The Boston Business Journal reports on renovations to Copley Place, one of two 1980's Boston malls designed to let suburbanites experience a taste of life in the city without actually having to interact with it (the other being the failed Lafayette Place downtown). The work is part of an overall mall upgrade that includes "upgraded escalators and glass handrails" and a 52-story residential tower.
Penny Cherubino at BostonZest shows us the newly re-striped intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street this morning.
Electronic signboards now warn motorists to "BE ALERT FOR CYCLISTS."
The intersection is where Anita Kurmann was struck and killed by a semi while bicycling earlier this month.
NotThatWeird reports a massive tree on Fairfield Street near Comm. Ave. came crashing to the ground tonight, blocking the road - after it got smashed into by the cab of a passing U-Haul.
A shocked citizen was shocked to see that the window display for Sweet-N-Nasty on Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay, which specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates, was filled with the sorts of items one might expect to find in the window of a store that specializes in X-rated cakes and chocolates.
"Totally offensive," was all the outraged citizen could muster before hitting submit on his or her 311 app and, no doubt, swooning to the ground.
After working overnight doing preparation work Thursday and Friday, crews are repaving Massachusetts Avenue from the intersection of Beacon Street to Marlborough Street today.
A construction worker told a detail police officer that they hoped to complete this part of the project today.
Maybe state officials should extend their river-road warnings to big-rig companies, too. Lenny Rove watched State Police get an 18-wheeler off Storrow Drive westbound after it failed to hit any bridges.
Police have shut off traffic on Mass. Ave. between Huntington and Columbus due to a suspicious package at St. Botolph St. Fire crews and EMS on the way, just in case.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m. Roads being reopened. Patty reports it appeared to be a pink and blue suitcase.
Jonathan Berk watched the sunset over the Back Bay this evening.
Police officers found two dogs in two broiling cars on Boylston Street this afternoon. Just as they were calling in the Fire Department to open up the cars, one of the owners arrived. The other one, however, did not: Read more.
Sean Griffing, who co-owns Trade on Atlantic Avenue, is seeking city approval to open a new, high-end seafood place on Ring Road in the Prudential Center complex. Read more.
The Boston Courant reports (note: Link will take you to a photo of the Courant story, since the Courant is one of the few papers left in the US that does not have a Web site - on purpose, no less).
UPDATE: Conventures, which is running First Night, says there will be the traditional fireworks over Boston Harbor.
A Boston Municipal Court judge this morning ordered James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, held without bail pending a Sept. 1 "dangerousness" hearing to determine whether they should be held without bail even longer on charges of illegal weapons and ammunition possession.
The ruling came at a hearing at which an assistant Suffolk County District Attorney said there was far more evidence of their danger to participants in a world Pokemon championship at the Hynes than the weapons-on-trunk Facebook page that had spread through social media yesterday. Read more.
Deborah Elizabeth Finn attended the memorial ceremony this evening for Dr. Anita Kurmann, who died in a collision with a flatbed truck earlier this month. At the ceremony, a white "ghost bike" was placed where she died.
A Boston Police spokesman said this morning the investigation into the collision continues; no charges have been brought.
Bicyclists will gather Thursday evening to place a white "ghost bike" where Anita Kurmann died last week in a collision with a flatbed truck at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street.
Kurmann, 38, was a Swiss doctor doing post-graduate work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She died at an intersection identified as the most dangerous one in the city for bicyclists.
The memorial begins at 6:30 p.m.
Lulu522 forwards a copy of the photo she took from her 36th floor perch in downtown Boston as one of those storms rolled into Boston on Saturday.
The Charles River Watershed Association reports the Charles from the Weld boathouse to the dam now has high enough levels of toxic cyanobacteria to post warnings against coming into contact with river water - and that means no swimming, fishing or falling in the river. That goes double for dogs, who could pick up toxic residue in walks on the river banks and then lick it off their fur. Read more.
JB Parrett watched a man blowing bubbles on the Esplanade at sunset yesterday.