By - 12/30/08 - 8:45 am

The Globe reports Menino says now's not the time, partly because the city needs to save the money he wanted to spend on all those studies and construction and moving, partly because nobody would pay the city what it once thought it would get for the current City Hall.

By - 12/29/08 - 10:47 pm

Faneuil Hall Marketplace (dammit: Quincy Market) was meant to bring life back to a somnolent downtown. It succeeded. Now it's basically a Natick Mall but with a better food court. Brand Avenue considers the birth, life and slow death of the nation's first "festival marketplace" and wonders what could replace it, especially now that its operator is trying to stave off bankruptcy.

Via Joanne McNeil, who also notes the market's migration from quirky only-in-Boston shops to chain stores:

How curious that urban pedestrian walks grow to tedious and commercial.

By - 12/29/08 - 4:57 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Weymouth man on a charge that he held up the Crabtree and Evelyn shop at Quincy Market on Saturday evening.

Police say Glenn Kerivan, 49, entered the store around 6 p.m., went up to the counter, motioned as if he had a weapon and said "this is a holdup."

Mall security officers were able to find and detain him after he fled with an unspecified amount of money, police say, adding police officers recovered a knife.

Innocent until proven coated in a delicate honeysuckle-scented body wash.

By - 12/29/08 - 9:23 am
Downtown at night

Faegirl took this cool photo of downtown Boston from the Madonna Shrine in East Boston.

By - 12/29/08 - 8:50 am

Bostonhelopilot gives us the tour:

By - 12/26/08 - 10:16 pm

A man, 19, was taken away in an ambulance after being shot around 4:20 p.m. at Temple Place and Washington Street, the Globe reports

By - 12/23/08 - 1:43 pm

Spatch tours the Orpheum, takes photos:

... It's heartbreaking to see it in its current condition, all run-down and stuff, and I know that it's definitely renovatable if one had the money and time, but for now, it has the appearance of a grande dame who's seen much better days. A lot of people still love this house, however, and would do whatever they could to fix it up... if they could. ...

By - 12/19/08 - 4:23 pm

Greg MacKay photographed the start of the storm downtown.

By - 12/19/08 - 11:29 am

Faneuil Hall Marketplace up for sale.

Well, technically, the lease on the city-owned marketplace is up for sale, as current operator General Growth shrinks.

By - 12/19/08 - 10:52 am

Boston Police report arresting a pair of darlings from Dorchester on charges they'd been sticking up people with iPhones and other electronic devices around Downtown Crossing and on the Orange Line. In addition to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intent to rob while armed, the two alleged thuglets, aged 15 and 16, are also charged with threatening somebody who talked to police.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/18/08 - 10:16 am

A Dorchester man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison earlier this month for two failed bank robberies downtown, the FBI reports.

Scott Backus, 46, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges he tried to hold up two Citizens Bank branches, one on Franklin Street and one on State Street, on Oct. 30, 2007, according to his indictment.

According to the FBI, when he gave a teller at one of the banks a stickup note and she didn't respond immediately, he simply walked out:

Backus then went to another Citizens Bank in downtown area and again attempted to rob the bank by passing a note, and again walked out without money. Federal investigative agents were leaving the first bank, on their way to investigate the robbery attempt at the second bank, when they witnessed Backus walking toward them.

By - 12/17/08 - 10:36 am

Boston Police report five incidents since October involving women who say they were attacked or raped by taxi and limo drivers between 11:50 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., most recently, the case of the Northeastern student picked up and allegedly raped in a cabbie's van on Dec. 7.

By - 12/16/08 - 8:42 pm

Matt Laskowski stitched together an interesting aerial view using some Microsoft Live overhead images to show how things have changed since the Central Artery was taken down.

By - 12/14/08 - 7:13 pm

Well, OK, and one local. Boston Police report an effort to get one woman to stop yelling obscenities outside the Distrct Restaurant and Lounge on Lincoln Street turned into a melee that ended with the arrest of five people around 1 a.m. today.

Police describe a chain reaction of arrests after the woman refused to shut up and kept screaming obscenities:

By - 12/12/08 - 12:57 pm

Nobody wants to touch it. John Keith discusses how the developers of Russia Wharf, One Franklin (which is supposed to rise above what is now the Filene's hole in the ground) and 316-322 Federal Street are cutting out planned condo units and replacing them with commercial space.

By - 12/11/08 - 8:57 am

Because they don't think the in-debt-to-its-eyeballs T can come up with its 40% share of the $1.5-billion bus tunnel, the Globe reports.

The Outraged Liberal can't wait, says this might finally be the kick in the teeth the state needs to come up with an actual, serious plan for dealing with all of the region's transportation issues:

... But then again, this is Massachusetts. If we could tax words, we would be swimming in cash.

By - 12/10/08 - 8:57 am

A burst water main'll do that - although can you imagine if it had broken yesterday, with all that water turning into ice?

By - 12/9/08 - 1:40 pm

The goal is to keep them building, the Globe reports; money could start flowing in four months and will use federal money. The Filene's hole in the ground could be one of the first projects.

By - 12/8/08 - 7:15 pm

Would-be buyers don't want to buy homes now with interest rates set to go even lower, and would-be sellers would rather wait than lower their prices anymore, so nothing's moving, John Ford reports.

The Boston Condo Guy reports a significant dropoff in downtown condo sales in November compared to last November, but says that while the seven-figure market continues to show price weakness, prices actually went up for condos under $1 million.

By - 12/8/08 - 5:15 pm

The Globe reports on two small arson fires at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Sunday - both set while the church was conducting Chinese-language services.