesday, March 12th-Wednesday, March 13th
Where: St. Paul's Cathedral (138 Tremont St.)
Contact: 617-482-5800 for more info 
"To Kill A Mockingbird" Festival
At The Modern Theatre
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.  "To Kill A Mockingbird," Harper Lee's cherished drama of race relations in the Depression-era South, remains inscribed in American popular culture.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Next week, the Modern Theatre celebrates its unique legacy with two special events. On Monday, March 18th, Mary Badham, who played Scout in the 1962 film, will appear at a screening of the movie. On Tuesday, March 19th, the Modern will screen "Our Mockingbird," a documentary about two different Southern high schools--one white, one black--collaborating to stage the novel.

When: Monday, March 18th-Tuesday, March 19th
Where: Modern Theatre (525 Washington St.)
Contact: Visit here for tickets and more info