Downtown

By - 1/27/16 - 6:44 am

Wicked C captured the scene around 4:15 p.m. yesterday when a small fire broke out under the edge of the inbound Orange Line platform, the T workers couldn't quite see it to aim a fire extinguisher at it and then a particularly vocal guy from the outbound platform jumped onto the tracks to point it out to them (around 1:40 in the video), which the T workers did not seem to appreciate.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 1/25/16 - 12:53 pm
A more illuminated Boston City Hall

Rendering of a re-lit CIty Hall.

Mayor Walsh's office today announced a plan to bathe the exterior of City Hall with a new generation of light fixtures that will supposedly make it look more attractive even as they save on energy costs. Read more.

By - 1/25/16 - 9:27 am
Smashed car on the Zakim Bridge

Tim shows us one of the cars in a two-car crash on Leverett connector northbound around 8:30 a.m.

By - 1/24/16 - 7:37 pm

Once again, the Boston Globe writes about the BRA's impending unlawful mayor-assisted heist of the City's Winthrop Square garage, blaming the whistle-blower for holding up the works.

I posted the following comment: Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 3:56 pm
Northern Avenue Bridge over Fort Point Channel in 1919

The bridge and downtown Boston in 1919. Photo by Leslie Jones. See larger.

The Globe reports Boston officials have decided to tear down the old Northern Avenue Bridge starting in March - although a spokeswoman for the mayor said today that "there will still be an opportunity to preserve the bridge, but it cannot stay where it is because of its current condition." Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 7:55 am

This is YUGE: The Donald endorsed Emerson College this week after an Emerson-based poll showed him leading in Iowa:

Emerson College, very important, great college.

By - 1/21/16 - 7:38 am
Smokey State Street station on the Orange Line

Chris Puopolo was among the Orange Line riders forced to detrain at State Street around 6:30 this morning when the train started smoking. Around the same time, another Orange Line train flatlined at Downtown Crossing.

By - 1/20/16 - 12:12 am

Vague talk about doing something about the rusted out old Northern Avenue Bridge one of these years has suddenly become a more focused goal of city officials now that GE is moving to the South Boston Waterfront; the Globe reports officials made fixing the bridge part of their pitch to GE and seem confident they can come up with the money to fix it up.

By - 1/19/16 - 4:06 pm
Old State House crowding for a Blue Line substitute bus

Beth Gavin gives us the bird's-eye view of Blue Line riders trying to get on one of the buses running instead of trains due to the investigation into the shooting at the Maverick Square T stop.

Read more.

By - 1/18/16 - 5:32 pm
Wind-blown snow at Boston Garden

JB Parrett reports the wind made it pretty nippy down by the Garden today.

By - 1/18/16 - 11:32 am
Boston Common's Parkman Bandstand in the snow

Mark Novak took a walk around the Parkman Bandstand and the rest of Boston Common last night.

By - 1/18/16 - 10:33 am
Snowman on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston

Patrick McMahon shows us a couple of kids with the snowman they built this morning on the Greenway in Dewey Square.

By - 1/15/16 - 9:18 am

An Orange Line train breathed its last at North Station and now there are, of course, delays.

By - 1/13/16 - 10:00 am
Pedestrians told to use sidewalk in Downtown Crossing

UPDATE: This post is proof of Betteridge's Law and the fact that I can be awfully unobservant since the signs have been there for 7 months and are only related to the Tower construction.

This sign recently popped up in Downtown Crossing (along with a twin at Summer and Winter). A signal of the city's intentions, or just a temporary measure until Millennium Tower is finished? In either case, many hardened Bostonian pedestrians were paying the sign no heed yesterday.

By - 1/12/16 - 5:43 pm
Investigation at School and Tremont streets

Tremont still shut for investigation at 7:10 p.m. Photo by La Bibliotequetress.

Anthony J. reports a pedestrian was hit around 5:15 p.m. in a multi-car crash. The pedestrian and one driver were taken to local hospitals, one in bad shape.

Our own La Bibliotequetress reports what happened: Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 2:37 pm

MassDOT reports Green Line service will be halted between Park and Haymarket stations for five nights - starting tonight - to allow work on the revamped Government Center station: Read more.

By - 1/11/16 - 12:25 pm

Villa Mexico, forced to shut when the Cambridge Street gas station it was in was sold for development, re-opened today at 121 Water St. downtown.

By - 1/8/16 - 2:48 pm

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday suspended the Stage's right to offer bottle service indefinitely because of a November incident in which a server had a champagne bottle thrown at her and wound up getting pounded into the floor by several angry patrons. Read more.

By - 1/6/16 - 5:34 pm
Round, yellowish bird on the Greenway

Spotted this little chirper on the Greenway near the InterContinental today. Anybody know what kind of bird it is?