By - 5/6/17 - 6:30 pm

Bo Williams asks:

I keep seeing these… devices in the basements of Boston-area homes. What are they?

By - 5/5/17 - 6:05 pm
Warning message about flash floods

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for Boston and points south through 7:45 p.m. due to radar showing we're about to get blasted with one to two inches of rain in an hour:

As a result, significant urban and poor drainage flooding is expected to rapidly form.

So, you know, stay off Morrissey Boulevard and maybe put off that walk along the Muddy River.

By - 5/4/17 - 3:18 pm
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Trolleys in a circle in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 5/1/17 - 3:32 pm
Donald M. Osgood Sr.

Donald Osgood Sr., a city anti-violence worker and minister from Dorchester is one of four announced candidates for Boston mayor in the fall elections.

On his Facebook page, Osgood lists some of the reasons that people should sign the petitions he will pick up at the Elections Department tomorrow: Read more.

By - 4/30/17 - 7:39 pm

Bridj, which set out to develop a new form of urban mass transit, is no more, according to the notice on its home page from CEO Matt George, titled, "Out of Aces:" Read more.

By - 4/28/17 - 2:56 pm

In an effort to promote ridership, the MBTA is offering 2 weeks free on the Fairmount line.

Details at:

By - 4/28/17 - 2:04 pm


It was just two years ago that the Greater Boston region was in the thick of a high-stakes showdown over whether to proceed with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. In January 2015, Boston was designated the US entry in the global competition for the 2024 Games.

It was all downhill from there.

By - 4/27/17 - 9:32 am

Since it doesn't seem to do much of that. Peter O'Connor writes how the Winthrop Square debate once again proves Boston could really use some comprehensive planning, rather than an endless series of one-off debates over every single project: Read more.

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The Times reports the Justice Department has singled out nine jurisdictions - including the entire state of Connecticut - as the first places to possibly lose federal grants over their refusal to let local law enforcement hand over whatever information ICE wants.

By - 4/21/17 - 12:48 pm
Empty playground in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives acknowledge the last mystery photo may have been a bit too easy, so have come up with this one - can you place it?

By - 4/20/17 - 11:30 am

Some writer in the burg the New York Times once declared the sixth borough whines about what a hellhole his city is, and drags us into it: Read more.

By - 4/20/17 - 8:02 am

Now we must be strong together.
Now we must fight back together.
Now we must save the soul of this nation together.

By - 4/19/17 - 11:09 am
Trolleys in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 4/17/17 - 10:19 am

Mike watched those jets that flew overhead shortly before 10 a.m.

By - 4/16/17 - 5:21 pm

The Guardian explains our growing urban-farming sector.

H/t Brad.

By - 4/15/17 - 10:13 am

The Herald reports how one creative BPS department got to pay a $1,000-a-day consultant even though BPS policy forbids paying more than $40 an hour without the superintendent's approval, which it didn't have.

By - 4/13/17 - 9:03 am

The Globe reports. Suspended Suffolk County Probate register Felix Arroyo has said he was undercut by angry, racist underlings.