... He lives in Massachusetts (Stoughton, I think), but he writes mostly about downtown Boston -- particularly the Beacon Hill area, where I work. In one book, his main character points out that a clear sign of the impending Apocalypse (which that character is trying to avert) is that there is no wait at the Bourne Bridge. :-) ...
This week's Friday-afternoon issue: Disabled Green Line train at Haymarket.
Also heavy delays reported on the bus rapid transit line due to traffic on Washington Street.
Don Martelli takes some video of people lining up outside a TD
BankNorth branch waiting for some of the handouts of 19,600 candy bars - five of which will contain "golden tickets" for a tour of the garden and the chance to win season tickets to every single Garden event in the upcoming season.
MBTA Transit Police report the line is causing no problems for people who just want to catch a train at North Station.
The Globe reports on the financial arrangement between the MBTA and the private company that leases South Station.
Dan Grabauskas blames Fred Salvucci, who hasn't been in office for 20 years. The Outraged Liberal asks:
... So if this is a problem of 20 years, why hasn't anyone noticed it before, least of all the crackerjack MBTA management that is trying to pinch every penny to avoid fare hikes?
John Keith reports.
I was meeting somebody on the Common today (it's amazing what you can do when the weather's nice). As I walked down Winter, there was Spare Change Guy doing his usual thing (and still clean-shaven) right at Tremont.
Meeting done, I walked through the Common back toward Downtown Crossing. Spare Change Guy was sitting on a bench. His hand was out, and he was asking for spare change, but he was really subdued, almost like his battery was worn down.
At his usual spot at Winter and Tremont, there was a Spare Change guy, somebody hawking Spare Change News. So is there some rotation going on here?
Shawn Donovan of Billerica, owner of the Revolution Rock Club on High Street, was indicted on Friday under the state's witness-intimidation law for allegedly trying to keep police from learning what happened there early on New Year's Day.
Here's what it's like:
NOTE: If you follow the links back to the guy's main YouTube page, you'll find one video titled "The worst thing I found in the trash." You do NOT want to click on it, unless you like seeing a bucket of bloated dead rats.
Interesting to see how much has changed - and hasn't - since the 1920s:
Kate Adams forwarded this photo of people actually walking around in the sunshine at noontime today, at the South Station farmers' market.
That's what they did in Wellesley, which has its own giant hole in the ground (where the Wellesley Inn got torn down for condos that never materialized). The Swellesley Report notes the developers actually agreed to do something to keep part of the town from looking like London after the Blitz:
... We'll miss seeing the tumbleweeds blowing across the vacant lot, but I guess we can't have it all. ...
The Boston Licensing Board decided today to take no action against the South Street Diner over noise complaints, which means the eatery can continue to serve up food at all hours.
Technically, the board "filed" complaints from four neighbors, which theoretically means the board could re-open the case if it receives additional complaints.
However, at a hearing yesterday, none of the people who'd complained about late-night noise appeared, while numerous other nearby residents and patrons attended to voice their support for what they said was a much needed service in a bustling area run by a true gentleman.
Neighbors and patrons of the South Street Diner packed a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, asking the board to let the long-time eatery continue to operate around the clock.
Michael Flemming said he and his wife moved to the area exactly because it's a bustling area, thanks in part to the diner, which has been open 24 hours for more than 60 years.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Sean Evelyn, 23, guilty of second degree murder for the New Year's Eve, 2006 death of Cushings Fortuna outside South Station, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
It was warm but not sweltering yesterday as thousands of Bostonians stood in the sun downing clam chowder. Ned Devine's won, followed by Parker's and Farmer Brown's.