Beacon Hill

By - 7/17/14 - 6:31 pm

Since the last time Charlie Baker (R-MA) ran for governor in Massachusetts in 2010, he has changed his position on many important issues including Climate Change, No New Tax Pledge, Income Inequality, Raising The Minimum Wage, Cape Wind, South Rail, and Casinos.

I'm reminded that Mitt Romney was successful getting himself elected governor after convincing voters that his change of position on important issues... Read more

By - 7/17/14 - 12:15 pm
Truck on steps down to Boston Common

Truck plunge. Photo by Goodrica.

In what will go down in the record books as one of the most Boston of truck crashes ever, a driver from Georgia who reports getting discombobulated by a GPS that put him on Storrow Drive somehow wound up near the top of Beacon Hill from which he rolled down Walnut Street and then was unable to stop as his 18-wheeler plowed across... Read more

By - 7/16/14 - 9:11 am

The Boston Business Journal has a couple of reports on impending condomania, well, condominimania, at least. Ground gets broken today on a new phase of the Ink Block project in the South End, a building in which postage-stamp-sized studios will go for $500,000. And a Brookline developer has purchased a Suffolk University building at Derne and Hancock streets on Beacon Hill with plans... Read more

By - 7/15/14 - 5:49 pm

If you raise the Charter Cap, it will close good public schools. The author is a public school parent, the father to two daughters who currently attend the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. See the original pdf.

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By - 7/15/14 - 4:43 pm
Where the Anne Frank sapling used to be
Anne Frank plaque

UPDATE: Rachel Paiste reports:

Anne Frank tree isn't dead. It's being revived at a greenhouse in Franklin Park (as per parks and rec dept.)

A couple of bare spots in the grass today are all that remains of what was supposed to turn into a leafy memorial to Anne Frank on Boston Common.

As first noted last month, the Anne Frank sapling -... Read more

By - 7/14/14 - 6:57 pm

A fed-up Beacon Hill resident complains that a lady across Revere Street keeps walking across the street with her trash and leaving it for the trash guys in front of the resident's home:

We moved her trash back to her address, but would appreciate your intervention.

By - 7/9/14 - 1:49 pm

The Boston Herald published a campaign piece for Charlie Baker today in its Business and Markets section.

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The Baker campaign may have called the Herald's attention to a survey of business owners, which is not a scientific poll, "by Thumbtack, a website that matches customers to businesses, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation" a conservative free-market "stink tank" that... Read more

By - 7/8/14 - 11:52 am

A concerned citizen posts a photo of some uneven sidewalk bricks on Beacon Street across from the Common, says it's time for the city to spring for some rat poison, pronto:

Rats under side walk burrowing and causing sink holes.

By - 7/4/14 - 8:02 pm

J. Nathan Matias watched a Segway tour sail down Charles Street on Beacon Hill this afternoon.

By - 7/3/14 - 8:34 am
Truck on Storrow Drive

HighHeatStats shows a storrowed truck near Mass General shortly before 8 a.m.

By - 7/2/14 - 7:52 pm

The Updated Bottle Bill has been languishing in the state legislature for over 12 years and this year, they missed the window to give it a vote too. But this year, activists collected enough signatures on an initiative petition to put the question on November's ballot so voters can decide the question, because the legislature would not.

The expanded bottle bill has always been popular... Read more

By - 6/16/14 - 10:20 pm

A Parks Department employee will be getting, at a minimum, a stern talking to after responding to a citizen complaint about the cleanliness of the Common and the Public Garden by telling the person to talk to the slobs who are making the mess rather than complain about the "hard working" park workers.

In response to the Universal Hub post on the Citizens Connect... Read more

By - 6/16/14 - 8:26 am

A huffy citizen complains how messy Boston Common and Public Garden pathways are these days and demands the city assign at least two workers full time to keep it clean, and, hey, maybe buy one of those mini street-sweepers while you're at it. Oh, and make sure the mayor sees this complaint.

Somebody at the Parks Department huffs right back (spelling mistakes fixed):

Common

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By - 6/15/14 - 8:47 am
By - 6/15/14 - 4:58 am

BostonGlobe:

Democratic candidates for governor Treasurer Steven Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and former Medicare chief Donald M. Berwick qualified for the Sept. 9 primary ballot, party chairman Thomas

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By - 6/14/14 - 5:59 pm
Beehive hairdo in Boston Pride parade

Aside from a brief and not very heavy spot of rain, it was a perfect day for the annual Pride parade from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza.

We stationed ourselves on Charles Street. By the time it was all over, the kidlet had built up quite the collection of beads.

One of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:

By - 6/14/14 - 4:41 pm
Anne Frank sapling

With great fanfare a year ago, local and Dutch leaders gathered on the Common and dedicated a sapling from the chestnut tree that grew outside Anne Frank's attic.

Although the sapling stayed green through the summer and later developed buds, today it appears completely barren.

The note at the bottom of the photo says "Happy Birthday, Anne" and was penned to the location with... Read more

By - 6/4/14 - 7:03 pm

Around 6:45 p.m. One suspect was quickly cornered - and a gun recovered - in the rear of a Mt. Vernon Street home near Willow; the second ran down Mt. Vernon towards Charles Street. He was described as black, 5'9" or 5'10" and stocky.

By - 6/4/14 - 8:17 am

Yesterday at the state house on Beacon Hill, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a public hearing on "An Act relative to the reduction of gun violence," H4121.

The... Read more

By - 6/2/14 - 1:49 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports two workers about 35 feet down a shaft where one of the Longfellow Bridge's "shakers" used to be were injured this afternoon when chutes funneling concrete down to them gave way.

Workers were placed in stokes baskets, secured and raised up to surface. Boston EMS treated and transported.

The department says their injuries were not considered life threatening... Read more

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