Beacon Hill

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:

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 tastemaker who put out the fatwa on multi-colored lighting, but many towns fell into line.

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 he agrees to a debate on the merits of KFC vs. Burger King the proposed massive turnpike toll hike. He is shown here waiting for Patrick to exit the State House.

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 fall something in between. The pushcart vendors were out in full force. The wind blew the remaining fallen leaves in swirls around the grass and concrete park, the scent of honey roasted peanuts wafted through the air across the Common, and the warm sun felt heaven-sent. ...

Naturally, we could get some wintry mix later this week.

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.

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 up to 10 years, for the staging area for heavy equipment. It will snarl traffic as they close a lane for the construction of a new tunnel, and it will make an entire stretch of the Common nearly unusable during that time. All of this will be done for the purpose of putting in bus transit that is unnecessary, when tunnels already exist for light rail, and when it is nearly universally agreed that the bus system as set up does not work, and is not nearly as effective or efficient as light rail.

The Silverline Project is a mistake. The plans in place will disturb sacred grounds, such as the historic graveyard. Unused light rail tunnels already exist below ground, and the MBTA, with its multimillion dollar deficit, should be looking at ways it can build a system around what is there, and ensuring that we have opportunities to become a greener, more efficient city while not tearing up our precious parks system during the construction.

Ed. note: The T has a multi-billion dollar deficit.

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 of either the old men's room or parks maintenance building; a dedicated dog run;
  • A permanent carousel at the Frog Pond
  • Permanent underground facilities for storing equipment needed for events at the bandstand.

In addition, the report calls for increased maintenance (everything from sidewalk to the Soliders and Sailors Monument are in poor shape) and efforts to help the homeless who congregate on the Common find permanent housing. To pay for it, the councilors propose a betterment fund paid for by neighboring landowners and gradually increasing the amount of money now raised by Boys and Girls Club kiosks on the Common dedicated to the Common.

Some initial comments by Kevin McCrea.

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.

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:

By - 11/20/08 - 1:25 pm

Hi. My name is Reuben, and I am Boston City Councilor Mike Ross's Chief of Staff.

Mike and I have read with interest the writings regarding the Boston Common on these pages. We are energized to see so many people who are as interested in the future of the Common as we are.

At Boston Daily, Mike has posted his Ross Report on the topic. We are excited about a number of the proposals that we'll have in this report, and wanted to clear up a few misconceptions.

By - 11/17/08 - 9:06 am

It would be a conservancy, like the ones running Post Office Square Park and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but what would that mean for the Common's long tradition of being a place of rallies and other public events? Kevin McCrea breaks the news.

By - 10/29/08 - 4:07 pm

Will make U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who brought the charges against her, an issue, the Globe reports.

By - 10/29/08 - 8:49 am

And will city councilors Charles Yancey, Sam Yoon, Stephen Murphy, and John Connolly do likewise? You may recall they made a point of not endorsing anybody in the 2nd Suffolk state-senate race after their horse lost by a nose in September. Now that said horse has made them look like, at best, tools, you think they might make the best of a bad situation and endorse their fellow Democrat?

By - 10/28/08 - 11:07 pm

I wonder if Sandy Tennant wants his money back? According to state campaign records, on Oct. 15, the Republican fundraiser and former executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party donated $500 to Wilkerson. His wife, Cynthia, donated another $303.

By - 10/27/08 - 5:05 pm

Common walk

Chaval Brasil had his camera with him on a walk through the Common yesterday.

Photo posted under Creative Commons.