Downtown

By - 8/5/09 - 9:48 am

Boston Police tweet State Street is shut as emergency crews try to help window washers on a dangling platform at 53 State St.

UPDATE: The Fire Department rescued the workers and is now trying to secure the platform as it awaits an engineering crew from Connecticut.

By - 8/5/09 - 9:04 am

Two disabled trains in a row at Boylston.

UPDATE: It's the trifecta! Andrea Garvey reports there was a disabled train at Kenmore, too!

By - 7/30/09 - 2:46 pm

Jonathan Kamens reports an MBTA cop threatened him with arrest for trying to give reporters at this morning's Google Maps/MBTA press conference at South Station flyers about incorrect bus-route information at mbta.com.

Although the building is publicly owned, it is managed by a private company, a representative of which told Kamens he couldn't exercise the First Amendment without a permit. A few minutes later, a T cop told him to knock it off or she'd have to take him away, he says.

By - 7/30/09 - 8:00 am

Scooters parking legally - see if you can spot the problem in this photo, taken at this morning's Boston Common Scoot-in by organizer Jeff Cutler.

By - 7/29/09 - 1:23 pm

Boston Police report arresting a downtown man on charges he tried to hold up the Sovereign Bank, 125 Causeway St., around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

After the teller pushed a panic alarm and told him she didn't have much money, the man fled. Police say evidence quickly led them to 25 Staniford St., where they arrested Joseph Campbell, 45, about an hour later. As he was being arrested, Campbell allegedly "told officers that he was sorry for scaring the teller and that he would have given back the money if the teller had given it to him."

By - 7/28/09 - 5:13 pm

NOTE: I'd originally linked to stats on a new MBTA Transit Police site. That site is now dead and looks like they are no longer linking to stats from their old site. Feh. The information below was from the new site before it got taken down/fell apart. Channel 4 reports overall crime on the T system is down. Oy.

The latest crime stats from Transit Police show a dramatic increase in crimes at busy Downtown Crossing over last year.

By - 7/27/09 - 2:00 pm
Louie

16WadeSt captures Louie on a warm day downtown. Louie's story.

Copyright 16WadeSt. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/26/09 - 8:59 pm

Matt Conti reports:

The expanding relationship between developer Donald Chiofaro and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has created the perception of a quid pro quo between the two organizations. ...

Chiofaro wants to tear down that garage near the Aquarium and put up a 700-foot skyscraper, of course.

By - 7/25/09 - 9:32 am

Hey, did you leave a toolbox in front of the Marine Corps recruiting station at 141 Tremont St. this morning? The bomb squad would like to have a word with you.

By - 7/24/09 - 11:00 pm
Protest

Aaron Donovan watched Jeff Crosby, president of the North Shore Labor Council address a rally for universal health care outside the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans downtown yesterday.

Copyright Aaron Donovan. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

16WadeSt also attended the rally.

By - 7/24/09 - 9:10 am

William Fleurant tweeted at 8:09 this morning:

greenline inbound @ boylston to park 35m wait so far, we're dry

At 9:17, John Zilch, Jr. wondered:

Copley to Govt Center => 35 min. MBTA, why don't your trains work in the rain? They're underground.

Stephan tweets:

I woke up this morning wondering how I could waste 20 minutes of my life today. Thanks for helping me out, Green Line!

By - 7/18/09 - 5:44 pm

Power problems mean shuttle buses and recommendation that passengers take the Orange Line between North Station and Back Bay.

Photo of people walking through a Green Line tunnel by Campi0n, who tweets:

Power problem at Arlington means hour wait in the tunnel of the failure pile that is the MBTA Green Line. How was your day?

At 4:17, Marie von Kampen tweeted:

Massive crowd at Government Center T. People apparently waiting a very long time and no announcements made why the wait.

An hour later, surliness ruled, Megan Carroll tweeted:

What horrible service. No one knew anything, rude employees-one person just got up and left! I can't believe I pay for this.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Rob Ramos tweeted:

Awesome. Nothing like traveling on foot in this heat. Where's the damn bus??!!

By - 7/18/09 - 12:04 pm

Deb Geisler directs us to the work of Thomas Sniegoski, who sets his "young adult" books about the battle between Good and Evil in downtown Boston:

... He lives in Massachusetts (Stoughton, I think), but he writes mostly about downtown Boston -- particularly the Beacon Hill area, where I work. In one book, his main character points out that a clear sign of the impending Apocalypse (which that character is trying to avert) is that there is no wait at the Bourne Bridge. :-) ...

By - 7/17/09 - 4:28 pm

This week's Friday-afternoon issue: Disabled Green Line train at Haymarket.

Also heavy delays reported on the bus rapid transit line due to traffic on Washington Street.

By - 7/16/09 - 12:33 pm

Don Martelli takes some video of people lining up outside a TD BankNorth branch waiting for some of the handouts of 19,600 candy bars - five of which will contain "golden tickets" for a tour of the garden and the chance to win season tickets to every single Garden event in the upcoming season.

MBTA Transit Police report the line is causing no problems for people who just want to catch a train at North Station.

By - 7/16/09 - 7:35 am

The Globe reports on the financial arrangement between the MBTA and the private company that leases South Station.

Dan Grabauskas blames Fred Salvucci, who hasn't been in office for 20 years. The Outraged Liberal asks:

... So if this is a problem of 20 years, why hasn't anyone noticed it before, least of all the crackerjack MBTA management that is trying to pinch every penny to avoid fare hikes?

By - 7/13/09 - 7:36 pm

I was meeting somebody on the Common today (it's amazing what you can do when the weather's nice). As I walked down Winter, there was Spare Change Guy doing his usual thing (and still clean-shaven) right at Tremont.

Meeting done, I walked through the Common back toward Downtown Crossing. Spare Change Guy was sitting on a bench. His hand was out, and he was asking for spare change, but he was really subdued, almost like his battery was worn down.

At his usual spot at Winter and Tremont, there was a Spare Change guy, somebody hawking Spare Change News. So is there some rotation going on here?

By - 7/13/09 - 3:27 pm

Shawn Donovan of Billerica, owner of the Revolution Rock Club on High Street, was indicted on Friday under the state's witness-intimidation law for allegedly trying to keep police from learning what happened there early on New Year's Day.

By - 7/12/09 - 9:41 am

Here's what it's like:

NOTE: If you follow the links back to the guy's main YouTube page, you'll find one video titled "The worst thing I found in the trash." You do NOT want to click on it, unless you like seeing a bucket of bloated dead rats.