NorthEndWaterfront.com reports the North End/Waterfront Residents Association has voted to oppose the BRA's effort to give itself 10 more years of "urban renewal" powers in the neighborhood - which include eminent domain and special taxing programs - even if the BRA says "urban renewal" for the 21st century really means adding "vibrancy" to areas such as the North End.
Natalia gives us a look inside the Old North Church bell tower.
A concerned citizen reports:
I wanted to make you aware that someone has been driving around the north end on trash pickup nights with a truck/van - and ripping up garbage bags and rummaging through the trash to see if there are any salvageable items. This has happened on numerous nights the past few weeks and the amount of trash and debris littered all over the sidewalks and streets is horrific. I also feel for the garbage collectors who have to try and dump these bags that are all torn up with garbage everywhere. I have tried putting my trash out as late as possible (almost midnight) and still woke up this morning to find my bags all torn up and my trash all over the street. I am seeing this on streets all over the North End, including Salem Street, Endicott Street, etc.
Boston Police have released photos of a man they think is using a "skimmer" to harvest ATM information in the North End, which he then uses to make cash withdrawals from his victim's accounts.
Police say he made off with $10,000 in withdrawals from one account last month.
Historic New England has release the final documentary in Justin Goodstein's series about the long-running market as part of its Haymarket Project.
Before he died last year, Thomas Lang, former director of photographic services at the MFA, posted several hundred photos of North End religious processions in the mid1970s.
Charlene McBride asks:
Any decent kid-friendly restaurants near Back Bay, Downtown or the North End?
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Louis Costa deserves the chance to convince a judge he should have a chance at parole for the 1986 execution-style murder of two men in a North End park because he was only 16 at the time. Read more.
Matt Conti at NorthEndWaterfront.com forwarded this photo of the defacement of the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Park some time last night.
By noon today, the paint and message were completely gone after a thorough power washing by a city crew.
Over the years, the statue has been marked up by people with a point to make - once, the statue was even decapitated.
Spotted this small seabird today on the harbor side of the North Washington Street bridge. Anybody know what kind of bird it is?
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to grant permission for a new pizza place on Hanover Street that would replace the flower store that replaced an old pizza place. Read more.