Beacon Hill

By - 5/2/09 - 11:31 am

Michael DiMella lists the least- and most-expensive condo sales in Boston in April, ranging from a $25,000 unit in a three decker on Harwood Street in Dorchester ("needs some cosmetics and updates") to a $9.2-milllion in a "classic" building on Beacon Street on Beacon Hill.

By - 4/30/09 - 11:30 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the animal-cruelty convictions of Heidi Erickson, the Cat Lady of Beacon Hill who is now the Cat Lady of Plymouth, ruling a Boston cop and firefighter had reasonable cause to enter her apartment without a warrant on April 27, 2003 because neighbors had reported a dog barking for several hours, nobody came to the door despite their banging and yelling and the intense stench they encountered on arrival made them think somebody might be dead and decomposing inside:

By - 4/28/09 - 4:26 pm

John Ford reports Boston rents are coming down as apartments, even on Beacon Hill, go longer and longer without tenants.

By - 4/24/09 - 10:35 am

Streetsim took the definitive Spare Change Guy photo at the Tea Party demonstration outside the State House earlier this month. Who knew he had an entire rooting section now?

Spare Change Guy

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By - 4/18/09 - 11:19 am

Ross Levanto, who lives on Beacon Hill, reports that having the city pick up trash three times a week isn't all it's cut out to be:

The problem is three days of trash pick up means crap is on the side of the street for 42 hours a week. That is one fourth of the week. No joke. Trash is on the street curbs roughly one-quarter of every week on tony Beacon Hill. We have tried to address this issue as a community by shortening the amount of time one can place trash on the curb (what's called same-day pick-up). The problem is this really doesn't give much time for residents to put trash out. The Beacon Hill Civic Association, of which I am a board member, supports same-day pick-up, but we are also trying to move the start of trash pick-up on the hill to 9 a.m. in the morning to give residents two more hours.

His proposal? Cut pickup to just twice a week. He adds he'd also like to give Councilor Linehan a whatfor for his proposal to stop towing cars on street-sweeping days. On Beacon Hill, the threat of towing is the only thing that gets the street cleared for the sweepers.

By - 4/17/09 - 9:15 pm
Not Photoshopped in

A group promoting better care for foster kids had all these cardboard cutouts on the Common today (really, they were all there, no matter how Photoshopped in they look in the photo).

By - 4/16/09 - 9:32 am

Garrett videoed Spare Change Guy working the crowds at yesterday's rally.

By - 4/15/09 - 8:01 pm
Tea party

BehindDarkEyes took in today's Tea Party rally on the Common.

Copyright BehindDarkEyes.

By - 4/15/09 - 9:14 am

Was the entire Harbor already reserved? In any case, if you want to see Republicans party like it's 1773, head to the Common between 10 and 4 today.

Rob Sama will be there:

... You cannot tax your way into prosperity or spend your way out of debt. You don't need a PhD in Finance to understand that. And yes, it really is that simple.

By - 4/14/09 - 12:39 pm

Boston Police have twittered about a large protest of 300-500 firefighters holding a rally at Beacon St and Charles St near the Common. No word on the rally yet from either of the papers of record. Any idea what's going on today up on the Hill?

By - 4/8/09 - 4:24 pm

It's a tale of loss and redemption, and it would make one helluva video game.

By - 4/7/09 - 8:21 am

Associated Press reports Pack the Duckling was found on Mt. Vernon Street on Beacon Hill. He was found early this morning, according to a laconic tweet from Boston Police:

BRONZE DUCK stolen from Public Garden has been discovered abandoned on a Beacon Hill Street.

By - 4/6/09 - 4:56 pm

Boston Police report somebody stole Pack the Duckling this morning from his roost in the Public Garden:

Snapped at its webbed feet, Pack is the second to last of Mrs. Mallard's eight bronze ducklings who reside at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets.

Boston Police are investigating this incident and are seeking the public's assistance for information leading to the safe return of Pack. If caught, the perpetrator could face larceny charges for the theft of public art.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 3/31/09 - 9:38 am
Longfellow at night

Jonathan captures the Longfellow in a moody moment.

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By - 3/25/09 - 3:55 pm
Beacon Hill Plumbing

Richard Beaubien transports us to an earlier, more innocent time on Beacon Hill - like two days ago.

Copyright Richard Beaubien.

By - 3/23/09 - 11:27 am

Wicked Local Somerville reports the MBTA is looking at connecting the Red and Blue lines at Charles/MGH - and wonders:

Would be nice if they concentrated their money and time on ongoing projects like the Green Line Extension and solving disputes like the placement of the maintenance facility in Inner Belt instead of coming up with additional ones in this economy.

By - 3/20/09 - 8:41 pm

Don't worry, they're not zombies - they're extras in an ABC drama being filmed here (the one about the Boston DA destined to become president, yeah, right).

By - 3/15/09 - 12:27 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Beacon Hill man who allegedly pointed a double-barrel shotgun at his roommate as part of an ongoing argument over a stove that had been left on. Officers responded to 52 Joy St. around 1:30 this morning:

On arrival, officers met with a victim who told them that her roommate had threatened her with a shotgun. Officers then learned that the suspect and victim who are roommates had argued earlier about a stove being left on. The suspect apparently became very angry over the incident and when the victim came home she was threatened by the suspect with a firearm as she attempted to enter her apartment.

Police say they managed to get the shotgun away from Mark P. Fox, 28 - and later uncovered "numerous rounds of ammunition." Fox was charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.