I just got this email from the Mayor’s office:
Bloomberg Philanthropies is giving $5 million to the city that comes up with the boldest idea to solve a problem or improve city life. Four other cities will get $1 million each.
The City is particularly interested in ideas that:
• increase access to technology
• support needs of the growing senior population
• expand affordable energy solutions
• support the diversity of languages spoken in Boston
Now, the big, bold and obvious idea that would “improve city life” is “get rid of Mayor Menino.” And I’m counting on many of you to log onto the Mayor’s website and suggest just that.
But note what they “problems” that need “improvement” are, in the opinion of Boston City Hall: “supporting diversity of language,” and “access to technology.” Really? These are the major problems? Not, say, parking or crime or potholes the size of Vermont?
Then again, this whole thing is a Mike Bloomberg operation, so why am I surprised?
So let’s do this right. I actually DO want to hear from you—your big idea for making Boston a better place for real, working, bill-paying people and families to live. I’ll take any idea, from the serious to the hilarious, that addresses living in Boston.
Send yours to email@example.com in 200 words or less, and the best idea (smartest, funniest, etc) will get you invited on the show and a gift certificate to Smith and Wollensky at Atlantic Wharf.
Your deadline for emails is the end of the show Friday, August 10th. Good luck, and remember—“Fire Mayor Menino” is already taken.