South End

By - 11/13/09 - 8:46 am

Jay Fitzgerald reminds us that just because a Trader Joe's is moving into that old power plant/trolley barn off Harrison Avenue doesn't mean you can now call that area SoWa.

By - 11/12/09 - 10:09 pm
Where's the lane?

Matthew Anderson snapped this shot of how quickly the brand-new Columbus Avenue bike lanes (installed just this past August) can disappear, thanks to some BWSC work.

By - 11/6/09 - 12:01 pm

John Keith reports the Upton Street agreement means the Inn will only turn two of the three buildings it owns there into housing for previously homeless people and sell of the third building at market rates.

Some residents objected to the plan as too large, even though it would have meant fewer residents in the buildings than under the previous non-profit that owned the buildings.

By - 11/4/09 - 7:43 pm

The South End News reports on a couple and their three children, routed from their 36 Claremont Park basement apartment by five feet of water from a burst BWSC pipe "thrashing almost everything in its path" and leaving them homeless - and, they say, with no help from the city.

By - 11/3/09 - 7:50 am

Boston Police tweet a "gypsy cab driver" was pistol whipped and his Lincoln stolen at the intersection of Columbus and Mass. avenues last night. Massachusetts plates: Livery 50862.

By - 11/2/09 - 9:04 am

WBUR declares Chuck Turner kind of a cult leader, says that helps explain why the Innocent Until Proven Guilty Councilor will win tomorrow.

By - 10/29/09 - 9:04 am

Two men charged with first taunting and then attacking a man they thought was gay will go on trial on assault and battery and civil-rights charges on Dec. 10, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Darren Morgan, 46, and Howard Rice, 50, were initially charged with assault and battery after the June 15 incident, but an investigation resulted in the civil-rights charge. According to prosecutors, the two, standing near Myers and Chang, 1145 Washington St., hurled homophobic insults at two men who walked by them, and then escalated their attack:

Even as the men tried to avoid the defendants, Rice allegedly placed one victim in a headlock. When he broke free and the victims entered a nearby restaurant, both assailants followed them in and continued to assault them before Boston Police responded and took them into custody.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/25/09 - 11:20 pm

Life imitated TV this afternoon when a man was stabbed inside the Boston Medical Center emergency room, leaving him in critical condition, Channel 5 reports.

By - 10/25/09 - 9:43 am

As first reported here, councilors Murphy and Linehan want to look at building a movie production facility in Boston. The Herald reports developer Tim Pappas may already be on the case and scouting land off Summer Street past the South Boston convention center.

Jay Fitzgerald suggests the 500 block of Harrison Avenue:

... There's an abandoned brick warehouse/garage around there that has an old stately look to it – and I've always wondered why it hasn't been converted into a theater or condos or something. ...

I'd propose a third possibility: The old Stop & Shop warehouse off Neponset Valley Parkway in Readville. It's a huge, now mostly dormant facility, with plenty of room for expansion. It's not that far from 128 and it has its own rail spur for Tom or Ben's private train.

By - 10/21/09 - 9:23 am

Domenic Hall, 25, will be arraigned today on charges he shot at a street worker on Hammond Street on the evening of Aug. 21.

By - 10/20/09 - 2:32 pm

Boston Fire reports a two-alarm fire that broke out around 1:30 p.m. at the Parmlee Court Homes complex, 123 Northampton St. forced five people out of their apartments, but didn't injure anybody. The fire, knocked down in about 10 minutes, did $100,000 damage, the department says.

By - 10/20/09 - 12:13 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk rounds up the news on the imminent departure of the Bombay Club to Washington Street (where Pho Republique is now) in the South End.

By - 10/9/09 - 1:07 pm

The South End News reports a man, 21, was stabbed at Monsignor Reynolds Way shortly before midnight on Oct. 3 by " an unknown woman in her 40s with no teeth, carrying several bags," who knocked on his door and asked to use his bathroom.

By - 9/30/09 - 12:55 pm

Amazingly, the Food Monkey finds several local places that serve the Quebec, um, delicacy that, as he acknowledges, is best eaten late at night.

By - 9/27/09 - 9:33 am

Mike Ball was quite enjoying himself at the Beantown Jazz Festival yesterday when all of a sudden Tom Menino showed up and was introduced effusively by Berklee's president as the next mayor. Also:

... Our longest-serving mayor wore an apricot-colored pullover. The effect was somewhere between someone with a failed paint-on tan and a Shmoo ...

By - 9/24/09 - 9:51 am

It's a faceoff! CT3 bus driver vs. SUV driver at W. Concord Street and Harrison Avenue in the South End.

Jason Laramie, who took the photo around 9:47 this morning, reports the two have been facing off like that for 10 minutes, blocking traffic (including him) all the way back to Mass. Ave.

By - 9/17/09 - 8:53 am

Around 7 a.m. at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Mass. Ave., Boston Police tweet. No word on his condition.

By - 9/16/09 - 8:05 am

With its wide avenues and actual, dedicated bike lanes. Mike Ball returns from a trip there and is amazed at what you can do with real streets - but also what a little enforcement might do on our non-cow paths:

... I think of the new, narrow bike lanes painted for a short distance on Columbus Avenue here. Eleven days ago, I took it both ways. In that short distance, I counted 22 motor vehicles blocking the lane, 9 one way and 13 back. Of course, there was no enforcement. Bikes had to take the single lane in either direction from cars and trucks to move instead. ...

By - 9/4/09 - 9:26 am

The Daily Free Press reports on the change of heart by at-large City Council candidate Ego Ezedi, who once told opponents the lab would be built whether they liked it or not, but who now says he opposes it because of safety concerns.

Third Decade, who always opposed the project, is annoyed:

... It's changes of position (and tepid acknowledgment of those changes) like this that make me skeptical of politics and politicians in general. OK, so now you're opposed to the biolab...kind of. What's next? What do you propose as a solution for the community which you would like to elect you to office? If elected, how do we know that you won't change position again? ...

By - 9/3/09 - 3:51 pm

Or would that be ex-girlfriend at this point? Boston Police report the arrest of Jianfeng Chen, 47, on charges he escalated an argument with his girlfriend on Shawmut Avenue shortly before noon on Wednesday by beating her and then stealing her money, cell phone and keys.

Police say they caught up with Chen later in the day in Watertown and charged him with assault and battery and unarmed robbery.

Innocent, etc.