Must be the stainless-steel appliances

A UHub reader who likes keeping up with the local apartment market noticed that a 1-bedroom, 775-square-foot apartment in a building off Rindge Avenue, a ten-minute walk from the Porter Square T stop, is going for $3,500 a month. Now, granted, it has stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops and its own washer/dryer unit. And it's all LEED certified and everything. And this is greater Boston. But still, he's amazed - and wonders if, with prices like that, they throw in utilities.

As good an explanation as any for why their Orange Line train was just sitting in a tunnel

Around 4:50 p.m., Clownface3 found herself on a stuck inbound train just before North Station:

Orange Line train from Oak Grove heading into North Station is stalled in the tunnel, making weird noises. 3 minutes & counting.

And did I mention that I'm in a car filled with 20+ kids heading home from a summer camp field trip?

The camp counselors are telling the kids there are dragons on the MBTA train track & the conductors need to slay them before we move.

Two minutes later:

Yay! The MBTA train is moving again. Apparently the conductor DID slay the dragon in the tunnel. The summer camp goers cheer with relief.

Under the new Deck

Millers River

The Big Dig gave us an iconic bridge, a long tunnel under downtown, another long tunnel under the harbor - and some new parks, including a walkway along the long forgotten Millers River.

The river, once a largeish harbor estuary that ran into Cambridge and Somerville, now starts at the Charles under the Zakim by the equally Big-Dig funded Paul Revere Park and ends roughly at the Bunker Hill Community College parking lot off Rutherford Avenue - and you can follow a path along much of that.

If you enter from the Rutherford Avenue side (the entrance is just south of the parking lot - you can't miss the Seussian light fixtures), one of the first things you come across is a statue of sacks of potatoes:

Potato statue

The statue harkens back to the days when what is now the college parking lot was filled with sheds into which workers offloaded Maine potatoes from trains from up north. That all ended with a big fire in 1962 - the area smelled like roasted potatoes for quite some time.

The walkway that goes by the potatoes is etched with numbers marking the one-time depth of the river at those points:


As you can see from the first photo, there's now actual vegetation along the banks of what used to be an incredibly polluted creek - one slaughterhouse just dumped its offal right in.

Plants on the Millers

Although the river's cleaner nowadays, one thing that won't be coming back are the oysters that used to grow there. They require salt water, which is now blocked by the Charles River Dam.

That there is any green at all is kind of amazing given that the river is covered by highway ramps and the I-93 connection between the Zakim and the old Deck and surrounded by train tracks and a sand and gravel plant.

I-93 ramps

Boston Sand and Gravel

A swoopy new pedestrian bridge links Paul Revere Park to parks on the Cambridge side of the Charles:

Swoopy bridge

At its, um, headwaters, still waters don't run deep:

Still waters

One of the first things the state did when it started down the road of replacing the Central Artery was coming up with an official name and logo for the project, which today you see only on the odd manhole cover:

CA/T logo

Getting there: Take the Orange Line to Community College, then walk towards downtown Boston on Rutherford Avenue. Or walk through Paul Revere Park under the Zakim and look for the path.

At the other end of the Big Dig:
The end of Fort Point Channel.

No relief for people needing Thai food after the bars close in Allston

A Cambridge Street Thai restaurant has changed its request for a later closing time from 3 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The Boston Licensing Board now considers whether to let [email protected] extend its serving times from the current 11 p.m. At a hearing today, a restaurant co-owner said he cut back the proposed closing time after meeting with the executive board of the Allston Civic Association, which said it could support 1 a.m.

The board sets hours for Boston restaurants and must approve any requests to stay open later.

Kids save up allowances to travel to Boston to free Jahar

Bulger in the morning, Tsarnaev in the afternoon. As Channel 25 shows us, it was a regular circus outside the Moakley Courthouse today, especially with a flying wedge of Konspiracy Kids in for the day to support the living Marathon suspect. Also on hand: cab-reservation service Hailo, which apparently thought tourists and Tsarnaev fans would prove good potential customers.

UPDATE: This just in from Hailo: "The street is on their regular route. They should NOT have stopped at the courthouse & we are as upset as you."

Mayoral roundup: Connolly says we need to pull a Bloomberg on climate change

With an environment-focused forum today (WBUR reports), several candidates announced proposals dealing with environmental, energy and climate-change issues.

John Connolly released an environmental blueprint, which includes installing enough solar panels to generate 100 MW of power by 2020, dramatically boost recycling and decrease landfill use, promote energy-saving programs in Boston homes. Also:

While we should never see climate adaptation as an excuse not to be aggressive on mitigation, we do have to fully prepare for climate change's impacts. That's why I also propose convening a panel of climate scientists, civil engineers, and other leading experts to do for the Boston area what Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently unveiled for New York City: a sweeping, detailed plan to examine our critical infrastructure and offer concrete recommendations for changes we must make to become more resilient.

Connolly also announced that Ian Bowles, a former state secretary of energy and environmental affairs - and current JP resident - has joined his campaign as a senior advisor.

Rob Consalvo "will only appoint a director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority who has experience with the impact of climate change and the expansion of alternative energy on development." He'd also pledge to make the city carbon neutral by 2050, ensure Hubway stations in every neighborhood and expand the T. More.

Dan Conley called for a 50% reduction in local air pollution, a city program to help Bostonians pay to switch to renewable energy.

The air pollution coming out of Boston Harbor isn't just an environmental issue. It's a health issue that affects us all, but falls especially hard on the residents of East Boston, South Boston, and Dorchester that are closest to the Bay. Asthma disproportionately affects African-Americans, Latinos, and our city's poorest communities.

Felix Arroyo wants the city to sell off any investments in fossil-fuel companies.