Downtown

Downtown

By - 7/2/15 - 8:52 am

Mike Deehan gives us a bird's-eye view of a John Birch Society protest thing in the State House that was ignored by pretty much everybody except him. One of the two organizers was, of course, the JBS's Boston point man, Harold Shurtleff of West Roxbury, who normally devotes his time to ensuring every public bulletin board in West Roxbury and Roslindale has fliers for the society's youth camp.

Bonus fun fact: The society was originally headquartered in our very own Belmont.

By - 7/2/15 - 8:40 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 3:49 a.m. to South Station for a fire in the ceiling above tracks 5 and 6: Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 9:15 pm
Watching the US women's soccer team on City Hall Plaza

Matt Lowe was among those watching the US Women's National Team beat Germany tonight and advance to the final on a large screen on City Hall Plaza.

By - 6/30/15 - 5:59 pm

MBTA workers managed to snuff out the fire (another photo) before it got too large - and just as Boston firefighters were arriving - around 5:55 p.m., but they also had to shut off the power as a precaution.

By - 6/30/15 - 3:09 pm
View from the top of Millennium Tower

The other night, a roving UHub photographer managed to rove himself right up to the current top of the Millennium Tower under construction where Filene's used to be and shares some of the views from up there - in a building where at least one top-level condo is being marketed at $37 million.

The view towards Back Bay and the other towers put up by Millennium Partners - the Ritz Carlton down Washington Street: Read more.

By - 6/28/15 - 10:41 pm
Cardinal Sean O'Malley addresses crowd at Parkman Bandstand

Arturo Gossage took in the protest at the Parkman Bandstand today. Among the speakers: Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/28/15 - 9:41 pm
Trolleys in Copley Square

The Boston City Archives recently posted a collection of photos of Boston street cars, including this photo of trolleys lined up in Copley Square for the School Boy Parade on June 6, 1937, and a photo of the scene on Tremont Street around 1895 - two years before the first subway tunnel in America opened underneath Tremont: Read more.

By - 6/27/15 - 12:18 pm
City Hall sign pointing to City Hall

What's not to love? 2012 photo.

ArchDaily interviews a trio of architects writing a book about the glory of 1960s and 1970s concrete architecture in Boston and why they prefer to call it "Heroic" rather than "Brutalist." For starters, not all concrete buildings are brutalist. Equally important, they say, all that concrete reflects an era in which city leaders managed to revitalize a city that had been somnolently declining for decades. Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 11:37 pm
New retail space in Government Center station

Government Center retail space. Photo by MBTA.

Whether it will be another Dunkin' Donuts to replace the one that was almost directly underneath one of the two Dunkin' Donuts on the street, however, remains an open question. A T spokesman says a vendor has yet to be chosen for the space, although he adds whoever it turns out to be will be banned from selling popcorn.

The renovated junction for the Green and Blue lines is scheduled to open next year.

By - 6/26/15 - 10:20 pm
By - 6/25/15 - 1:37 pm
Spector

Transit Police report arresting a Wakefield man on charges he punched one of two people who wouldn't give him money, then stabbed the second. Read more.

By - 6/24/15 - 7:51 am

School Street was blocked overnight after a water main burst near Washington, but Tom Griffiths, who works right there, reports that around 7:30 a.m.

It's fine. All cleaned up, no traffic block.

By - 6/22/15 - 9:01 am
Early morning fog at the waterfront

AC Cuneo reports that getting up early has its advantages sometimes, such as seeing this morning's fog on the waterfront.

By - 6/20/15 - 7:13 pm
Dog resecued from Green Line tracks at Park Street

Photo by MBTA.

A dog wandering through the Green Line tunnel between Boylston and Park today was rescued thanks to an alert trolley driver and Green Line Inspector Tara Egan, the MBTA reports.

A T spokesman says: Read more.

By - 6/20/15 - 10:37 am
Daybreak over downtown Boston

See it larger (you really want to)

Mark O'Neill shows us the view you can get when you're up at dawn on parts of Metropolitan Hill in Roslindale.

By - 6/18/15 - 3:01 pm

A Chicago man was arraigned yesterday on charges he tried to shunt the driver aside and take the controls of an Orange Line train as it hurtled under Washington Street Tuesday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 6/17/15 - 3:04 pm

The City Council agreed with a request from Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) to hold off voting on a proposal to formally hand the old Winthrop Square garage to the BRA until councilors get a chance to actually read the "memorandum of understanding" that would govern the proceeds of any sale or lease of the property to a skyscraper developer. Read more.

By - 6/17/15 - 12:00 pm

The arrival of artisanal European and Japanese coffee in downtown Boston has done nothing to shake our addiction to Dunkin' Donuts, apparently. The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant a food-serving license to a brand-new Dunkin' Donuts at 89 Broad St. in the Financial District - four months after it approved a new Dunkin' Donuts on Washington Street. Read more.

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