Ari Ofsevit makes the case that adding electric wires and buying electric-powered cars would make a lot more sense on the only in-city commuter-rail line than the individual diesel cars the T proposed buying until the governor put the kibosh on them: Electrification would be cheaper in the long run and the trains would get to and from downtown faster.
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 13 Elm St. this afternoon did an estimated $75,000 in damage and sent one firefighter to the hospital with a neck injury.
The cause of the second-floor fire, reported around 2:15 p.m., remains under investigation.
One of the docks on Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation this afternoon - during the two minutes when the wind stopped and the surface of the pond was fairly calm.
Boston Police report officers responding to a report of gunfire at 493 Huntington Ave., near River, found a man dead of gunshot wounds around 4:05 a.m.
City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) hope to hold a hearing at which MBTA officials can explain the differing fares for commuter-rail stations within Boston city limits - in particular at stations south of Forest Hills. Read more.
At first, it might seem like a ridiculous question. But as Readville residents told the prospective developer of 240 apartments across the Milton Street bridge from Readville station tonight, it begins to make sense if you actually try to commute from the station. Read more.
City councilors are working with residents along American Legion Highway to preserve "urban wilds" along the road and ultimately create a more bucolic stretch out of what at-large Councilor Steve Murphy says is now a "blighted" area. Read more.
A developer that specializes in turning dilapidated industrial and commercial parcels into market-rate housing has its eyes on the dilapidated old warehouse at 1725 Hyde Park Ave., just north of the Readville train station. Read more.
A concerned citizen reports being a little confused by what's on the side of this store on Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park:
Unable to determine if this is a gang related or simple stupid art.
The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project will spray areas around Fowl Meadow with an aerosol insecticide this coming Wednesday night - Thursday if it rains or the truck has issues.
The sumethrin spraying will be done in the area of Neponset Valley Parkway between Meadow Road and Prescott Street. The Boston Public Health Commission advises: Read more.
UPDATE: Road reopened at 11:30 p.m.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. just south of the Americas Food Basket mall. Van flipped on its side; at least three injuries. The road is shut south of Metropolitan Avenue.
Hyde Park residents who looked up shortly before 11 p.m. got a look at a blimp puttering overhead.
Franklin and Needham Line service was shut for about 20 minutes as Boston Police pursued a burglary suspect who kept running across the train tracks south of Canterbury Street around 3 p.m. Officers swarmed both sides of the tracks for the suspect, who eventually tried to make good his escape through wooded yards on the Roslindale side - only to be caught by Transit Police officers who had arrived to help out.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) thinks local schools need to educate students on what to do if they find syringes, needles and similar implements in public spaces.
Boston firefighters are at 10 Solaris Rd., behind Tutto Italiano on River St., for a fire reported around 12:50 p.m.
WCVB reports on the incident at Iacono Playground.
With so many rail lines converging and all these old-fashioned trestles, Readville's the best place in Boston to see all manner of commuter-rail and Amtrak trains. And with what could be the last rail yard in the city limits (Ed. note: Somebody correct me if I'm wrong), it's also the best place to see freight trains. This afternoon, these two locomotives pushed a series of freight cars into the Readville yard, just past Readville station on the Fairmount Line.