Boston Common

By - 9/18/17 - 10:45 am

Aline Kaplan has put together a guide to the bronze animal statues of Boston. Start with the Frog Pond frogs (then follow the links at the bottom).

By - 9/18/17 - 9:59 am
Geyser on Boston Common

Sonja Boet-Whitaker stopped to gaze in wonder at the Boston Common's newest water attraction this morning.

Sara watched it from the other side: Read more.

By - 9/12/17 - 6:56 pm
Parkman Bandstand

Bandstand scene. Photo by David Finnerty.

Somebody was shot around 6:45 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand. A suspect ran into the Park Street MBTA station and then onto the Green Line tracks towards Boylston Street. Boston Police officers and state troopers ran onto the tracks after him. Read more.

By - 8/21/17 - 11:34 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports on 14 people who were arraigned today (more will be arraigned on Tuesday and Wednesday). Didi Delgado, who helped organize the march from Roxbury to Boston Common, reports on the treatment of several of the people while they were locked up awaiting arraignment. Read more.

By - 8/20/17 - 11:29 am

Dan Kennedy acknowledges the cops had a tough job on the Common, but wonders if they might have taken some liberties with the 1st Amendment, by, for example, banning the press from the bandstand:

Let’s not kid ourselves. There was real potential for violence far beyond the skirmishes that actually took place. The Boston Police did a good job of protecting public safety. But free speech took a back seat on Saturday, and I imagine we’re going to be hearing more about that in the days to come.

By - 8/19/17 - 4:42 pm
Never Again

A couple dozen racists and Nazis, one dressed as a Minuteman, spent an hour or so standing on and near the Parkman Bandstand this afternoon under the baleful eyes of thousands of jeering protesters before slowly walking away and towards the Boylston Street side of Boston Common, to await a ride out in four Boston Police prisoner vans. Read more.

By - 8/18/17 - 10:58 am

Mayor Walsh says he'll be spending Saturday going from one barbecue to another in Boston's neighborhoods, many as part of annual "unity" events at the city's housing projects.

That, he says, is how Bostonians should react to tomorrow's racism rally at the Parkman Bandstand. Read more.

By - 8/18/17 - 9:20 am
Cameras being installed on the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common

Brian Moore spotted workers installing security cameras atop the Parkman Bandstand today, in advance of tomorrow's racist protest and counter demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Union Capital Boston has sort of formalized the idea ... Read more.

By - 8/17/17 - 2:12 pm

Local man Chris Lang reports:

For each and every vile Nazi and white nationalist who marches in Boston on Saturday, I'm donating $1 to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help fight hate. Have at it, you racists, the more the better, and thanks so much for your help!

By - 8/17/17 - 1:31 pm

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will be shut on Saturday as part of the security arrangements for the white-supremacist rally on the Common. The city has also ordered the pushcart vendors who normally sell food and clothing on the Common to find some other place to be on Saturday.

By - 8/16/17 - 6:54 pm

WBUR reports city officials have granted a permit to white supremacists for a rally on Boston Common on Saturday. Read more.

By - 8/14/17 - 10:19 pm

Erin Larson asks:

Any insight into the odd tree in the Boston Common? I don't recall seeing it last week...

By - 8/14/17 - 4:21 pm
Rev. Laura Everett

Press conference ended with a prayer by the Rev. Laura Everett of the Mass. Council of Churches.

Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner Evans said today they don't know if white supremacists and Nazis will actually show up on the Common on Saturday, but said they're taking no chances - Boston and State Police will be out in force to stop any nonsense. Read more.

By - 8/13/17 - 9:33 am

WBZ reports on a rally on Boston Common last night.

By - 8/12/17 - 4:19 pm

August 19.

So what are we to do about it? Then again, their last rally there didn't work out so well for them. But that was before today's events: 1 killed, 19 injured as car plows into crowd near Unite the Right rally site.

By - 8/1/17 - 8:12 am

Victor Carrasquillo, 18, was arraigned yesterday on charges he sliced up a man behind the park-ranger station on the Common during last Wednesday's rush-hour melee, during which a second man was stabbed as he allegedly tried smashing people with his skateboard. Read more.

By - 7/29/17 - 10:12 pm

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production of Romeo and Juliet is absolutely wonderful -- with lots of fine young performers. Photos posted on Facebook (spoilers -- if you don't know the story of Romeo and Juliet - and expect the ending to be a surprise): Photos.

By - 7/29/17 - 10:03 am

Gov. Baker yesterday signed a bit that will let a developer tear down the condemned Winthrop Square garage for a skyscraper that would cast some shadows on Boston Common - but only briefly, and in the winter, the developer says. Read more.

By - 7/27/17 - 7:21 pm

Four hours after two men left the Common in ambulances with stab wounds yesterday, a third man was stabbed in an unrelated incident near the same location along Tremont Street the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.