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By - 2/9/16 - 7:18 am

The Crimson reports; adds the author of the study isn't sure if that's a one-time blip or not.

By - 1/11/16 - 10:12 pm

A surveying contractor hired by the city should start sending crews into the Grove in a couple of weeks to try to mark out the exact borders between land owned by the Department of Neighborhood Development and residents.

The work in one of Boston's more unusual neighborhoods - where many of the roads remain unpaved and residents still use septic systems - is nothing sinister, Chris Rusk, Mayor Walsh's liaison to West Roxbury, told a meeting of the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:41 am

The Boston Business Journal reports monthly rents continued to increase even as vacancy rates have been inching up due to new construction. New York, San Francisco and San Jose still have higher average rents.

By - 12/20/15 - 11:58 am

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BETTER WORLD NEXT YEAR
SAFETY, PEACE, LIFE, LIBERTY,
THE THINGS I HOLD DEAR

LESS VIOLENCE, MORE CHEER
MORE FAITH, LESS FEAR

HOPE FOR THE MASSES
DREAMS COMING TRUE
HOPE FOR THOSE THAT FEEL HOPELESS
I KNOW SOME, DO YOU?

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A BETTER WORLD NEXT YEAR
LOVE, UNITY, COMPASSION AND JOY

MY WISHES, ARE THEY SELFISH, NOT FOR MATERIAL THINGS, OR WEALTH?
I’M THANKFUL NOW FOR SHELTER, FOOD, AND A PORTION OF GOOD HEALTH!

BEST WISHES FOR YOUR GOOD WANTS….. AS WE ANTICIPATE THE NEW YEAR!

By - 12/14/15 - 4:40 pm

Merry Christmas!

Christmas……Don’t get caught up in the guilt of not having/spending enough $$$$$ for Presents and Gifts

If how much you spend, or buying what the persons “wants” determines your Merry Christmas....... stop, think about this; Materialism has bankrupted some people,
Some are on the way there, and some are recovering from it.

If anyone is not pleased with you changing your gift giving habits….. It’s on them.

By - 12/2/15 - 7:57 am

The Dig reports on the residents of 173-177 Maverick St., whose new landlord upped their rent, did nothing when the water stopped and now has stopped paying for alternate housing for them after a rear wall collapsed.

By - 11/28/15 - 6:01 pm
Winter months attack

Kevin Wiles Jr. shows us what happens when you leave a porch light on.

Reports are coming in from all over about the annual explosion in the winter-moth population.

As long as you're standing there, trying to figure out how to get in your house without bringing a ton of the bugs with you, why not count them and then fill out the annual survey by the Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project (since, yes, these things are not native, and only started showing up in the 1990s)?

By - 11/7/15 - 10:18 am

Patty asks:

Anyone able to identify this spider that built a web across my front window? Should I move?

By - 10/30/15 - 8:06 am

Studio Luz Architects of South Boston, co-founded by Hansy Better Barraza of Roslindale, has won a 2015 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies for an unusual house on Meyer Street on the Roslindale/JP line: Read more.

By - 10/27/15 - 8:43 am

A citizen who recently resumed smoking after 17 years complains that workers at a Cleveland Circle condo complex keep removing the hand-made ash trays he keeps putting out by a bench near Cassidy Playground so he can "have my coffee and cigarettes and watch the geese" and comply with the complex's rule against smoking inside.

H/t Hingle McDingleberry.

By - 10/20/15 - 8:48 pm

Boston Metro reports on what it says is Dorchester's first single-family home to sell for seven figures - in the over-the-bridge part of Savin Hill.

By - 10/9/15 - 12:21 pm

Jeff Kaufman reports on what is turning into a $50,000 decontamination project thanks to some clueless workers who removed an ancient Honeywell heating system and let the mercury that it used to help pressurize the water just spill all over the place, well before he bought the place.

On July 1st I discovered a puddle of liquid mercury in our house. It was the evening before the holiday weekend and I was preparing to do some more demolition for the bathroom I've been working on.

By - 10/1/15 - 2:26 pm

A city zoning rule that bans more than four undergraduates in an apartment isn't working, city officials said today, so they've begun looking at changes that would let them start levying fines on landlords who persist in overcrowding their units. Read more.

By - 8/30/15 - 7:32 pm
Leaning house in South Boston

A concerned citizen frets about his house on E. 8 Street in South Boston:

House is falling over more than ever before and now looks like it's causing house next door to sag.

H/t Trevor Maloney.

By - 8/12/15 - 6:30 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) today proposed a property-tax exemption for residents who convert their homes to solar power. Read more.

By - 7/10/15 - 11:32 pm

We've noticed that there is a family of raccoons living in our next door neighbor's attic. They have been seen during daytime although most frequently are out at dusk and night.

There is a major language gap between us and our neighbors, and attempts to discuss it don't really register. Given the state of their house it's quite possible they don't have the means to fix the gaping hole in their eaves from which these raccoons emerge. They keep to themselves and we really only see them when they shovel snow late at night.

I don't typically involve myself in other people's business, but we have a dog and two kids who I honestly don't feel that safe about leaving outside at dusk.

Is this an animal control issue? Is it up to the home owner to remedy the situation? Someone who knows more about the city ordinances and departments who handle this stuff have an idea here?

By - 7/8/15 - 10:19 am

New York, San Francisco and San Jose beat us, according to the Boston Business Journal, which quotes some Gloomy Gus about how all those new residential units are going to force landlords sooner or later to lower their rents.

By - 6/18/15 - 5:21 pm
Proposed new Whittier building in Roxbury

Architect's rendering of proposed Whittier building.

Developers have filed plans with the BRA to completely tear down the 62-year-old Whittier Street project and replace it over five years with new buildings with more apartments.

Separately, the Boston Housing Authority this week formally asked developers for plans to turn the Bunker Hill project into a mixed-income development. Read more.

By - 5/19/15 - 11:05 am

Wendy Blom, Executive Director of SCATV, sits down with Eric Fellinger, Board Chair of Union Square Main Streets, and Esther Hanig, Executive Director of Union Square Main Streets to discuss their grassroots fundraising campaign to help provide farm fresh food to Somerville neighbors in need of Farmers Market SNAP benefits. Support their endeavor: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/20...

By - 5/4/15 - 3:09 pm

Welcome to Dot reposts a query from the Lower Mills Nextdoor group:

Anyone know of a local ceramic shop or thrist store where I can find ceramic fairies?

I know it is a weird request, but I really need a few for the neighborhood kids.

The few I had in my front yard broke over the winter, and at least 3 little girls in the neighborhood feel a real loss because the fairies are missing. One 6 year old girl gave me some seeds to attract new fairies.

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