Beacon Hill

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.

Used under this Creative Commons license.

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.

By - 3/7/09 - 10:26 am

Mike Mennonno gets to thinking about rage after a lunchtime encounter yesterday with a man who erupted into one on the Common:

... When he went rabid, everyone sort of skittered away from him instinctively, careful to avert their eyes and avoid any jerky motions that might cause him to lunge at them, too. No one was harmed. The rage zombie -- he was just like one of the infected in 28 Days Later -- raged on some more but kept moving down the path.

There was a collective nervous chuckle when we'd reached a safe distance, like, WTF? Like when you pass someone walking a big dog on a leash, and the dog looks perfectly under control, but lunges at you suddenly as you pass close by, barking and snarling and going crazy for no apparent reason. Only better: this guy wasn't on a leash. That adrenaline rush puts some pep in your step. Better than a Red Bull.

All the rest of the way to work, it played over and over in my head. That poor sod a few paces in front of me. What if the rageoid hadn't just barked at him? What if he'd taken a bite? ...

By - 3/3/09 - 11:54 am

John KeithJohn Keith, a South End real-estate broker, blogger and columnist, today pulled papers to run in the June 16 election to replace state Rep. Sal DiMasi.

Campaign Web site.

Keith's statement follows:

By - 2/25/09 - 10:43 am

So Republicans held a protest against the proposed gas tax on the steps of the State House and a few people showed up.

But how few? The Globe reports several dozen people showed up. The Herald puts the number at two dozen in the headline and a more precise "25" in the story.

Ed. Note: The Herald seems to have replaced its initial story with this AP story that doesn't mention a number in the headline but still says "25" in the body.

By - 2/12/09 - 5:52 am

MetaBoston points us to this interesting video, which shows an animation of e. coli blooms moving through the Charles River basin (make sure your sound is on for full effect):

The animation is by Ferdi Hellweger, a Northeastern civil and environment engineering professor who says most of the e. coli in the basin comes from Stony Brook and the Muddy River.