Downtown

By - 8/4/07 - 10:45 am

Pushcart WarCappy, who owns three of the pushcarts in front of Filene's, is blogging the efforts to save the pushcarts and the small businesses that are being forced out by property owners and city officials eager to turn the area into a more upscale boutique marketplace or something.

In a Globe article dated August 2 the BRA and Mayor's office patted themselves on the back for moving two "downtown Crossing Vendors" to new locations thus saving their businesses from the Filene's construction. They sent out press releases to tell the public that, "We know how important it is to keep these businesses going during construction and to give them the support they need," Menino said in a statement. "The continued vitality of Downtown Crossing is one of our top priorities." However, Lamberts Marketplace and GT Florist aren't street vendors. They aren't even in the Downtown Crossing Marketplace. They moved them to two locations the real street vendors have been waiting eagerly to move to. The question is why? ...

The Pushcart War is a great kid's book, and the plot shares some similarities to the current battle - just substitute "property owners" for "truckers." But where are the kids with pushpins?

By - 7/13/07 - 1:17 pm

thecappy03 reports:

Chacarero, Lambert's, Mediterranneo and every business associated with the old Filene's building was given an early eviction notice earlier this month. They are all to be closed and shuttered by July 31 with no hope of ever returning to the upscale, unaffordable new tower to be completed in 2010 at the earliest. The Pushcart Marketplace which has been an affordable staple in the Crossing will be booted off the premises August 31 according to Anne Meyers of the Downtown Crossing Association.

By - 6/27/07 - 11:33 pm

Cap'n Ho isn't one to complain about the MBTA, but he makes an exception today:

... Standing right in the doorway of the Orange Line train, taking up probably 60% of the space in the opening, was a woman sporting a T Customer Service blazer. People exiting or entering the train (those would be the customers...) had to squeeze by her to get into or get off the car. She showed absolutely no inclination to move out of the doorway, or even to move to the side to make it easier for passengers. ...

By - 6/26/07 - 5:30 pm
Bang a gong - get it on!

On the side of the Borders building in Downtown Crossing - which you can tell predates the chain by some time based on the design of this fire alarm.

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By - 6/22/07 - 5:09 pm

Picture this: City Hall Plaza. A "day at the beach" picnic featuring two tons of sand. What could go wrong? Wonder if Les Nesman broadcast it live?

By - 6/20/07 - 9:01 pm

Peter and another Red Line commuter team up to help some poor disturbed guy who'd gotten lost on his way to the doctor and who was busy being ignored by other people as he paced up and down hitting himself in the head:

By - 6/16/07 - 8:41 am

There's just something so soothing about BBC reporters, even when covering screaming brides and bridesmaids.

By - 6/10/07 - 5:30 pm

White male wearing a blue sweatshirt, white shirt, red baseball cap with white letter B, showed gun.

20 Park Plaza

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By - 6/10/07 - 2:56 am

Dispute led to four men taking off belts and beating occupants of the car behind them.

260 Tremont St.

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By - 6/1/07 - 10:57 pm

Woman held up by man holding a piece of glass.

David Robinson, 34, of Roxbury, charged with armed robbery.

Tremont St.

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By - 6/1/07 - 8:49 pm

The Missus reports:

... Today he was screaming at passersby, and he even approached a few cars, about God while wearing a sign. ...

By - 6/1/07 - 1:50 pm

Fortunately, not a major fire around 1 a.m., but accounts of passengers pounding on doors that wouldn't open as smoke filled their car are not inspiring much faith in T safety, Mr. Grabauskas.

By - 5/22/07 - 6:42 pm

White man with black spiked hair showed gun, got cash.

20 Park Plaza

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By - 5/12/07 - 11:45 am

Papyrus robbed.

28 Tremont St.

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By - 4/21/07 - 11:09 pm

Jennifer Stewart was on the Orange Line headed toward Back Bay today, when she heard two loud bangs and then the lights flickered on and off and the train just stopped:

... I turned my head to the left, as if there was a snowball's chance in hell of me seeing anything that would explain the commotion, and saw....smoke.

By - 4/18/07 - 10:33 am
melted

Jake Wark photographed this cab on fire around 8:15 this morning outside Center Plaza. He reports that Boston Fire arrived moments later and extinguished what was left of the taxi.

Update: Report from the guy who got the cabbie out of the car.

By - 3/11/07 - 4:17 pm

Suspect put knife at victim's abdomen, fled with cash.

200 State St.

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By - 3/8/07 - 8:49 pm

over and over and over and over again

The hot dogs slowly spin over and over and over again. Somebody must buy them, right?

By - 3/2/07 - 2:27 am

Six Dorchester men arrested on various charges with they refused to disperse; numerous officers had to quell resulting brawl.

Tremont and Winter streets

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By - 2/24/07 - 1:24 am

Showed gun, threatened to kill occupants of other car if they did not cede parking .space. Police staked out space; arrested him an hour later.

Boylston and Charles streets

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