South End

By - 4/10/08 - 8:02 am

When last we discussed Upton Street, it was to point to a South End News story about neighbors bemoaning the ruination of their tiny street by a Pine Street Inn proposal to convert three houses that had been used as transitional homes for people with problems into permanent housing for them.

Now the News reports:

By - 3/27/08 - 11:54 am

The South End News explains all the financial folderol about the $800-million Columbus Center project you may have seen over the weekend: The project could be pining for the fjords:

"While we still kind of have hopes for the project," [Turnpike Authority spokesman Mac Daniel] said, "it looks like it's being put on hold."

Like, for at least 18 months. The turnpike authority is involved because the luxo-condo project would sit on a deck atop the Mass. Pike.

By - 3/22/08 - 12:37 pm

Unfortunately, as Boston Condo Guy notes, it's a parking space. But it is "next to a pole for added security against wayward doors."

By - 3/20/08 - 11:50 am

This is possibly the longest NIMBY story you will ever attempt to read. I'm exhausted.

By - 3/18/08 - 9:37 am

The Undercover Blonde works in a South End restaurant. The Globe's South End mommy-brigade story has her a bit riled up, especially the quote from the mother saying how nice it is that servers don't mind their children leaving Cheerios under the table:

... We DO MIND, no matter how polite we may be, no matter how plastered on our happy faces are. It's annoying. It's messy. It's presumptuous. We just can't SAY anything about it because we're in the service industry and, well, that would be rude. ... PLEASE show some humility when your child decimates a dining room. ...

Earlier:
South End under attack by rich white people having babies.

By - 3/15/08 - 11:28 am

The Globe today really puts the news in context. A front page story declaring the worst recession since World War II sits right atop crack investigative reporter Sarah Schweitzer's expose on rich white parents in the South End: South End getting (a lot) younger.

Yes, shocking: Rich white people are taking time out from accumulating wealth to pop out babies!

By - 3/14/08 - 10:51 pm

The South End News reports on a March 9 incident outside Sister Sorel, 647 Tremont St.: Two people leaving the restaurant around 12:30 a.m. were forced back inside when surrounded by six men, one with a knife and one holding a brick. The guy with the brick then threw it at the restaurant window. Police arrested two teens, 15 and 16.

By - 2/15/08 - 9:56 pm

OK, you can't rely on the daily papers or BPDNews to tell you about all crime in the city.

The South End News reports on a pair of holdup attempts (one successful) on West Newton Street after midnight over the past week. In the first incident, Feb. 6, a 6-foot black guy knocked a woman to the ground to try to get her purse; he fled when she started screaming. In the second incident, Feb. 10, a slim black man wearing a dark hoodie and jeans used a handgun to hold up a couple walking on West Newton near Columbus Avenue.

By - 2/15/08 - 9:32 am

Courtney Scott-Howard gives Gaslight, a French brasserie at 560 Harrison Ave., good marks for food (and the free parking), but marks it down for the service:

... If your waitress looks like the girl you wished your brother married, ask for a new table.

By - 2/11/08 - 7:56 pm

The church recently bought the old Alexandra Hotel at Washington Street and Mass. Ave. to use as its Boston headquarters. John Keith posts a note from a South End activist who was not happy to read about Sunday's anti-Scientology protest outside the church's current Back Bay digs:

... I hope this is not a common occurrence. We certainly don't need more noise pollution in our neighborhood. I am trying to understand why they are protesting and why they are wearing masks. I'm hoping the Church will explain this at upcoming neighborhood meetings. 150 protesters would be a fairly large number for our neighborhood. That would jam up that intersection quickly. ...

In general, however, the note expresses the hope the new headquarters will help bring new retail and even cut down on gang warfare in the area.

By - 2/10/08 - 1:11 pm

Jacqueline, the Leather District Gourmet, raves about South End Formaggio because it stocks both suddenly oh-so-hip guanciale and jamon iberico:

... My first taste was blind. It hit my tongue and I thought that's like the sweetest, softest, nuttiest prosciutto I've ever tasted. It almost melted away. I wanted more. ...

Also a bit on the pricey side: $25 for four ounces.

By - 1/9/08 - 1:17 pm

Jenny Frazier posts some cool photos, taken yesterday:

... I actually turned the corner onto Tremont Street in the South End, gasped at what I saw, immediately pulled over and dumped out the entire contents of my bag looking for my camera so I could shoot it. ...

By - 12/6/07 - 6:05 pm

Apparently, pushing babies in strollers is tres passe in both NoWa and SoWa. JD reports spotting somebody pushing a doggy stroller - yes, a stroller designed for a dog:

By - 12/6/07 - 8:56 am

Over in Allston/Brighton, Harvard, BU and now BC are busy carving up the neighborhood. Meanwhile, over in Roxbury, Northeastern and residents are towning and gowning like nobody's business: Chris Lovett reports on a hearing on how the Boston Redevelopment Authority let Northeastern take over a subsidized-housing project on the South End/Roxbury line.

By - 12/1/07 - 11:00 am

The Southender goes into great detail exactly why he can't stand the suburbanites moving into the South End with their precious little yap dogs and their heirloom tomatoes.

John Keith disagrees, saying the South End is more diverse than ever, and that that's good, although, if you ask me, his argument loses something at the end when he concludes the Southender is just "an aging bitter queen." "a bitter man."

By - 11/30/07 - 12:32 pm

Although David at Blue Mass. Group writes this one's not over yet, folks. Something about federal backers of the plan ignoring pesky scenarios like incredibly painful, mosquito-borned viruses escaping.

By - 11/29/07 - 10:12 am

Apparently, Delta produces employee videos to highlight the cities it flies to. Here, two local Delta workers walk around the South End:

By - 11/13/07 - 3:12 pm

Boston Police report on two incidents in the South End:

Around 8:30 p.m. yesterday, a man walking near Tremont and Kendall streets was attacked by two black men in hoodies:

The victim also stated the two suspects ripped his chain from his neck and stabbed him several times in the neck and back area. The victim was able to retrieve his chain and hailed a cab to the hospital.

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