Beacon Hill

By - 8/16/14 - 10:19 am
Car on its side on Cambridge Street in Boston

A car wound up sideways on Cambridge Street shortly before 7 a.m. Maria Elena Cruz captured the scene around 7:20.

By - 8/13/14 - 8:11 am

The Globe reports the Beacon Hill Civic Association filed suit yesterday against the handicap access ramps the city started installing, also yesterday.

By - 8/7/14 - 11:04 pm

Firefighters from both sides of the Charles and State Police converged on the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge after a person was spotted jumping off the bridge around 8:25 p.m.

The Boston Fire Department reported around 10:50 p.m. that Cambridge firefighters recovered the person's body.

By - 7/31/14 - 9:06 pm
Sign on Beacon Hill

A concerned citizen requests something be done:

Inappropriate signage in a residental area @ 42 Cedar Lane Way.

By - 7/29/14 - 2:18 pm

Boston Police report arresting three people who allegedly used a fire escape and scaffolding to clamber to the top of 9 Park St. early this morning.

Police required the help of a BFD ladder truck to get the suspects - and the arresting officers - down.

Police say officers responded around 1:45 a.m. after a neighbor called 911 to report hearing people up on the roof.

By - 7/28/14 - 8:01 pm
Clouds after the storm

Jared Villemaire photographed the interesting clouds over Beacon Hill late this afternoon after a morning of some pretty wild weather.

Rosalia, meanwhile, went for a walk on the Longfellow Bridge and couldn't help but notice the sunset underneath the cloud deck:

Sunset over the Longfellow Bridge
By - 7/27/14 - 2:15 pm
Walking in the rain towards the Esplanade

JB Parrett photographed some rainstrolling on the wallkway to the Esplanade from Beacon Hill this afternoon.

By - 7/26/14 - 8:49 pm

An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.

While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.

By - 7/25/14 - 9:16 am
Horseshoe crab door knocker on Beacon Hill

Max Grinnell noticed this unusual door knocker while ambling about Beacon Hill the other day.

By - 7/24/14 - 11:37 am


No protests. No children in the schools. No effect on city services. Two children with pneumonia treated at a local hospital and paid for by the federal government.

That's how the first month has played out at Naval Base Ventura County—Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California, where unaccompanied immigrant children are being housed

By - 7/24/14 - 10:02 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Figs on Charles Street is closed "for renovations."

By - 7/23/14 - 8:47 pm
WFXT truck outside the State House

An irate citizen complains:

Fox 25 regularly has vehicles parked on sidewalk in front of the State House. Why is this gross violation tolerated? 1) it's a no parking zone 2) they block the sidewalk 3) security risk 4) terrible foreground for tourist pictures of our historic capital building.

By - 7/22/14 - 9:06 am

Karen Cord Taylor ponders why Mayor Walsh, who came into office with such promise and youthful vigor, is taking the side of a "dictatorial public works department that decided to destroy a city’s historic fabric with no consultation with a neighborhood" rather than listen to Beacon Hill residents who are only seeking to ensure handicap access ramps fit into the local millieu, like in Cambridge.

Boston leaders are always worried - is this city really world-class or not? City agencies that operate on a level of cheap, uninspired, unvetted solutions make it clear that Boston has a long way to go before it can be "world-class."

By - 7/18/14 - 9:58 am

Boston Police report Officer Clifton Singletary was helping the driver of a wayward 18-wheeler stuck near the top of Beacon Hill navigate off the hill yesterday when somebody in the truck yelled the brakes had failed:

By - 7/18/14 - 12:49 am

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.

By - 7/17/14 - 6:31 pm

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.

By - 7/17/14 - 12:15 pm
Truck on steps down to Boston Common

Truck plunge. Photo by Goodrica.

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.