Today’s number is an old standby: 5. Or maybe more accurately, “5th”, as in, 5th place. That's where a little-known Maynard company, Acacia Communications, ranks on Inc.’s new list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.
The Boston City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the selling, leasing, or reserving of public ways in the city, a move made squarely to counter Haystack, a Baltimore-based startup that allows parkers in the city's metered spots to sell access as they were leaving to others looking for openings. Read MoreNot God's workHaystack founder: 'Ominous' if city bans parking spot scalping app
Earlier today, in a Boston City Council meeting that also tackled possible regulations for Uber, an ordinance was submitted by Boston City Councilor Frank Baker prohibiting, without permission from the City of Boston, the ability to "sell, lease, reserve, or facilitate the reserving of any street, way, highway, road or parkway, or portion thereof under the City of Boston's control." Read MoreCircling the blockCan mobile apps help make parking in Boston less miserable?
While Mayor Martin J. Walsh came out hard against Haystack, the parking app that lets users "sell" access to parking spaces they're leaving, the company has found one prominent local ally who sees nothing but upside: Mike Ross, a former City Council president and mayoral candidate, and a regular Globe contributor.
Haystack, an app that allows users to hand off parking spaces that they occupy for a $3 fee, planned its launch today in Boston despite the fact that the City of Boston is none too pleased that the company is selling a good that they don't actually own. (See update below.)
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