Alex Howell tweets:
There is an endless stream of cars running down Meridian St. in East Boston with Algerian flags out the windows blaring on their horns.
In other news, Boston has an Algerian community.
Did District E7 just make UH news for something other than a stabbing or "head punching"?
If you hadn't posted that, I might not have remembered to look at the latest report from A-7 - there are a couple of entries in there ...
Speaking of which, why doesn't UH cover other police districts with the same intensity as they do E-7? There definitely is news concerning Dorchester, but you never see anything about Back Bay or Beacon Hill. Those are definitely not crime-free areas.
Couple of things going on here.
First, are people really getting punched in the head a couple times a week on Beacon Hill?
That having been said, A-7 (not E-7) is simply very good at publishing crime notes. They even have their own Web site (although it's been a bit spottier of late).
Other districts are just not so comprehensive. C-6 (South Boston, mostly), used to send out weekly e-mail alerts with all the comparable crimes, but they stopped doing that a few months ago, at least via the Citizen Alert system that was supposed to be used for just that purpose. Ditto for E-5 (West Roxbury/Roslindale), but maybe that's because most of the alerts were essentially the same: More cars/houses broken into because the owners didn't lock their doors at night.
The captain in E-13 has started posting stuff on the JP neighbors for Neighbors site.
BPDNews is a must read for the crime obsessed, but they are very selective: While they do post about all murders and major incidents (see today's post about the gang shooting at that Dorchester elementary school), they don't post about basic quality-of-life stuff, such as "routine" A&Bs.
So East Boston gets a bit of an unfair reputation among people who read Universal Hub, simply because they're better at reporting than the other districts (see the latest stats - East Boston doesn't seem out of line with other districts). But while there are certainly muggings in other neighborhoods (Wicked Local seems to do a decent job with the crime news in Allston/Brighton and Roslindale and West Roxbury), the head-punching thing seems to be unique to East Boston.
Maybe they heard me. C-6 update, posted today.
Algerian community out in force downtown, too. I was walking through Boston Common half an hour-ish ago listening to my pod when I hear honking. Non. Stop. It was pretty cool. At first I thought it was politics related. It reminded me of being out in the streets after the sox won in 2004. I love sh-... shtuff like that when a huge group of people are just feeling great.
Kind of funny until about three in a row ran the red light and almost nailed the guy pulling across Dartmouth Street.
Eeesh. OK, exuberance is great, but yeah, safety's first.
MY WIFE and I were walking to the Celts game last night, past the Haymarket area, and we saw a big crowd waving banners, tooting horns, etc., outside of an ethnic market (I'd give the name, but can't remember it) and we wondered if it was some sort of protest. I mentioned to MY WIFE that it looked more like a sporting rally of some sort, but we had no idea what it could have been. Thanks for clearing that up for us!
Went to a Celts game with you. That's very nice of YOUR WIFE.
Haha, what's up with the all caps?
Long story short, I started referring to her in all caps a long while back on a TV review site I was contributing to at the time. I kept it up on my current blog. Now I just do it all the time, wherever I post anything. I hardly think of it. My fingers just automatically go to the 'shift' key when I write it :-)
Funny. Reminds me of the SNL skits where Fred Armisen plays Gov. David Patterson. Of course his eyes are not trained on the camera while he's talking, but then all of a sudden he'll say NEW JERSEY and look right at the camera.