Gyms and fitness studios were among the hardest hit businesses during the pandemic, hammered by lockdowns and then limits on the number of people they could allow in for classes and workouts. Foot traffic in fitness studios is still down about 3% from 2019 so far in January, but up 40% compared with 2021, according to data from Placer.ai, which tracks retail foot traffic. Many gyms and fitness studios had to quickly diversify their offerings in order to attract customers during the pandemic – and some say those changes worked so well, they’re permanent. Gyms and fitness studios were among the hardest hit businesses during the pandemic. Benhaim credits two pandemic changes with helping demand recover: outdoor classes and limited class size.
By the numbers: According to Transit Matters, there are just over four minutes of slowdown due to speed restrictions along the entire Orange Line, down from about seven minutes in August. The bigger problem now is the Red Line, where slow zones contribute to over 10 minutes of delay along the entire line. The city and union aren’t even agreeing over the extent of the disagreement. Speaking of things cooling off, the housing market is finally starting to slow down, according to new data from the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. Why is this finally starting to (hopefully, fingers crossed) level off?2 months ago WBUR
From a fan’s perspective, Really From’s announcement on Instagram that they were taking an indefinite hiatus came at a surprising time. The popular independent blog Stereogum picked up their hiatus announcement on their social media and, to the band members’ surprise, followed their individual accounts. This feels like a natural ending point.” Sai BoddupalliThat’s why, while many — band members included — were saddened at the news, there has been plenty of support and hope for the future. He teaches private lessons and works on his solo music: quiet ambient, textural, compositions that heavily echo his work with Really From. It’s obvious that the band members’ paths have diverged, and that could be a product of burnout.3 months ago WBUR
In Karaj, Iran, teacher Marjan tells her students that picking up a dialect helps one to "speak their souls." Identity, heritage and loss ground Sanaz Toossi's stirring play "English" splendidly rendered by SpeakEasy Stage Company (through Nov. 19). The one-act comedy focuses on four Iranian students studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL). To prepare the class, Marjan insists that the students forget that they are Iranian and leave all their Iranian-ness outside the classroom. SpeakEasy Stage' Company’s "English" runs at the Calderwood Pavilion through Nov. 19.3 months ago WBUR
Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from WBUR's daily morning newsletter, WBUR Today. That means traffic and crowds along the Charles River, as hundreds of thousands of spectators and rowers descend on the area. One flashpoint: Diehl tried to pin soaring home energy bills on Healey, since she worked to block two natural gas pipelines he said would have brought cheaper energy to the state. "You have created your own war on energy in Massachusetts," he said. The MBTA is also beefing up its commuter rail service to Salem, as the city's Halloween festivities hit full gear.3 months ago WBUR
In the run-up to the Swedish election cycle in 2018, my friend, Hédi Fried, invited the leader of Sweden’s Moderate Party for lunch at her apartment. Hédi Fried meets for lunch with Ulf Kristersson, the leader of Sweden's Moderate Party, at her home in 2018. So far, among other muscular roles, the Sweden Democrats have been given the chairmanship of parliament’s foreign affairs committee (in the run-up to a year in which Sweden is to assume the presidency of the European Council). All three Sweden Democrats members lied to the media when questioned about the incident, and subsequently only one of them left the party. Most worryingly, the incident had no impact on growing support for the Sweden Democrats, illustrating the way that the far right shifts public norms about what is acceptable behavior.3 months ago WBUR
From “Frightful Fridays” at Gore Place to a dog Halloween parade and the Boston Book Festival, we have activities for both kids and adults covered this holiday weekend. 'Frightful Fridays' at Gore PlaceFriday, Oct. 28Head to Gore Place in Waltham this Friday for a spooky storytime. The Doggone Halloween Parade this weekend welcomes all breeds of dogs and their owners to dress up and win awards. Boston BID "Doggone Halloween" Parade, 2021. Seeing “Let the Right One In” is the perfect way to spend your Halloween weekend, although it is important to note that this eerie production is intended for mature audiences.3 months ago WBUR
Democrat Maura Healey targeted health care costs from her first days as attorney general in 2015. So how would the candidates tackle health care and its many challenges as governor? As governor, Healey says, she would invest in mental and behavioral health care, including treatment for people with substance use disorder. Other prioritiesBoth candidates said they would work to grow the health care workforce. “We never have gotten traction on health care costs as a commonwealth.”3 months ago WBUR