It makes it more difficult for the firefighters to hook up a hose to put out your car's engine fire:
The Universal Hub Eye in the Sky captured the scene around 9:25 this morning involving a Boston Transportation Department supervisor doing prep work for the Kennedy motorcade at Huntington and St. Alphonsus and firefighters trying to extinguish the fire in his car.
A Green Line commuter forwards this note to the Green Line superintendent and the Executive Office of Transportation:
This morning(8/24) at 7:50 A.M I boarded E Line,Green Line Car 3885B headed inbound at Longwood. The operator did not respond when I said good morning but this is nothing new to be ignored by MBTA workers. Then when the trolley went underground the operator proceeded to tail-gate the trolley in front of it at the Copley, Arlington and Boylston stations. At one point he left only 15 feet or so between the cars. At one of these three station before I got off at park Street he yelled out an expletive about a passenger he though was taking to long to enter the train. He said, "come through the F' ing doors." I am out of work. I would gladly take his place and treat MBTA passengers with respect and not endanger their lives.
The lights at the busy intersection are out, leading to a mess you might want to route around if you can.
Why crews were chopping down the trees along Huntington Avenue - you might want to have an aspirin handy because the story will make your head hurt.
Get stuck at Huntington Avenue and Gainsborough Street around 2:30 today? Emergency crews blocked off traffic to let a hazmat crew sop up a large antifreeze spill after an accident.
Channel 4 reports a man driving down Huntington Avenue early Wednesday was nearly done in by a frozen loaf of bread heaved into his windshield from a Wentworth dorm named Baker Hall. This is the second such incident involving the dorm in two weeks, the station says:
"I think they should put screens on the windows to prevent it," one student said.
A tour of Baker Hall:
Channel 5 reports.
BPL Main Branch steps filled with Obama supporters yelling "USA! USA! USA" and "Yes we can!"
Heather: "It's almost like a World Series celebration." Well, yeah, except without the rioting and people dying.
A generator being tested, at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square around 10:30 this morning.
And is not impressed:
... [Y]ou get on the #39, which stops every 10 yards and each time picks up between 6 and 8 students from Wentworth, MassArt or Northeastern, all of whom are carrying backpacks the size of Amy Winehouse's beehive. You are at least 18 stops from your final destination, and already it's like being stuck in an old toolshed with 9 dozen wet dogs, half of whom have wracking, croupy, Dickensian coughs. ...
And that's before the driver decides to take a break to make a call on her cell phone.
Maybe it's just as well the MBTA and its predecessors have spent the last 60 years or so taking out trolley lines; imagine if there were more streets like Huntington Avenue by Mission Hill where Massholes got to scream and curse out trolley drivers for daring to stop to let passengers off?
... This guy is literally leaning out the window, screaming at the driver of the first [trolley] car. I of course had my window cracked to hear every sweet word of invective this moron was letting loose.
And then had a good chuckle because just ahead of the first car, just past the intersection, was a cop car. And as we all started moving again, guess who was getting pulled over? ...
Boston Police report on trouble on Newbury Street:
At about 12:15am, on Monday, October 29, 2007, officers assigned to the Fenway area for the Red Sox World Series game, received a radio call for a large group vandalizing cars along Newbury Street. On arrival, officers observed and counted 16 cars that had been vandalized. Most of the damage consisted of broken or ripped off side view mirrors, broken windows and damaged windshield wipers.
Some Assembly Required noticed today that crews along Huntington Avenue near the Mass. College of Art were replacing seemingly healthy trees with new seemingly health trees, and he wonders why.
Maybe Steven "I came home the other day to find out all my furniture had been stolen and replaced with an exact replica" Wright is now in charge of tree plantings in Boston?
Chad Parenteau says it's a toss up:
... It might just be me, but it seems that in light of the construction that has crippled the E Train's already limited abilities, the MBTA has ordered that all the no. 39 buses be rendered as ineffective as the E train for the next few months. ...