By the Minor Thirds: "From Kenmore Square, it's a long commute, but I will take this T clear to Saskatchewan and I will not get off until we reach Saskatoon:"
... The hotel has tried to reference the Square's past by designing its street-level retail space with some stores one flight above the street and some one flight below, but it seems like an empty gesture. Maybe the Square is nicer these days, but it feels a lot less vital, and somehow less real. ...
Boston Development discusses the planned 1 Kenmore project, which would mean two towers (one 20 stories, one 17) and three smaller buildings across the turnpike and on what are now parking lots:
... Estimated at around $400 million, the mixed-use development would bring many positives to the surrounding area. Some of the significant benefits are the addition of housing and valuable retail, easier access from Beacon Street to Fenway Park and an overall improvement of the MBTA Yawkey Station. ...
Mats Tolander sums up the changed Kenmore Square in three sentences.
Mats Tolander gets up for some reason at 3 this morning, then hears a woman screaming get off of me!
... From our window I saw a white guy running across the street, roughly from Commonwealth Hotel, towards the spot where the woman was still yelling.
If you've ever ridden the Green Line, the Outraged Liberal's tale of disrupted service will be nothing new. If you're a highly paid MBTA general manager who doesn't ride the T to work, however, it might make for interesting reading:
... Walking into the lavish [Kenmore] turnstile area (how many years have you been working on that station now?) I was informed there was no outbound service to BC, but there were plenty of buses upstairs.
State Police are investigating the 2 a.m. accident, in which the man, possibly homeless, was hit by a car while crossing the westbound side of the road.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says police have met with the driver in the accident; are continuing to investigate it.
Mats Tolander explains why it might now be Robmore Square and wonders when Boston Police will start doing some community policing in that community.
OK, the two really have nothing to do with each other (or do they?), but Mats Tolander provides proof of both Kenmore happenings. As for Popeye's, he notes:
Don't scoff. Customers piled in from the minute the doors opened.
World Leader, whose city councilor is Jerry McDermott, says enough about Hugo Chavez already: Take down the Citgo sign because it's embarrassing that a major Boston landmark is an ad:
... As the video says, London has its Big Ben, Paris has its Eiffel Tower, and Boston has its...Citgo sign?
Beth lets Jerry McDermott, Allston/Brighton's district city councilor, have it with both barrels over his demand the city tear down the Citgo sign:
Dan Kennedy fact-checks Scott Allen Miller:
... Scott Allen Miller is raising a ruckus because "taxpayers" several years ago refurbished the landmark Citgo sign in Kenmore Square. Citgo, you see, is owned by the Venezuelan government, and Venezuela's president, Hugo ChÃƒÂ¡vez, went off on President Bush yesterday.
< br />Trouble is, Miller was wrong -- in fact, Citgo refurbished the sign at its own expense, replacing the tubes with LEDs. ...
Since the last organization (of many) listed on their website is the American Hunters & Shooters Association, and their president is John Rosenthal, who owns property in Kenmore Square .... I'm going to guess it's him. But I could be very wrong.
Update: Campaign to save the billboard.
... OK, show of hands - does anyone who actually lives in this neighborhood think Kenmore Square has improved? Did anyone without a vested interest in the new development really believe this was a "down-on-its-heels" neighborhood?
Personally, I miss the Deli Haus. The Rat. The old Cornwall's. And never mind the IHOP, I miss CharlieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cafeteria ...