MassDOT reports it's turning on a network of eight signs on roads leading to the Chelsea Street Bridge that will alert motorists when the bridge is unpassable because a boat is passing underneath or it's otherwise stuck and unable to carry traffic. Read more.
Matthew Robare doesn't much like the initial concept of Suffolk Downs being replaced by an Assembly Square clone, because that would mean another car-centric "cargo cult urbanism" type mall with giant garages and pedestrian-forbidding streets that would just suburbanize parts of two cities:
The North End is how Suffolk Downs should be redeveloped. No parking, high lot coverage, narrow streets. Actually urban instead of the "Ye olde towne centre" fakery of Assembly Square.
The Revere Journal reports NECCO has sold its Revere facility to a couple of out-of-town companies. That's good news for the city, to which NECCO hasn't been paying taxes of late, but raises questions about what happens to the Skybar maker, which moved to Revere in 2003 from Cambridge.
But it helps. This weathercod sits atop the State Police (formerly MDC Police) barracks at Revere Beach.
Confession: After spending three hours in the un-air-conditioned concrete box that is the Board of Appeals hearing room in City Hall, the UHub Mobile Action News Unit had to escape - all the way to Revere Beach for some Kelly's by the sea.
Quite a few people had a similar idea, although most were better dressed for the circumstances, like in bathing suits. The more adventurous ran straight into the frigid waters - where none stayed for very long.
The unfinished northern half of the cloverleaf in Canton where 95 was supposed to head into Boston from the south is perhaps better known, but there's also the undone right-of-way where the highway was supposed to come out of Boston and smash through some marshes in Revere at Copeland Circle - which our own Cybah walked today.
The State House News Service reports on the approval by the state Gaming Commission. The move clears the way for the massive redevelopment of the site on the Revere/East Boston line, although racing should continue for another year.
UPDATE: Add a charge of receiving stolen property over $250: Police say the U-Haul was stolen.
A Cambridge man with a record as a terrible driver faces numerous charges after he allegedly led police on a two-town trail of destruction overnight, Saugus Police report. Read more.
With the Wynn casino in Everett now under construction, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a judge should consider whether the state Gaming Commission violated a law requiring public deliberations during its considerations on whether to award a license to Wynn or a competing proposal at Suffolk Downs. Read more.
Mark Novak went for a walk along Revere Beach today.
Marcos Garcia, 32, of Saugus, is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a child causing injury, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
The Revere Journal reports problems at a Saugus power plant caused noises so loud they could be heard in Revere. Specifically, a "silencer" that normally muffles the anguished screams of steam being vented from the plant's two boilers.
Rick Macomber posts some video showing a car whose driver went around some a down and flashing crossing gate in Revere last night, only to have the back half of her car immediately taken off by the commuter-rail train that was the reason for the gate to lower. The driver and a passenger got out OK, but for some reason they decided not to wait around for police.
The Globe reports the real backers of Question 1, which would carefully define a trailer home in Revere as a possible site for a slots parlor, screwed up and filed their financial forms too early, so now we know that, rather than just one guy living somewhere way outside the continental US, the real backers of the ballot question are a bunch of casino developers.
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