Downtown

By - 8/18/09 - 8:07 am

A disabled trolley at Government Center is, of course, making a mess of things on the Green Line toward Park Street and outbound.

By - 8/14/09 - 8:47 am

The Boston Real Estate Observer reports on a scam involving an alleged $800-a-month rental in a fancy downtown building.

By - 8/13/09 - 3:39 pm

Dead trolley at Park Street is causing delays between Government Center and Kenmore, the T reports and Darryl Fuller tweets.

By - 8/10/09 - 11:46 pm

Panhandler this afternoon on Summer Street in Downtown Crossing:

Could you give me some money for absolutely no reason at all? I've run out of excuses.

Orange Line operator on the PA this evening as the train pulled into Forest Hills:

I hope you had a good time on the Orange Line! Please remember to take all your belongings. See you again!

By - 8/10/09 - 9:23 am

The Globe reports on how badly developer John Hynes feels about the empty swimmin' hole on Washington Street, says that if he doesn't get financing by October to start building there, he'll fill the hole in. No word on whether he'll also cover up what's left of the Filene's buildings, or simply leave them to rot so that when he finally does get financing, he can tell the city they're too far gone to save and simply knock them down.

By - 8/5/09 - 3:37 pm

Lindsay Crudele reports she stopped by a new Theater District taqueria (name not given), asked the owner what he'd recommend:

... The owner answered, "Well, for the girls, they like ..." and "For the boys..." explaining that the latter prefer bulky burritos while the former dine on delicate quesadillas. ...

She reports her heteronormative, feminine quesadilla tasted vaguely of paper and cheap pico de gallo sauce.

By - 8/5/09 - 12:27 pm
Yikes

K Crowley posted a series of photos from this morning's platform collapse and rescue 37 floors up at 53 State St., including both shots from a nearby skyscraper and from inside her office in the building.

Copyright K Crowley. Posted by permission.

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??!!