By - 10/22/08 - 8:58 am

The Herald reports the city is trying to get rid of ugly signage in Downtown Crossing as it tries to turn the area into an upscale residential mall. The Globe, meanwhile, reports the city is trying to get rid of ugly punk kids as it tries to turn the area into an upscale residential mall.

By - 10/21/08 - 10:47 pm

Johnsu01 asks:

Anyone else see the Braintree train start to leave Downtown Crossing with its doors still open and people still trying to get on the train tonight around 6:20pm? ...

Dammit, they've got a schedule to keep.

By - 10/21/08 - 10:24 pm

Sonia Chang-Diaz, could be on her way as the first Latina-American to become a state senator, representing the 2nd Suffolk District of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and others.

Meanwhile, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner (African-American) blasted the "Soon-To-Be" first ever Latina on her way to becoming the next State Senator; calling Chang-Diaz "A Non-Latina" with no kind of Latino blood background in her whatsoever.

By - 10/21/08 - 1:38 am

Saturday, October 18th, hundreds of residents "spotted" the duo knocking on doors in Roxbury and Dorchester. Is that Sonia whatever-her-name-is? And is that MC Spice? The conversation is sparked, and the pitch to get support at the polls is made. Residents are wowed to have Ms. Diaz at their front door showing her normality and human side. Most were especially glad to see an old friend of the community supporting the Democratic nominee for state senate.

By - 10/19/08 - 1:21 pm

Faegirl took plenty of photos at the annual pumpkin-lighting festival at City Hall Plaza.

David Kruta posted one good shot. Simpson391 has more. Ol' Mr. Boston was there.

By - 10/19/08 - 10:59 am

Take a ride from downtown to Copley Square on a 1903 trolley, courtesy Thomas Edison's film company:

Via Somerville STEP by way of Sam Baltrusis.

By - 10/17/08 - 4:41 pm

The Patriot Ledger reports a Somerville man was charged with some groping and exposing on the Red Line during the Tuesday afternoon commute.

Erald Pasholli, 28, started making trouble as soon as he got on an outbound train at Downtown Crossing, staring with yelling obscenities at some women and ending with exposing himself between North Quincy and Wollaston, the paper reports.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/17/08 - 11:54 am

The Globe reports on efforts by Tom Menino to deal with shrinking investment income and cuts in state aid (hmm, the story doesn't mention it, but you gotta think revenue from the auto excise tax is also dropping).

In addition to a hiring freeze, the city is looking at scaling back $120 million in planned capital improvements over the next year - such as repairs and upgrades to parks, schools and sidewalks. Also on the potential chopping block: The proposed move of City Hall to the South Boston waterfront, for which the city had budgeted several hundred thousand dollars this year just in planning costs.

In an effort to jumpstart the local economy, Menino also asked the BRA to speed up its approval for $1.9 billion worth of construction projects in the Back Bay, near South Station and Downtown Crossing, the Globe reports.

By - 10/16/08 - 4:31 pm

There's just something romantic about an old steam locomotive plugging along, those plumes of steam and smoke trailing behind it.

At least one commuter-rail train out of South Station brought those days back to life around 4 this afternoon, an alert e-mailer informs us:

[It was] belching humongous amounts of black smoke. Tons of black smoke. You'd have thought the darn thing was running on coal. Instead of stopping on past the platform or heading into the Red Line yard, I believe the train continued on its way towards JFK/UMass. The plume was very dramatic and ran the length of the post office building
and extended even behind the giant ventilation building on the south side. Folks on the street were gawking just like folks in office buildings.

By - 10/16/08 - 9:10 am

LiveJournal discussion (with video) of that guy who plays that weird Chinese stick instrument, badly, usually at Harvard Square, but more recently at Park Street. With examples of how the instrument sounds when played well.

By - 10/15/08 - 7:43 pm

Alicia reports Macy's in Downtown Crossing is already decked out for Christmas; photographs a worker bring lots more balls up the escalator.

By - 10/14/08 - 9:10 am

A bankrupt MBTA continues to press for a $1.2-billion bus tunnel linking the two legs of the Silver Line even though officials have no idea how they'll pay for it:

Daniel A. Grabauskas, general manager of the MBTA, calls the Silver Line Phase III a good transit project, but does not explain how his agency can afford it, other than borrowing more money and hoping for a longer-term fix to the T's budget problems from the state government.

The Outraged Liberal is not amused:

... [L]et's assume, foe the sake of argument, that we somehow miraculously find the money. Does anyone believe the MBTA will bring this project in on time and one budget? Can you say Kenmore Station? ...

By - 10/13/08 - 5:28 pm

Penny gives a thumb's up to brunch at Asana, the restaurant in the new Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street:

... I had the Brioche French Toast with blueberries and added a side of crispy bacon. While it sounds as if it could be a heavy version of the classic dish, it was quite the opposite. This French Toast almost floated off the plate. ...

Pam puts her thumb up for Fajitas and 'Ritas in Downtown Crossing:

Cheap Mexican food is easy to find, but cheap sit-down Mexican is not so forthcoming. Luckily, Fajitas & 'Ritas in Downtown Crossing offers south-of-the-border eats with less cafeteria-style ambiance. Whether you're looking for appetizers and pitchers of margaritas or a full meal, there's plenty on the menu that will satisfy. ...

By - 10/13/08 - 10:45 am

Smash a bottle on floor, then refuse to leave the drinking establishment (in this case, McFadden's, 138 State St., after Saturday/Sunday's game):

When officers instructed the suspect that he had to leave the establishment, the suspect began to verbally abuse the officers. Eventually, the suspect did acquiesce and comply to the officers' instructions. However, as officers were escorting the suspect towards the exit, the suspect's friend (Suspect #2) pushed officers and yelled, "That's my boy! Let him go!" At this point, both suspects began shoving the arresting officers in an effort to make good their escape. Officers arrested Lesley Bonnet, 26, Malden and Nicholas Wallen, 21, of Boston and charged both with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer.

Also good to know: Some downtown jewelry stores can lock their doors with the press of a remote button, so if you attempt to, oh, make off with a gold chain, they'll lock you inside until police arrive.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/11/08 - 2:35 pm

Boston Police report on three incidents early this morning:

When officers separated two battlin' betties at Causeway and Lancaster streets around 1 this morning, the more combative of the two was having none of it:

By - 10/11/08 - 10:30 am

Rajiv posts video:

After a tough day at work and all the dismal financial news this week, this guy brought me back to life with his trumpet. Thanks Mr. trumpeter!

By - 10/7/08 - 10:41 pm

Boston Police report a woman got into a cab around 11:50 p.m. and was indecently assaulted by the driver, described as a Middle Eastern male, in his 30s, 5'8", 170 lbs. driving a white taxi with green letters.

By - 10/7/08 - 9:57 pm

Andy, a Boston public high teacher, reports his students are telling him about a big fight after school yesterday. Channel 5 reported 200 teens had to be escorted out of the Downtown Crossing T stop.