By - 10/14/09 - 2:21 pm
Filene's Hole

Wait, what's that? That's not a Christo installation? It's just the developers trying to mollify an outraged city and protect what's left of the old Filene's buildings after more than a year of leaving them exposed to the elements at the giant hole in the middle of Downtown Crossing?

Oh, never mind.

By - 10/14/09 - 11:49 am

Former state Rep. and one-time mayoral candidate Mel King endorsing Michael Flaherty in front of City Hall today.

King said the election was about children, of ensuring that the city educates them first before worrying about Globe stories about the state of high-school athletics. He said two-thirds of the children in Boston do not attend public schools, and their parents stop caring about public education. But, quoting Khalil Gibran, he said all children are our children and we can't just leave them to the current "system of low expectations."

Former Mayor Ray Flynn also endorsed Floon, saying they would do more than anybody else to ensure social justice, in part by enforcing a city ordinance calling for the hiring of Boston residents on large construction projects.

By - 10/14/09 - 7:52 am

William Hurley, 24, of Quincy disappeared after last Thursday's game. Police recovered his body from the Charles near the Nashua Street jail around 2:30 a.m. today.

By - 10/13/09 - 11:09 am


By - 10/12/09 - 4:39 pm

Matthew Yglesias makes the case (and yes, there really is a seven-story tall picnic basket, in Newark, OH).

Via Robert David Sullivan.

By - 10/12/09 - 1:25 pm

Channel 4 reports two Boston police boats searched the Charles River near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital today, looking for William Hurley, a Quincy man who disappeared after last Thursday's Bruins's game.

By - 10/12/09 - 9:45 am

Jenny Spadafora tweets there's a trolley deader than a doorknob at Park Street.

By - 10/11/09 - 9:56 am

The Urban Mechanic (no, not the mayor) refuses to count Downtown Crossing out, because of its good bones:

... In the case of geography and placemaking, good bones can be seen as transit, roads, and other elements of the built environment. Downtown Crossing has the best of all of this. All five of the MBTA urban transit lines converge on/around the Downtown Crossing area. South Station and the emerging South Boston waterfront area; next door. Boston Common and the Public Garden is but a block away. The Financial District is; well right there. Emerson College and Suffolk University are right in the neighborhood. Tufts New England Medical Center is next door. Beacon Hill; across the way. Government Center; next door. The Theater District (and the 19 screen Boston Common Cinemas); right in the neighborhood. ...

So, current conditions may feel a bit dower, but one thing seems completely certain to Urban Mechanic. Downtown Crossing will remain vibrant, hopefully always a bit gritty, definitively urban and uniquely; Boston.

By - 10/9/09 - 3:29 pm

The MBTA says new Silver Line 4 service will get riders from Dudley Station to South Station in 30 minutes, with the first, ceremonial, run scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Buses are scheduled for every 10 minutes during rush hour and 15 minutes the rest of the day. T officials say federal stimulus money was used to get the service started.

The existing Dudley-to-Downtown-Crossing service is now SL5. SL3, which served part of the South Boston waterfront, was discontinued.

By - 10/9/09 - 2:43 pm

Nobody injured, nothing more to see, Boston Police tweet, adding he was talked down by the hostage negotiation team.

By - 10/9/09 - 2:37 pm

A Suffolk County Superior Court Jury yesterday convicted David Copeland, 30, of first-degree murder yesterday for the July, 2008 stabbing death of John Marshall. Copeland now goes away for life, without possibility of parole for luring Copeland to a Roxbury parking lot, then stabbing him in the heart and stealing cash and crack from him as he lay there, bleeding to death.

By - 10/7/09 - 11:22 am

Fire crews, State Police on scene at 1 Pemberton Sq. to deal with white powder.

By - 10/7/09 - 9:44 am

Because trolleys check in, but they don't check out. Yes, another day, another disabled trolley at Government Center.

Timothy Parcell tweets:

Sitting in this tunnel for 30 minutes is awesome. Thank you mbta this just how I wanted to start day.

Carissa DiCenzo adds:

Stuck on a train at Government Center. I love you MBTA.

By - 10/6/09 - 7:44 pm

Boston Police report that when a woman at Monday's Kiss concert at the Garden felt something warm on her leg, she turned to see a guy urinating on the back of her leg.

Chris Morris, 39, was arrested and charged with open and gross lewdness and disorderly conduct:

Officers noted the suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated given his slurred speech and the odor of alcohol emanating from his person.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/5/09 - 8:23 am

Around 7:30 or so, there was a dead train at Hynes/ICA, another at, of course, Government Center, the MBTA reports.

At 8:28, Local 718 added:


By - 10/3/09 - 1:38 pm

The Comedy Connection reports the theatre finally has an all-beverages liquor license from the Boston Licensing Board, so people going to tonight's Andrew Dice Clay show (who knew he was still alive?) can drink up.

By - 10/2/09 - 10:01 am

So Verizon removed the telephone-history mural in its old Post Office Square building because the new owner is not a big fan of the working classes, or something. Jay Fitzgerald is outraged at the thought it might be sold to somebody in Rhode Island:

... It's a striking mural in the old WPA style. It depicts a major innovation developed in Boston. It should remain in Boston. ...

By - 9/29/09 - 6:35 pm

Somehow I missed this account of what happened when some kid stole Ben Franklin's hat in Downtown Crossing last week:

... Ben Franklin catches up and starts whacking the thief with his cane, so the cop starts yelling, "Easy with the cane! Easy with the cane!" ...

I bet it's the Faneuil Hall Ben Franklin who gets mad if you take his picture without paying him.

Via Bostonist.