At the end of a contentious meeting over handicap ramps at intersections, Mayor Walsh and Beacon Hill residents may have come up with a compromise both sides can live with: "tables," or raised pavement that would satisfy Walsh's insistence neighborhood sidewalks be made more accessible to people with disabilities and residents' insistence that concrete the city would use in ramps be kept well the hell away from what they insisted was one of the most historic neighborhoods in the country.
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 was sincere. Many folks had regrets when Mitt was in office because, in office, he gave them reason to doubt the sincerity of his evolution on the issues.
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 Beacon and down some stairs onto the Common, around 11:50 a.m.
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 to turn it into luxury condos.
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.
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.
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.
The Boston Herald published a campaign piece for Charlie Baker today in its Business and Markets section.
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.
J. Nathan Matias watched a Segway tour sail down Charles Street on Beacon Hill this afternoon.
HighHeatStats shows a storrowed truck near Mass General shortly before 8 a.m.
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 in public polling. It's a shame special business interests were able to keep it bottled-up in committee.
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 exchange, interirm Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook wrote tonight:
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):
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:
He's got wings!
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 a Bic stuck through it and into the ground.
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.
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.