In addition to showing the new towers it wants to build above Back Bay station, Boston Properties' BRA filing also shows several renderings of what a revamped station would look like.
They show a station that retains the unique wooden arches that hold up the roof. Gone, at least from the rendering, though, is the haze that now often fills the station, in particular, the Amtrak/commuter-rail ticket and waiting area - Boston Properties is promising a fix to the station's diesel-smog problem. Read more.
Boston Properties today submitted its plans for redeveloping Back Bay station, centering on a tower that would not look like any other tower in the city.
In a filing with the BRA, the company is proposing "a holistic and transformative transit-oriented redevelopment" for the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project that would include a 26-story office building, 600 residential units in two separate buildings - one 34 stories, the other 28 - and new retail and restaurant space. The company has air rights from the state to build atop the garage, station, train tracks and turnpike. Read more.
I've seen "anhinga" or cormorant birds sun their wings in Florida (link).
But I've never seen one in Boston. Today I saw this one on the Charles. It landed on this mooring ball and sat gently flapping its wings for at least several minutes that I watched. Anyone know what it is?
JB Parrett watched a couple people fishing in the Charles River.
Jimmy Ellis spotted this fire dog standing guard at Engine 33 on Boylston Street this morning.
UPDATE: The T announced the resumption of service at 4:50 p.m.
An inbound D train derailed between Hynes and Copley Square. Brian Campbell reports a friend called to say she's now covered in soot after something began burning and passengers had to walk through the tunnel to Copley:
She was on an inbound train and evacuated in the tunnel between Hynes and Copley, they exited at Copley.
The T is now running buses instead of trolleys between Park Street and Kenmore Square.
Neil was among those who enjoyed the rainbow (or in some cases, rainbows) after the rain squall that moved through around 4:45 p.m. - heralding the polar front that sets us up for Sunday's nor'easter. He had a front-row seat overlooking the Boston Fish Pier and the harbor.
More photos of the squall and the rainbow action, with bonus hail video from the Back Bay (and now with photos from the second rainbow round around 6:30 p.m.):
A Green Line trolley simply had too much to drink on St. Patrick's Day and passed out at Copley Square outbound. At 5:35 p.m., Kelsea Hanks reported:
Don't try to go outbound anywhere on the MBTA Green Line. Nothing has moved past Copley in over 30 min.
Jan spotted a rainbow shortly before 5 p.m. from the 49th floor of the Hancock building.
Brian D'Amico reports bursts of wind shortly before 5 p.m. helped capsize a number of sailboats near the Mass. Ave. Bridge. All the dunked people were fished out of the river by first responders.