Some residents, at any rate. Caught in Southie presents the new asphalt islands in the sidewalk in front of the post office. To a casual outsider, they might look ideal for plantings and trees, but some residents objected because plantings and trees bring dogs. And dogs bring, well, you know.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday handed a warning to the Tasty Burger on L Street for the beer-holding people Boston Police detectives said they found loitering outside its pick-up window during the St. Patrick's Day parade this year. Read more.
A developer whose office is in the heart of FiDi has filed plans with the BRA for a four-story, 36-unit residential building at 55 W. 5 St. at the corner of B Street that he will market under the name SOBO Place. Read more.
A concerned citizen uses Bos:311 to file a complaint about another concerned citizen using Bos:311 to file a complaint - while behind the wheel of his car on Dorchester Avenue in Andrew Square.
There does not appear to be a complaint about the person standing in the middle of Dorchester Avenue taking a photo to file a complaint about the person taking a photo to file a complaint.
Transit Police report a man in his mid-50s was hit by an outbound train at Broadway around 2:35 p.m.
He suffered serious injuries but is expected to live, police say. Police declined to say how he wound up on the tracks.
Red Line service was replaced by buses until the completion of the investigation.
The city of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects have posted entries in a design competition for what to do with the Northern Avenue Bridge, which has been closed to even pedestrians for the past year.
Rear Admiral spotted this car that won't be going anywhere for awhile near the intersection of I and E. 8 streets in South Boston today.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday ordered a two-day shutdown for Empire, 1 Marina Park Dr., because police found three underage students with scorpion bowls during an inspection on Feb. 21 - almost a year after it got a one-day suspension for a similar offense. Read more.
Mayor Walsh and Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar's parent company, Hulman & Co., issued this statement yesterday:
Boston has an open door for new and innovative ideas that will benefit the city's future. While it is disappointing that IndyCar will not race in Boston this year, we look forward to continuing our work together to bring IndyCar to Boston in the future. Boston has always been a great partner for IndyCar and we are confident that with a strong local promoter the race can be a great success.
When the Aloft hotel on D Street opened on Feb. 4, the lobby had one of the pool tables that all Aloft hotels have. And then management had to order it packed up and put it in storage when they learned that Boston requires a license for pool tables in places of public accommodation. Read more.
Mayor Walsh, city councilors Michael Flaherty and Michelle Wu and state Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry this morning backed residents opposed to a Starbucks at L Street and East Broadway, saying there are already enough coffee options in the area, that a Starbucks would exacerbate morning traffic woes at the intersection and would help to eat away at the family-oriented, mom-and-pop nature of the commercial district east of Perkins Square. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports we'll be getting a Mastro's Steakhouse. In a luxury residential building on Fan Pier, natch.
John Gage watched the last bits of Anthony's Pier 4 being torn down today. It's making way for a park to go with a luxury residential tower, of course.
A community meeting tonight on a Starbucks proposed for L Street and Broadway repeatedly veered towards Parks and Rec style chaos as residents battled each other on issues that often had little to directly do with the coffeehouse - such as which local restaurants drove other local restaurants out of business. Read more.
The 7-Eleven at 473 W. Broadway was held up around 9:30 p.m. by a white man, about 5'10" with a scruffy beard and wearing a red mask and a dark jacket with a gray lining.
The Globe reports Bostonians have once again crushed the dreams and hopes of rich people who just wanted to have some fun. Yes, IndyCar Boston is dead.
City Hall blames IndyCar:
The City of Boston will always be open to opportunities that will positively showcase our city, however as we continued to work with Boston Grand Prix they were unwilling or unable to meet the necessary requirements to hold an event of this size. The Mayor feels strongly in protecting the taxpayers and limiting the impact to residents, and we are not shy that we held them to very high standards."
UPDATE: Board found no violation.
Both Boston Police and the owner of Stats Bar and Grille, 77 Dorchester St., are mystified about an incident last month in which a credit card being held for a man running a tab disappeared, was used to charge $1,200 worth of stuff at the South Bay Target, then reappeared at the bar a couple hours later. Read more.