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By - 7/27/14 - 9:23 am

As many as 30 people may have been made homeless by an early morning fire on Allston Street that was so intense, for a time people arriving on scene could not even see the sidewalk due to the thick smoke.

Shortly after 8 a.m., firefighters were still dealing with flareups in two of the three buildings.

Another photo of the... Read more

By - 7/25/14 - 9:16 am
Horseshoe crab door knocker on Beacon Hill

Max Grinnell noticed this unusual door knocker while ambling about Beacon Hill the other day.

By - 7/14/14 - 5:36 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports AvalonBay is just pleased as punch that it's charging less for an apartment at its new Assembly Row building than for a comparable unit in the Back Bay. Life is good.

By - 7/14/14 - 1:33 pm

A West Roxbury District Court judge today admonished two neighbors to grow up and stop battling over their property line.

She reserved particular ire for a 72-year-old woman whose neighbor captured her video on his property scaring his kids and then smashing a glass deck table by throwing a rock at it. The woman, who had requested a restraining order against her neighbor and who... Read more

By - 6/17/14 - 3:43 pm

The Dig reports organizers of a recent foreclosed-house takeover in Dorchester are talking to the Federal Housing Finance Agency about a pilot program that would aim to help people rather than force them into homelessness.

By - 6/15/14 - 11:05 am

The Globe takes a look at Roslindale, basically says that with new luxury units in the planning stages in Forest Hills, savvy investors need to move into Roslindale, where they can continue their drive to push the middle class out of Boston by snapping up relatively low priced properties in what is still a neighborhood "in transition" with "pockets of grittiness."

Also, the... Read more

By - 5/1/14 - 8:26 am

The Boston Business Journal reports rents in Boston's tonier sections are falling as new luxo-apartments come onto the market.

By - 4/26/14 - 2:31 pm

WGBH examines the skyscrapers that are driving up rental prices in Chinatown and driving out longtime residents.

By - 4/22/14 - 11:41 am

The Boston DPW will pick up yard waste on recycling days during the weeks of June 16, July 14, August 11 and September 15 - and will run fall yard pickup for seven weeks.

Summer clipping pickups will have the same basic rules as the spring and fall pickups: Stuff has to be in paper bags or trash barrels labeled "yard waste" - stuff in... Read more

By - 4/14/14 - 8:04 am

The Globe notes the re-emergence of escalation clauses, in which people desperate for a given property agree to pay whatever the highest bid is plus a bonus.

By - 3/31/14 - 9:08 am

MyCityGardens is a group that aims to connect people with a zeal for gardening but no yards with people with yards who'd love to see them cultivated but just can't do it themselves.

Their Web site features a map showing where people are looking for plots to garden and where people have plots that can be gardened.

It is true that so far, there

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By - 3/30/14 - 12:56 pm

William Holbrook asks:

Can anyone recommend a good locksmith? Ideally near Dorchester.

By - 3/19/14 - 5:41 pm

With Tufts leaving the negotiation table on the Powder House School, the opportunity for the parcel to be developed is down to two candidates, one of which has a very direct connection to Ward 5. As I reported previously, one of the top contenders was Davis Square Partners who submitted a proposal that could bring between significant numbers in annual tax revenue for Somerville.

Gate... Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 3:18 pm

If you go to Boston neighborhoods like Dorchester, Roxbury, or Jamaica Plain, you will see streets lined with two and three family homes. These homes are an iconic part of Boston’s history and Renew Boston wants to ensure that they remain comfortable, affordable and safe for decades to come.

This is why Renew Boston, in partnership with National Grid and NSTAR, is extending the... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 9:36 am

Team Brookline has 42 runners, 4 charitable causes…
and advice from its own mental health expert.

Everyone who ran in, attended, watched, supported the Marathon last year keenly felt the effects of the day and what followed. For many of us, those feelings will come flooding back this year on April 21. But runners training for this year’s Boston Marathon are deep into that... Read more

By - 3/11/14 - 2:21 pm

The red-hot South Boston housing market showed signs of chafing today when a divided Zoning Board of Appeals today approved a controversial residential project despite opposition from not only residents of a neighboring building but Mayor Walsh, City Councilor Bill Linehan and state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry.

The four-story, 45-foot-high building at 340 W. 2 St. will include 29 residential units, 43 parking spaces -... Read more

By - 2/26/14 - 2:23 pm

oh, did i say West Roxbury? I meant Mattapan.
The address here is 622 Morton Street at the intersection of Harvard Ave.
It's been like this for 6 months and the rest of the wall is going to fall down any second into the sidewalk.
Yes, filed a citizens connect already.

By - 2/11/14 - 11:52 pm
Commonwealth Avenue igloo

Bettlebrox ran across this igloo on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Posted under this Creative Commons license. Tagged on Flickr as universahub.

By - 2/11/14 - 11:12 am
In-window air conditioner

A concerned citizen looks up on Appleton Street in the South End and complains about the in-window AC he now can't not see:

This is not to code and required action or it will spread. Second on same block.

Appleton Street? Appleton Street? Oh, yeah, the hunting grounds of the South End font kvetcher.... Read more

By - 2/6/14 - 11:30 am

Laura Pond asks:

Those who have Renter's Insurance - who do you recommend?

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