In his first major speech since his election to a fifth term, Mayor Thomas M. Menino issued a rousing call for new ideas - apparently including such out-of-the-box notions as actually building something (anything!) on the old Filene's site, reviving the proposal for a Business Improvement District in Downtown Crossing, and improving the quality of public education.... Read more
Stephen Laniel kvetches about the poor state of signs in Boston; recounts his experience transferring from the Orange Line to the Red Line at Downtown Crossing this morning:
... The one stairwell that will take you down to the Alewife-bound track was closed. T officials were standing there looking bewildered. There werenâ€™t any signs. They directed me to the tunnel that connects Park to... Read more
The Boston Fire Department ordered power shut on the Orange Line between State Street and Downtown Crossing shortly after 10 p.m. when smoke appeared in the State Street station. Power was restored not long after when firefighters discovered the smoke was coming from one particular train, not another track fire, according to Boston Fireman and Local 718.
He was holding a guitar, but in the short time I listened to him at Downtown Crossing, Fester didn't actually play. Instead, he sang "Yesterday" to a karaoke CD.
In the "kids today" department, as I was walking up to the Forest Hills side from the Oak Grove side, these two teen girls in front of... Read more
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