The MBTA is reporting delays on both the Red and Orange lines due to track problems on both lines near Downtown Crossing.
The Orange Line is shut due to something smoldering on the tracks between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. The Chinatown station was evacuated due to the smoke.
The new Sweetgreen on Summer Street in Downtown Crossing is giving out free salads today and people really want those free greens.
Ever since the Windsor Button Shop on Temple Place closed in 2013, restaurant operators keep proposing restaurants for the space - and then keep pulling back. The latest never-will-be is Niku Ramen, which applied for a liquor license last month, then canceled its hearing and which, Boston Restaurant Talk reports, has pulled out for good.
Service towards Forest Hills is not doing so hot, the T advises.
Some trash burst into flames shortly after 2 p.m. on the inbound tracks just past State Street station sending light smoke towards Downtown Crossing and forcing the shutdown of service not long after.
An MBTA inspector put the fire out with an extinguisher, but Boston firefighters then had to walk down the tracks to figure out what caused the fire. Once they determined it was trash, not a cable, they left the tracks and let the T resume service, around 2:35 p.m.
Christopher Coombs and Brian Piccini hope to replicate the success of their Boston Chops steakhouse in the South End in the large space in Downtown Crossing where Mantra used to be. Read more.
Craig Caplan notes the impending demise of H&M in Downtown Crossing. Can't be a coincidence it happened not all that long after Primark's arrival, no?
Some people wait in ridiculous lines for Apple products, or Black Friday specials at Best Buy. And some people, as Jed Hresko found around 6 p.m. in Downtown Crossing, are willing to wait overnight for Jordan 1 sneakers, which go on sale at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
City planners are looking at widening the sidewalks at Franklin and Arch streets to create a new plaza. This morning, the Boston Transportation Department blocked off part of the street and set out some free coffee so people could look at possible designs for the plaza while traffic engineers scrutinized the impact on car traffic.
Anita Lauricella took a stroll around the temporary plaza.
UPDATE: Driver faces charges.
A driver from Needham in a New Jersey car hit at least three pedestrians around noon at School and Washington streets downtown, then got out of her car and ran away.
WalkBoston reports that one of the first people at the scene was a man dressed as a Minuteman, who opened the car's driver-side door - only to see the woman driver bound away. When police arrived, he pointed out her direction of flight. Read more.
Crag Caplan spotted this sign on Bromfield Street.
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