US District Court Judge Richard Stearns rejected the city's argument that public-safety concerns - in particular the threat of terrorist attack and hours of milling about by drunken louts in Andrew Square - coupled with the ability of parade goers to fill in empty spaces along Broadway - outweighed the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council's First Amendment rights to march as long as they want.
Eileen Murphy and Kenny Jervis report getting calls from pollsters yesterday asking their feelings on the city shortening the route of this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and if they'd vote for Marty Walsh next year.
Jervis says he actually got two calls - one that started out with the parade question, one that asked him about Boston schools (bonus for him, since he's co-chair of the Citywide Parents Council).
Loyal Supply Co. reports rescuing this bird from a "cold, dark loading dock" at the South Boston convention center this morning. They got him a cage and some food, but wonder where he came from.
H/t Drew Starr.
The owner of Perkins Supply on West Broadway, where it turns into East Broadway, has filed plans to tear down the building and the neighboring Dunkin' Donuts and replace them with a five-story condo building with an underground garage and first-floor retail space. Read more.
Capt. John Greland at C-6 reports:
3/6 12:07pm 421 Old Colony Av 11 year old girl dropped branch from foot bridge that cracked windshield of MV. When POs were putting her in cruiser to bring to C6 to await her mother she began crying and said "How do I know you're not going to taze me or kill me?"
The Economist writes about the revival of the Rust Belt, which is kind of interesting, but they include Boston in their definition of "Rust Belt," say we have lots of cheap industrial properties and that:
The hunt for Lebensraum is driving young entrepreneurs to explore the neglected peripheries of big cities, such as Bostonâ€™s South Side (â€śSouthieâ€ť) ...
H/t Erikk Hokenson.
Long-time South Boston residents are fighting a city edict to shorten this year's St. Patrick's Day parade - and vowing they will remember the mayor's role come next election.
In 1978, though, the roles were reversed: Parade organizers wanted to shorten the route but City Hall wouldn't let them. Read more.
City Hall apparently thinks last year's snow-shortened route for the St. Patrick's parade in South Boston worked so well it's ordering up another shortened parade this year as well, parade organizers say - a decision that is not sitting at all well with many people in the neighborhood.
Under orders from the mayor's office last week, the parade, which will still start at Broadway station, will end at Farragut Road, rather than swinging south and heading towards Andrew Square. Read more.
Be on the lookout: Steve reports that after his place at W. 5 and E streets was broken into, "one of our kittens got out."
The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force reports the East Boston Savings Bank branch at 430 W. Broadway was held up around 9:25 a.m. yesterday by a white man clad in black, about 6' and 190 to 200 lbs.
If he looks familiar, contact the task force at 617-742-5533.
Die-hard Sullivan's fans were out in force this morning for the re-opening of the Castle Island institution. Eileen Murphy captured Matt Noonan and Charlotte Donovan of Quincy enjoying their first outdoor hot meal this year at Castle island.
For the fifth straight year, John Connors was first in line.