Wait, what's that? That's not a Christo installation? It's just the developers trying to mollify an outraged city and protect what's left of the old Filene's buildings after more than a year of leaving them exposed to the elements at the giant hole in the middle of Downtown Crossing?
Oh, never mind.
Somehow I missed this account of what happened when some kid stole Ben Franklin's hat in Downtown Crossing last week:
... Ben Franklin catches up and starts whacking the thief with his cane, so the cop starts yelling, "Easy with the cane! Easy with the cane!" ...
I bet it's the Faneuil Hall Ben Franklin who gets mad if you take his picture without... Read more
Panhandler this afternoon on Summer Street in Downtown Crossing:
Could you give me some money for absolutely no reason at all? I've run out of excuses.
Orange Line operator on the PA this evening as the train pulled into Forest Hills:
I hope you had a good time on the Orange Line! Please remember to take all your belongings. See you again!
The Globe reports on how badly developer John Hynes feels about the empty swimmin' hole on Washington Street, says that if he doesn't get financing by October to start building there, he'll fill the hole in. No word on whether he'll also cover up what's left of the Filene's buildings, or simply leave them to rot so that when he finally does get financing,... Read more
NOTE: I'd originally linked to stats on a new MBTA Transit Police site. That site is now dead and looks like they are no longer linking to stats from their old site. Feh. The information below was from the new site before it got taken down/fell apart. Channel 4 reports overall crime on the T system is down. Oy.
The latest crime stats from Transit... Read more
John Keith reports.
I was meeting somebody on the Common today (it's amazing what you can do when the weather's nice). As I walked down Winter, there was Spare Change Guy doing his usual thing (and still clean-shaven) right at Tremont.
Meeting done, I walked through the Common back toward Downtown Crossing. Spare Change Guy was sitting on a bench. His hand was out, and he was asking... Read more
That's what they did in Wellesley, which has its own giant hole in the ground (where the Wellesley Inn got torn down for condos that never materialized). The Swellesley Report notes the developers actually agreed to do something to keep part of the town from looking like London after the Blitz:
... We'll miss seeing the tumbleweeds blowing across the vacant lot, but I... Read more
And then promptly kill off the Downtown Crossing store forever so it can rent it to somebody more lucrative, the Herald reports. Vornado teamed up with Syms on what is now apparently the winning bid for the frail Filene's Basement.
The Globe reports Orange Line service was disrupted last night when an apparently drunk guy dropped a bag as he was getting off the train, then got his arm stuck between the train and the platform when he fell over trying to retrieve it.
An East Boston man faces a charge he groped an undercover MBTA Transit Police officer near Dudley station yesterday - even after the officer identified himself as a cop.
Ricardo Lopez, 41, is scheduled for arraignment in Roxbury District Court this morning.
Meanwhile, Transit Police are continuing to hunt for a man they... Read more
The Globe has a big story, Last markdown for Filene's Basement.
The story itself is not quite a port-mortem, but the reader comments are a wake for the original Downtown Crossing location that made Filene's Basement a Boston institution.
The Globe details John Hynes' latest possibility for the giant negative space: Fewer floors, more apartments could dramatically reduce costs and make the project more attractive to the lenders who aren't giving him money now.
Interesting photo of two guys hanging out by the Orange Line entrance at the Filene's pit in Downtown Crossing.
Tobyjug doesn't explain why he was at Downtown Crossing at 3 a.m., but no matter: He asks:
... [A]s I was walking by the crater, I started to hear Johnny (or is it Edgar) Winter's "Frankenstein". Strobe lights were going off all over the broken open parts of the building. Fog was rising out of the pit. Little "Enchanted Village" figures twirled in the... Read more
Councilor and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty says the developers behind the BRA Memorial Hole on Washington Street are actually sitting on a large sum of money, so the least they can do is fill in the damn hole already:
... In the spirit of returning and improving the vitality of this central downtown neighborhood, the developers should be ordered to make the graded site... Read more