Government Center

By - 4/11/14 - 11:51 am

Rachel Paiste asks:

Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$

By - 4/7/14 - 10:46 am
Inside the Government Center station

The T forwards this photo of the spot on the Government Center Green Line platform where the Dunkin' Donuts used to be as workers continue to tear apart the station as part of a two-year overhaul.

Also, the T reports workers uncovered another 100-year-old tile Scollay Under sign on one of the Blue Line platforms:

The goal is to keep it in place, and

... Read more
By - 4/3/14 - 3:09 pm
Keytar Bear in a Bruins jacket

Dave Rogers spotted Keytar Bear at Government Center today.

By - 3/28/14 - 4:46 pm
Government Center under reconstruction

Oh, they've been working on the railroad. Photo by MBTA. See it larger.

As noted earlier, some people left notes on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it was shut for two years of reconstruction.

Via the MBTA comes this ode, found penned on one of the walls:

Dear Government Center,

Thank you!
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to

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By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:12 am
Government Center graffiti

ElmerCat catalogued the fond graffiti people left on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it shut for a two-year re-do.

Copyright ElmerCat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/21/14 - 1:49 pm
Scollary Square sign at Government Center

Photo by MBTA.

Workers today carefully removed the "Scollay Under" tiled sign from a Blue Line wall at the Government Center station today. The T reports it'll be put in storage and then replastered to a wall in the renovated station when it opens in two years.

By - 3/21/14 - 11:07 am
Government Center MBTA station

Paul Nutting provides a last glimpse of the Government Center T stop before it shuts tomorrow for two years of renovation work that will transform the1960s bomb shelter into a sleek glass paean to modern transportation - but one without popcorn.

By - 2/26/14 - 8:10 am
Demo wall at Government Center

But, sadly, the "demo wall" at Government Center is just an instruction to the workers who will begin tearing apart the station on March 22, rather than a place to see demonstrations of various things.

By - 2/26/14 - 7:35 am

The morning commute, like around 6:40, started with an inbound Red Line train kicked the bucket at Savin Hill and a Green Line train meeting its maker at Government Center - an occurrence that the T suggested to riders might be a good time to try out the Orange Line between Back Bay and North station.

As of 7:30 a.m., the T said things... Read more

By - 2/22/14 - 4:55 pm
Saxophone Monkey and Keytar Bear in Boston

Adrienne watched and listened to a rare paring of Keytar Bear and Saxophone Sock Monkey in Government Center this afternoon.

By - 2/12/14 - 12:18 pm
Government Center station to shut

Artist's rendition by the MBTA

The T announced today Government Center will shut for its two-year makeover on March 22.

The T's posted some background info, including the answer to the question: "How will this affect my commute?"

By - 1/23/14 - 10:11 pm

Between Haymarket and Government Center around 10 p.m. The Orange Line is being suggested as an alternative in either direction.

UPDATE, Friday a.m.: Appears to have been fixed.

By - 1/10/14 - 12:57 pm

Transit Police report they are searching for a guy in a red jacket who indecently assaulted a woman on a Green Line trolley around 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday between Government Center and Park Street.

He's described as white, apparently in his 40s, wearing a red knit winter hat, red jacket, blue jeans and dark gloves.... Read more

By - 12/28/13 - 12:08 pm

Joe Gravellese reports Planet Fitness has sold its Government Center outlet to some company called Rock'n Fitness.

Still open, same membership price, same hours, etc. ... They've already scraped off most of the logos etc. It looks weird in there.

And one of those things they scraped off was the large "No Judgement Zone" banner, which was forever getting judged, hard, by aficionados of... Read more

By - 11/2/13 - 5:20 pm
On the Longfellow

On the Longfellow Bridge.

What a great day for a parade.

From Fenway Park to the banks of the Charles, Bostonians lined up early for a chance to see the 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox - and doesn't that sound good to hear?

When the procession of Duck Boats got to the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square, it stopped. Jonny Gomes put the World Series trophy... Read more

By - 8/27/13 - 1:08 pm

Zoup haz clozed.

By - 8/23/13 - 2:41 pm

Not yet City Hall

The Boston City Archives have posted a collection of photos related to the creation of Government Center in the mid-1960s, including some of the demolition of buildings in old Scollay Square. As you can see above, the JFK building went... Read more

By - 7/30/13 - 7:31 pm

Until this spring, so as not to coincide with repair work on the Callahan Tunnel is done, the Globe reports.

By - 7/12/13 - 9:43 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the increasingly student filled North End and Beacon Hill, says the BRA needs to consider requiring dorms in the proposed garage re-do.

Perhaps Rep. Michlewitz is too young to remember when Beacon Hill residents managed to squash Suffolk's plans to turn the old MDC building across from the State House into a dormitory.... Read more

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