Matt Conti reports on a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to approve the BRA's plan to lease out the shelter at the end of the wharf for use as a restaurant.
Boston Police report a man who watched three guys knock down a woman in a vain attempt to get her purse on Milk Street caught up with the alleged ringleader on Surface Road near India Street and did to him what he did to the woman and then held him down until police arrived.
Steven Bell, 24, of Quincy, was charged with attempted unarmed robbery and assault and battery. Police say he was charged with possession of a Class E substance - an as yet unidentified prescription drug - after a needle he had pricked an officer during booking.
The Boston Fire Department reports an electrical fire in the basement of Kennedy's Midtown did an estimated $100,000 in damage this morning.
Massive development along the harbor is so last century. E. Kevin Schopfer proposes a massive development IN the harbor - a floating block of concrete and steel in the harbor with enough room to house 15,000 people and "sky gardens" every 30 floors that he calls the Boston Arcology or Boa:
Boa will eliminate the need for cars within the urban structure to create a carbon neutral entity. Some of these elements are secured wind turbines, fresh water recovery and storage systems, passive glazing system, sky garden heating/cooling vents, gray water treatment, solar array banding panels, and harbor based water turbines. A massive park system platform (pedestrian only) will be more than double the current green space allocation for the waterfront of Boston.
The Globe reports the developer who wants to replace the Government Center garage with $2.2 billion worth of skyscrapery goodness is replacing the current project manager with Tom O'Brien, former director of the BRA. Given the economy, though, they don't plan to build upwards right now.
By an old token booth at the station, quickly knocked down.
Gee, and it's been so nice getting in and out of the post office or the grocery store without standing in line for half an hour, and having parking spaces open for friends to come visit. Oh well, looks like that's all over 'til May.
Students at the bigger/more notable institutions come tromping back:
That would be Anna B., who explains why, after her January CharlieCard runs out, she'll be driving to work.
The Globe reports on the failure of complicated maneuvering to get the Postal Service out of its building next to South Station.
Mass. Transportation Secretary Jeff Mullan, however, doesn't see it quite like that. He tweets this morning:
Postal Service news presents opportunities for us regarding South Station capacity issues. We do not see it as a setback at all.
Blue Line commuters no doubt are hoping not to see a repeat of last night's chaos at Government Center. Faegirl is among them.
Boston Police report they are looking for the few, the proud, the sucker-punching Marines for an incident on High Street around 12:30 this morning.
Police say two Marines in full uniform used their fists, feet and a beer bottle in a two-stage attack on a man whose female companion they wanted:
Reports are coming in of a guy on the Red Line tracks at South Station. Climbed back up OK, was promptly pinned to the ground by a T inspector to await police, Marq tweets.
Local 718 tweets shortly after 4 p.m. about a flood in the gift shop across from the Aquarium:
WATER MAIN BREAK CENTRAL WHARF AT AQUARIUM CMD RPTS BREAK CAUSING MAJOR FLOORING IN BUILDING
UPDATE: MBTA says no fires.
Boston Police are tweeting there are fires in the Chinatown AND State Street stations on the Orange Line. Local 718 tweets firefighters are trying to determine the source of smoke on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing.
The T itself is only reporting a disabled inbound train at Haymarket.
Shawn Donovan, owner of the Revolution Rock Club on High Street, pleaded guilty last week to charges of urging witnesses to destroy evidence and lying to police investigating a New Year's Day shooting by an acquaintance of his, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
The six-story 61 Batterymarch St., Channel 5 reports.