Beacon Hill

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.

By - 1/28/09 - 9:54 pm

John Ford posts a photo of a fire on Anderson Street this morning.

The Globe has some more details.

By - 1/24/09 - 6:59 pm

The Cat Lady of Beacon Hill is now the Cat Lady of Plymouth, John Ford warns.

By - 1/21/09 - 1:48 pm

MBTA and city officials gather at Science Park station at 4:30 p.m. today to commemorate the fact that the station now has a "secondary name" of "West End." In a statment, City Council President Mike Ross said:

"Tourists and locals alike will now be reminded of this vibrant neighborhood whenever they take the train. I'm grateful to Dan Grabauskas for making the change so quickly."

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 the blaze. Park Ranger Spc. Robert Von Wolfgang said he was assisting a truck in the State House loading dock when he saw the flames. "Flames came billowing out of the basement unit," he said. The smell of smoke drifted through the State House and up as far as the fourth floor.

James O'Connor posted this photo, taken from Bowdoin Street, to the building's rear:

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

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

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 to the structure if it caught fire. Ford adds:

... The auditorium erupted with thunderous applause once the decision was announced. ...

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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? ...

No love for Yellow Book in Cleveland Circle, either.
Or anywhere else, that we can tell.

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

The bears before they went boom: