Beacon Hill

By - 1/16/09 - 5:37 pm

The State House News Service posted the above video and this report on the fire at 56 Temple St., across from the State House, which broke out around 4 p.m.:

Smoke poured out of 56 Temple St. as twenty firefighters crowded outside and battled

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By - 1/15/09 - 11:41 pm

This time, Ladder 18 from South Boston and Ladder 24 from Beacon Hill, WBZ reports.Read more

By - 1/13/09 - 11:29 pm

Or at least some guy who wanted to build a house on the hill. John Ford reports the city Zoning Board of Appeals today rejected a proposed single-family house at 1 Putnam Ave. - a 1,400-square-foot lot between Charles and West Cedar streets that can only be accessed via a walkway. The board cited concerns from the Fire Department over how it would get...Read more

By - 1/10/09 - 8:45 pm

Oh, darn, today was No Pants Day on the Red Line and we missed it.

More people with no pants.

By - 1/10/09 - 7:24 pm

John Ford explains why people looking for condos from the Back Bay to the waterfront might need to pick up two real-estate guides these days. Has to do with local brokers opting out of one listing service.Read more

By - 1/10/09 - 11:47 am

Cool photo of the sun going down over the Longfellow Bridge and a flock of geese.Read more

By - 1/8/09 - 9:33 pm

So who got caught at Charles Circle when an "overheight vehicle," as Traffic on the Threes so charmingly calls them, tried getting onto Storrow Drive by Mass. General at rush hour this evening? Bet you sent love rays the driver's way.Read more

By - 1/4/09 - 2:18 pm

Recession? Feh. The cost of deeded parking spaces went up last year in the sorts of Boston neighborhoods that have such things.Read more

By - 1/3/09 - 9:19 pm

John Ford declares:

... I can't take it anymore. Yellow Book deliveries are driving me crazy.

If you looked around Beacon Hill today, you'll see more Yellow Book and Yellow Pages piled up in apartment blg. lobbies or on the doorsteps of buildings, which averages two books per person. How much of a nuisance and waste is this? ...

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By - 1/2/09 - 3:32 pm

The bears before they went boom:

By - 12/26/08 - 1:38 pm

About ten years ago, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department switched its Common holiday tree lighting from the multi-colored lights they had used for many years to all-white lights, except for the one Christmas tree.

This followed a trend in many communities, where multi-colored displays began to be seen as vulgar and all-white lights as "tasteful." Perhaps it was Martha Stewart or some other middlebrow...Read more

By - 12/22/08 - 11:03 am

Jay Fitzgerald reports on the two guys wandering around his neighborhood with shovels:

... They were exchange students from Vietnam -- and they offered to help shovel the fluffy stuff for free. They had never seen or felt snow before. They just wanted to experience it. They helped shovel out the car, declined payment, and went on their awe-struck way afterward. ...

By - 12/17/08 - 10:25 pm

Is that woman flipping him the bird?

Flush with the success of their effort to completely bollix up the turnpike by paying tolls in pennies (oh, wait, that didn't work too well, did it?), the Stop the Pike Hike people are now having a guy in a chicken suit follow Deval Patrick around until...Read more

By - 12/15/08 - 5:02 pm

Legally Brunette took advantage of the weather and went for a walk this afternoon:

... I passed by worker bees on their lunch breaks, school kids ice skating, tourists, students, and moms pushing strollers. Ice skating visitors were bundled in coats, scarves and hats, and a college-age girl was riding her bike in shorts and a t-shirt. Everyone else had stripped off layers to

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By - 12/15/08 - 11:30 am

The Globe reports no injuries in a fire this morning at Figs on Charles Street. makes you wonder if somebody set the fire to protest the new Sox hats:

By - 12/15/08 - 10:58 am

Mark Baard reports police are responding to vandalism at the Greek Consulate on Beacon Street.Read more

By - 12/10/08 - 10:00 am

On Switchback, Bill picks up on something in that recently released proposal for improving Boston Common: That city councilors Mike Ross, Bill Linehan and Sal LaMattina really wish the MBTA would stop with all this nonsense about putting a Silver Line tunnel under the park. They write:

The Silverline project will rip up the entire stretch of the Common along Charles Street for

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By - 12/9/08 - 12:51 am

Here (3.8M PDF file).

The report, by councilors Michael Ross, Bill Linehan and Sal LaMattina, calls for some major changes to the Common, including:

  • An ornamental fence along Tremont to delineate the park and keep Tremont Street pedestrians off the grass while keeping it open to sunbathers;
  • A "Grand Entrance" to the park at a rebuilt visitors center;
  • a low-cost cafe on the site
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By - 12/4/08 - 9:02 am

Kevin McCrea relays the news that the City Council's Special Committee on Boston Common, chaired by Councilor Ross, is holding a "working session" on Monday, Dec. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall's Curley Room.Read more

By - 11/20/08 - 9:10 pm

Councilor Ross explains what he and councilors LaMattina and Linehan are thinking up for Boston Common, which they say deserves to be not just America's oldest park, but it's greatest:

... The proposal that I'm most excited about is the establishment of a restaurant on the park. Our vision is a popular eatery that entices a diverse and vibrant crowd. When our Committee visited

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