Megan reports on a recent "progressive dinner" in the North End, in which she and some friends had a five-course meal - with each course in a different restaurant, starting with cocktails at Ristorante Fiore and ending with dessert at Prezza.
The City Council holds a hearing today to consider a proposal by councilors Felix Arroyo and Michael Ross for a law to let the city regulate the hours of commercial trash haulers. The session starts at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
Currently, companies that pick up trash from businesses can operate whenever they feel like it, which the councilors say is unfair to residents of neighborhoods where residences sit right on top of businesses, such as the North End and the South End.
The proposal would require an act of the legislature; state Reps. Aaron Michlewitz of the North End and Marty Walz of the Back Bay have signed on.
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NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on their latest efforts to gain more space for the school.
Mitt Romney's giant Shredder Truck illegally parked outside his office on Commercial Street. This giant shredder truck often parked in tow zone in front of Romney National HQ, yet never towed or ticketed. Maybe he's shredding the parking tickets too?
H/t to the one person who scans Citizens Connect even more obsessively than I do!
Mike the Mad Biologist riffs on Bostonography's population density maps and ponders how much of Beacon Hill, the Back Bay and the North End approach Manhattan levels of density without anything approaching Manhattan-style building heights:
Boston has two things going for it that most other cities don't have: narrow streets and sidewalks. Not a lot of space is wasted in residential areas. Sidewalks at most are about nine to ten feet wide, and skinnier in other places (e.g., Beacon Hill). The streets typically are very narrow–about ten Mad Biologist paces (my pace length is about average)–if you factor in parked cars, add about four paces. Not only does this making walking around easier, but the real estate is used to house people, not air or cars. That allows much higher densities (although it makes drivers crazy at times) without skyscrapers.
Ed question: Would that also apply in Somerville, still one of the most densely packed cities in America?
This is the second time Boston Police have fired Williams. The first time was after the beating of Michael Cox, an undercover cop whom other cops beat, allegedly because they thought he was a homicide suspect, in 1995. Williams won his job back on appeal; his lawyer says he plans to appeal the latest firing as well.
Somebody pleads with the city to clean up the sticky stinky berries on Morton Street in the North End before the next snow.
Ed. note: Oh, who am I kidding? I just like saying "sticky stinky berries" over and over again. Yes, my middle name is Zippy.
Nick Varano gets on famously with North End Neighborhood Council in bid for license to serve beer, wine, cordialsBy adamg - 1/11/12 - 11:36 am
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the restaurant owner has the backing of the neighborhood group in his effort to get a partial alcohol license at his Famous Deli on Cross Street. Whether the Boston Licensing Board has any left to hand out, however, is another matter.
The site also reports a Salem Street barber shop won the council's approvals for its plans to amend its services to shave and a haircut, tattoos.
NorthEndWaterfront.com posts reviews of the North End pizza place by third graders at the Eliot School.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports a man coming out of a Hanover cigar bar was forced into a doorway by two men, one of whom put a knife to his neck and demanded his money, around 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
Karen Cord Taylor interviews the BRA official in charge of getting a supermarket for the Bulfinch Triangle.
A North End resident files a complaint:
Stacks of yellow book phone directories are lying everywhere, dozens and dozens of yellow books left on doorsteps and sidewalks, how is this not littering?
Sean Sullivan spotted this scooter just sitting there in a North End alley.
Copyright Sean Sullivan. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Boston Police report one man had a wee comment about a restaurant tab early this morning:
Officers spoke to an irritated employee from the Cafe Pompeii restaurant who stated that the individual and his friends had dined at his restaurant. According to the employee, the suspect and his friends made a stink about the bill before finally paying and then exiting the restaurant. However, the employee goes on to say that when the suspect exited the restaurant, he spit on the restaurant's pane glass window and then proceeded to urinate on the plants.
Chris McNamara, 33, was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure after patrolling officers observed his streaming commentary shortly before 2 a.m., police say.
UPDATE: Danley actually faces 21 violations of the city Segway restrictions - and a hearing that could mean 70 to 90 more, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan continued his arraignment until Feb. 24 - the day after a hearing on a motion by Danley's attorney to dismiss all the charges.
Allen Danley, owner of the Boston Gliders Segway tour company, is scheduled for arraignment today on six charges of violating the city ordinance against Segway operations in city parks and on city sidewalks, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A Boston Municipal Court clerk magistrate found six violations of the limitations on "electric personal assistive mobility devices," such as Segways, the DA's office says. Danley faces fines of up to $500 per offense.
The city council voted in June to restrict Segways to in-road routes designated by police and the city Transportation Department. Enforcement, in the form of tickets handed out to tour leaders, began in August and continued through the fall.
An alert citizen holds his or her nose with one hand and types with the other near the old turnpike-authority building in the North End:
2 days going now, walkway across greenway smells like something died in there .. Real bad stench
The city replies:
It has been confirmed that there is nothing decaying in the area. The odor is from the organic holly-tone fertilizer recently spread and will dissipate in the next few days.
A concerned citizen says enough's enough and uploads this photo from tiny Wiget Street in the North End.
NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a Bingo card to carry around while talking to North Enders. Hmm, I bet you could do similar cards for every other neighborhood, too.
Boston Police are searching the North End for a man with a gun in connection with an apparent larceny attempt at the McDonald's on North Street around 10:15 a.m.
He's described as a white male, in his 40s, about 6'2", 220 lbs., with a big nose, white hair and white stubble. He was wearing a dark-gray hoodie, a brown jacket and a Sox hat. Witnesses spotted him running away down Hanover Street into the North End - after he dropped and then picked up a gun. Police have recovered change from the alley behind the McDonald's.
Recommendations for a relatively inexpensive place in the North End to get lunch and a beer?