Massachusetts Avenue

By - 5/13/16 - 7:42 am

A WBUR reporter takes us on a tour of Mass. Ave. in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard.

As Pardini walks down the street, he explains the debris along the pavement.

"There's a cap from a needle. That's an empty heroin bag right there," Pardini says, while warning me to avoid the discarded needles at our feet.

Vice, meanwhile, takes us inside the Spot, a new location where Methadone Mile addicts can go and be monitored while they're under the influence.

By - 5/7/16 - 8:37 pm
Oliver Smoot in parade on the Massachusetts Avenue bridge

Oliver Smoot, the man who became a unit of measurement, was back in town today to serve as grand marshal of the 100th anniversary of MIT's moving day - the celebration of the school's moving from the Back Bay to Cambridge.

RoadTrip New England snapped him as he rode past the markers bearing his name on the bridge.

Curt Nickish caught him being measured to make sure he still had an ear (the bridge being, of course, 364.4 smoots long, plus or minus an ear): Read more.

By - 4/20/16 - 11:31 am
Old CluckIt in the South End

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let chef Douglass Williams buy the beer and wine license from the defunct CluckIt so he can open a neighborhood place serving "Italian influenced, American executed" food. Read more.

By - 4/14/16 - 10:02 pm

The driver of this 18-wheeler managed to get his trailer stuck nice and tight on the barriers at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Huntington tonight, as CraigglesOfDoom shows us (Here's another view).

By - 4/2/16 - 10:43 pm

Around 10:30 p.m. outside the McDonald's at 870 Massachusetts Ave.

By - 3/27/16 - 8:49 pm

Paula Tennyson captured the flames at Comm. Ave. and Mass. Ave. around 8:30 p.m.

Tennyson also captured what was left of the car: Read more.

By - 3/25/16 - 6:59 pm

Two men got into a fight at the 616 Mass. Ave. Dunkin' Donuts yesterday afternoon that ended when one smashed the other in the face with a chair, Cambridge Police report:

A suspect and victim - both believed to be homeless - were engaged in a fight inside the coffee shop; the victim was struck by a chair and sustained a cut to his face and transported to a hospital for treatment.

There was so much blood from the gash that officers at first thought they were responding to a stabbing, police say.

By - 3/16/16 - 5:09 pm

M.L. reports seeing a weird, teensy-tiny little purple car on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge today, headed towards MIT (of course). Corinne replies with the above photo. Anybody know more about it?

By - 3/8/16 - 5:04 pm
Searching the Charles River

Tim watched some of the first responders searching the Charles around 4:30 p.m. Nick Gillham reported they were looking for somebody who might have jumped. Traffic was backed up in both directions.

By - 2/27/16 - 8:35 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man for a road-rage incident in the South End this afternoon. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 2:33 pm

Boston Police report arresting an Orlando man they say reacted to being told he couldn't leave the Taj Hotel with a drink by smashing his glass in the lobby, then going outside and firing a round from the gun he was, of course, packing. Read more.

By - 1/20/16 - 7:32 am

The T is advising "moderate" delays into town on the Red Line from Braintree due to a train that just could not make it past Quincy Center, and "minor" delays into town on the Orange Line from Forest Hills, due to a train that ascended to the pearly gates at Mass. Ave.

By - 1/5/16 - 6:26 pm
Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue

Firefighters have evacuated the 41-unit 585 Columbus Ave. due to a gas leak that forced the shutoff of the building's heating system on one of the coldest nights of the season.

City officials are now on scene trying to coordinate getting residents into someplace warm for tonight.

By - 12/23/15 - 6:25 pm

Around 6:15 p.m. Police found him limping about a half block down Mass. Ave., limping towards Boston Medical Center.

By - 12/16/15 - 11:21 pm
Imperial stomtroopers at Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street

Pat from Boston spotted these horn-playing stormtroopers on Mass. Ave. at Tremont around 9:20 p.m.

By - 11/24/15 - 6:23 pm
Police a safe distance from flaming car in Cambridge

Fire extinguisher at the ready, police officers watch flaming car. Photo by Kat.

Around 5:40 p.m., afertig reported a car engulfed in flames on Mass. Ave. Erica Hersh reports one person helped into an ambulance and traffic at a standstill.

By - 11/3/15 - 7:40 am

WBUR reports on the plans by Boston Health Care for the Homeless for "a room with a nurse, some soft chairs and basic life-saving equipment" at Mass. Ave. and Albany Street, which has become an epicenter of the city's opiate crisis:

Gaeta says she and her colleagues are desperate to offer an option for the people they see overdose every day, whom they must sometimes step over to get into the program’s clinic.

By - 10/15/15 - 11:30 am

Quality Mart on Mass. Ave. at Beacon Street reports it was held up this morning by this guy - and is asking anybody who sees him to contact Boston Police.

By - 10/14/15 - 10:16 pm
Noxious truck in Newmarket Square

A gagging citizen complains about this truck doing a little coal rolling on Mass. Ave. in Newmarket Square today:

Large truck traveling on mass ave near Proctor st spewing thick clouds of black smoke followed by white smoke.

By - 9/18/15 - 8:33 am

The BRA board last night approved a refinancing plan for the Crosstown Center Hampton Inn on Mass. Ave. in which holders of the project's debt will simply write off a good chunk of the money it owes them. Read more.