Downtown

By - 5/22/14 - 3:33 pm
Cab protest

Meng Mao captured the scene this afternoon as local cab drivers circled Uber's downtown office to protest its service.

Click to hear the sounds of dozens of horns held down in fury as cab drivers urge Uber to recognize the error of its non-regulated ways.

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By - 5/22/14 - 7:20 am
Fog downtown

Around 6:30 a.m., Paul Nutting looked out the window of his office in Government Center.

Dense fog just enveloped Logan then waterfront then Govt Ctr. eerie, sun rising above.

Across Fort Point Channel, John Mcboston tried to see downtown, but saw just a fog bank:

By - 5/21/14 - 8:04 am
Missing governor at King's Chapel Burying Ground in Boston

Anybody know whose name is covered up on this plaque and why?

By - 5/20/14 - 1:18 pm

The MBTA reports some unspecified power problem between North Station and Sullivan Square means only one track is in operation right now.

By - 5/19/14 - 11:25 am

Track problems at Park Street mean travel problems for riders heading to Mission Hill, Brighton, Brookline and Newton.

By - 5/19/14 - 10:19 am

A Lawrence man faces arraignment today on charges of assault and battery and indecent exposure for an incident around 7:25 p.m. on Saturday at the Park Street T stop.

Transit Police report that Saud Alradada, 21, of Lawrence, went up to a T worker standing by the fare gates and punched her in the shoulder for no good reason:

The victim yelled out to

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By - 5/17/14 - 11:38 pm
Aquarium on the Blue Line

Standing at Aquarium, Matt Lowe shows us what happens when a train dies on the Blue Line, in this case around 8 p.m. outbound.

By - 5/16/14 - 8:53 am

The Wall Street Journal has a nice overview of all the new residential projects attracting rich white people to the Washington Street corridor that starts this way:

New high-rise developments are transforming the neighborhood once called 'the Combat Zone'

It is only a seven-minute commute by foot from Boston's Downtown Crossing to the office of Ben Howe, co-founder and CEO of investment-banking firm AGC

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By - 5/14/14 - 5:03 pm

Suffolk Construction has posted this time lapse from the April weekend when it poured more concrete than had ever been poured in a single effort in Boston, as part of the construction of the Millennium Tower atop what used to be Filene's.

Earlier:
Photos from the concrete pour.

H/t Plunkett Prime Props.... Read more

By - 5/14/14 - 1:52 pm
Franklin Street shut

Police blocked off Franklin Street around 1:20 p.m. due to a couple of suspicious items in a white SUV parked outside 260 Franklin St.

Bill Yelenak captured the scene - police have opened all the vehicle's doors and its hatchback.

Another view, by Jed Hresko:

Franklin Street

The objects in the SUV, which had... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 9:30 am

Mike Dash introduces us to the strange story of James McClintock, a Confederate engineer who built the H.L. Hunley, a submarine that sank the Union ship Housatonic in 1864, and who later showed up in Boston to work with a con man on recruiting investors for a new type of naval mine. McClintock disappeared after an explosion in Boston Harbor in 1879. But did... Read more

By - 5/11/14 - 8:10 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the return of the guy who canoes from dock to dock, does karate exercises at each and screams at anybody who approaches him.

John Ford reports his name is Michael and that he was a regular at Occupy Boston in Dewey Square.

By - 5/9/14 - 8:37 pm

Around 7:30 p.m., H reported:

On a dark Red Line train stuck between Kendall and Park...

By - 5/8/14 - 10:45 am

Transit Police posted this video of quick action by Det. Sean Conway around 2:10 p.m. yesterday at Park Street:

The male was about to jump into the "pit" area when the quick acting detective was able to grab the male, practically in mid air, and prevent him from harming himself.

By - 5/7/14 - 3:20 pm
Tearing down the Government Center T stop

A mechanical concreteasaur, a backhoe and a sort of pile driver consumed the headhouse, or entrance, of the Government Center T stop today.

By - 5/7/14 - 11:15 am
Another Scollay Square tile sign found

The MBTA reports workers gutting Government Center for its two-year renovation have uncovered yet another tiled sign from back in the days when the stop was known as Scollay Square, back when Boston still had a Scollay Square.

By - 5/7/14 - 9:13 am
Box that shut Downtown Crossing

The box that shut Downtown Crossing. Photo by Getch22.

Updated.

Both Red and Orange line service halted around 8:45 a.m. The Filene's construction site and Macy's were evacuated. Barricades went up around the intersection of Washington and Summer and Winter streets.

WHDH reports a dumbass man was taken into custody after telling Orange Line workers the box he was carrying contained a bomb.

It didn't.

The MBTA reports the man was given... Read more

By - 5/5/14 - 1:23 pm
Suspicious backpack

Otis Street near Winthrop Square is shut as the BPD bomb squad investigates a backpack just sitting there.

Angie took photos of the backpack sitting there and as a bomb-squad member investigated it.

Bomb squad member investigates backpack

At1:27 p.m., Dan Dunn reported:

Officer took off body armor. Picked up bag and walked away. Street opening.

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