Alyssa Miller says rainy nights make Boston pop.
Mayor Walsh today announced a deal that will keep the Citgo sign flashing above Kenmore Square for years and years.
Walsh says Citgo and Related Beal, the company that now owns the building the sign sits on, hammered out a deal in a room at City Haill - which he offered to them as a "neutral negotiation location" for as long as they needed to work out a deal. Read more.
The Boston Preservation Alliance is looking for names on a signature to help convince the Boston Landmarks Commission to designate the iconic Kenmore Square sign as an official city landmark, now that Citgo and the new owner of the building the sign sits on are unable to agree on how much rent the sign is worth.
Also see: Campaign to Save the Citgo Sign.
The T says Green Line trolleys will just zip through Kenmore starting in the third quarter of the Super Bowl and that the 8, 57 and 60 buses that normally stop at the station will also bypass the square.
The T says it's shutting down service at Kenmore at the request of Boston Police, who are taking a number of steps to keep possible Patriots celebrations in the square from getting out of hand.
By now, Boston officials have their post-Super Bowl planning down pat: At a press conference today, Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans described a series of steps to prevent the kind of violence and death Boston saw in the past decade in the areas of Kenmore Square and Fenway.
"Everyone please come out and celebrate; all we're doing is asking people to be responsible," Evans said at a City Hall press conference. Read more.
Emily Grogan posts video of Mr. Butch on his platform, in Kenmore Square back in the day.
The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Riverside Line due to problems at Kenmore Square; initially reported as a dead train, but now as a more generalized power problem.
MassDOT reports that tomorrow state officials will post a new Rte. 20 marker in Kenmore Square - marking the 3,365 miles to Newport, OR, which make the highway the longest continuous road in the US. Read more.
BLDUP.com reports a developer is eying a one-story Citizens Bank at 560 Commonwealth Ave. - at the intersection with Beacon Street - for a glass-walled hotel with a roof-deck restaurant.
Bank fans need not fret, however - the rendering shows a bank going into the first-floor retail space.
On Oct. 21, 1996, after nearly a foot of rain, the Muddy River overflowed its banks and poured into the Riverside Line tunnel into the T stop.
Today, the T is stocked with sandbags, which workers pile in front of the portal whenever it looks like the normally sedate Muddy River might overflow again. And the current work along the Muddy River is aimed in large part at preventing another flood like that one.
UPDATE: The restaurant has passed a re-inspection and is open for business again.
A Boston health inspector yesterday shut the McDonald's at 540 Commonwealth Ave. because of a broken sewage drain that left the restaurant's basement covered in the sort of liquid that would pour out of a sewage pipe at a busy burger joint. Read more.
Enoch Pratt spotted this happymobile headed into Kenmore Square this evening.
BU Today reports the buyer is Related Beal, which turned the old Lovejoy Wharf into Converse's new world headquarters, and which is currently building an all-affordable apartment building near North Station.
Although the company is buying the buildings, BU will continue to own the land they're on. Not resolved: The future of the Citgo sign.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the C and D lines due to signal issues at Kenmore Square.
WBUR reports the Boston Landmark Commission voted yesterday to grant temporary landmark status to the Citgo sign as it spends the next three months considering whether the iconic flashing triangle should get permanent protection.
The move means the owner of the building can't remove the sign as the commission ponders its fate. Boston University, which owns the sign, has not made any noises about removing it, but it is also looking to sell the building that serves as its base.
With BU looking to sell the building that now serves as the iconic sign's base, the Boston Preservation Alliance has started collecting signatures on a request to Boston to designate the giant, glowing beacon an official city landmark.
Landmark designation will protect the CITGO sign permanently and require any possible changes to be reviewed (including those that result from future development of 660 Beacon Street). Further, it will recognize the CITGO sign as an important piece of Boston history and culture.
Michael Moran says the National Women's Hockey League owes him lots of money for what he says is his part ownership of the league and time he spent working as the league's chief marketing officer. Read more.
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