By - 1/17/06 - 11:05 am
No exit? On the T, there's always an exit!

I admit it - I just love those cartoonish directional signs that have sprouted all over downtown T stations over the last year or so. Sure, they make it look like the T has cut its systemwide signage budget to $50 a year - and has outsourced even... Read more

By - 1/12/06 - 4:00 am

Store clerk at 7-11 struck in head with brick; victim grabbed cigarettes and alcohol. Pedestrian walking by went in store, confronted suspect, who dropped the goods and fled. Victim refused medical help.

70 E. India Row

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By - 1/2/06 - 7:27 pm

Francis Nearis, 34, of Malden arrested in the Aquarium MBTA station after allegedly robbing the Store 24 on State Street. Police recovered a silver pistol-cigarette lighter.

177 State St.

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By - 12/30/05 - 9:24 pm

Well, sure, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. But now its infamy is spreading westa 128. The Project for Public Spaces has named City Hall Plaza the worst public space in the entire world:

... There is no square as terrible and bleak as this one. It is the polar opposite of what belongs at the center of one of North

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By - 12/17/05 - 7:19 pm

D.L. notes a guitar player on an Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing on Friday:

... A gentleman wearing a Santa hat was quietly and beautifully playing Christmas Carols on his guitar. I think it worth noting these were not holiday songs they were of Christmas. He played them with respect. They were superb and enhanced by the venue -- how very fortunate for

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By - 10/6/05 - 4:21 pm

Sid describes an encounter with open-source doyen Richard M. Stallman:

Ran into the one and only GNU guru (and part time lawn gnome) whilst waiting for the train down in the ugly stinking pit of the Downtown Crossing T-stop in Boston (he got off at Kendall Sq., natch). ...

Ed. note: Yes, yes, I know that rms is the father of free software... Read more

By - 9/30/05 - 4:29 pm

Although the man/train accident was at Park Street, commuters elsewhere on the line report the same sort of chaos that broke out there. In a letter to T officials, Goose details what happened at Downtown Crossing:

The Red Line train I was on was stopped about 20 yards short of the platform at Downtown Crossing. We were held there without light or ventilation

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By - 8/11/05 - 11:25 am

News that Filene's will soon be no more got John to researching the chain's history. He discovered the Filene brothers were quite the innovators:

... Both brothers were very interested in the ideas surrounding scientific management, and using research to develop new methods for marketing and retailing. It is a sad day for Boston to lose such a historic brand. ...

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By - 5/10/05 - 7:41 pm

The state Department of Mental Health's Hurley Building was designed in the same "brutalist" mode as the nearby City Hall. But City Hall is a delightful little confectionary compared to this truly brutal, depressing series of concrete fists smashing the spirit of onlookers into a thin pulp. Elephantine concrete columns follow one after another, with no visual relief, figuratively... Read more

By - 1/21/05 - 8:24 pm

Ron notes that a merger of the companies that own Macy's and Filene's could mean the end of Filene's:

Everyone in New England should be praying for this deal to fall through. Nothing good can come of it.

By - 1/20/05 - 10:02 pm

David takes the T today and is repeatedly reminded why he doesn't like taking the T:

... Then, before we could pull out of Park Street, the T driver got up suddenly, came out from behind her curtain like the Wizard of Oz, looked at the car full of people, said something unintelligible and then walked off

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By - 1/19/05 - 7:53 pm

Sarcastic Sam reports:

Just heard on the radio that FBI is searching for a dirty bomb in Boston...supposedly another FBI office had a lead that someone was trying to detonate a DB in Boston...hmmm should I ask to go home early?

WTF is up with that? says:

Boston terror threat probed


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