Home 'n' hearth

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.

By - 12/15/14 - 2:56 pm

Eight people in the Boston area are charged with an identity-theft scheme that prosecutors say let them steal $700,000 from five victim's home-equity lines.

Members of the fraud ring managed to get the victims' phone lines redirected to their own, which they then used to obtain advances on the victims' home-equity lines and have them transferred to their own bank accounts between November 2012 and Feburary, 2013, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

By - 11/30/14 - 5:06 pm

Matt Karolian asks:

What's the deal with Winthrop? Decent place to buy a joint?

By - 11/22/14 - 12:15 pm

Pete Cannon asks:

Any recommendations for emergency heating system repair this weekend in JP?

By - 11/14/14 - 4:48 pm

The Boston Globe reports on the new Seaport Square development that's now approved to move forward. The project will include 832 apartments (from from 365-square-foot studios to 1,335-square-foot three bedrooms), 30 new shops & restaurants, 775 parking spaces, a 17,000 square foot park and a bowling ally.

96 units will be designated as affordable housing, but whether or not those residents can afford a membership at the new Equinox gym is up for debate.

By - 11/12/14 - 7:23 pm

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By - 10/17/14 - 4:26 pm
Car on stairs in Dorchester

The Boston Fire Department (which provided this photo), reports firefighters responded around 4 p.m. for an SUV up the front stairs of 44 Hill Top St.

The driver is being evaluated for injuries. A woman and two children in the car checked out OK, the department says.

By - 8/31/14 - 10:16 pm

Get ready for the Tiny House Festival on Sept. 20 at 10 Poplar St.:

Our hope is that a group of tiny houses will take residence in this large city lot in Somerville to create a temporary village from Friday September 19 through Sunday, September 21. While the houses are there, the space will hold several events including a craft fair and festival, an evening documentary screening, and Sunday afternoon building workshops.

Via Davis Square LiveJournal.