Boston Restaurant Talk reports Figs on Charles Street is closed "for renovations."
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.
The Boston Business Journal reports.
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 cityâ€™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."
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:
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):