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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?

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

Travis Dagenais asks:

Anyone know of any good Boston-area biohazard cleanup companies that'd handle an in-home case?

By - 1/20/14 - 9:46 am

Scott Van Voorhis says all signs point to the imminent yuppification of Dorchester, even though, as he notes a couple of times, it's really a series of "mini neighborhoods," including, at least according to him, Andrew Square. Whatever, young professionals are now getting priced out of Southie, and, God, don't even think about Jamaica Plain, so watch out, Dorchester (next thing you know, somebody's... Read more

By - 1/7/14 - 5:17 pm
Proposed Nott Street project

BRA officials make a rare visit to Hyde Park tomorrow for a meeting on a proposed 27-unit residential building at the Fairmount train station off Fairmount Avenue.

At the session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1179 River St., the Southwest Boston Community Development Corp. and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. will explain their proposal for the Residences at Fairmount Station.... Read more

By - 11/24/13 - 9:53 am
Faneuil Hall Marketplace Christmas tree

Mark Pijanowski watched the tree get lit at Faneuil Hall Marketplace last night.

By - 11/20/13 - 2:40 pm
Mobile home

Somebody posted an ad on Craigslist and, yes, that is what the mobile home actually looks like:

Hi, I have a tiny home that I would like to either put in a vacant lot or a backyard. It is tiny. 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. I will be moving it in Fall and looking for a place to bring it to!

If JP... Read more

By - 9/9/13 - 12:15 pm

Mayor Menino today released his proposal for getting 30,000 new housing units built in Boston over the next seven years at a combined public and private cost of $16 billion.

Although the bulk of the units would come through easing construction of market-rate apartments, the mayor is also proposing a 2014 referendum on enacting the state's Community Preservation Act, which would let the city add... Read more

By - 8/29/13 - 2:45 pm

The city's come up with a couple of posters for all the kids returning in time for Allston Christmas, including this cheery greeting from St. Bedbug:

St. Bedbug

Students: Don't get stuck.... Read more

By - 8/25/13 - 9:32 am

The Herald reports the owner of a Fort Point condo is facing fines because his condo association objects to the American flag in his window:

Trustee Sean McGrail said the board was merely responding to a resident’s complaint about the flag, which breaks condo rules banning colored curtains.

... Read more
By - 7/13/13 - 5:13 pm

State Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) says it's nuts that some condo associations won't let their residents dry their clothes the old fashioned - and environmentally friendly - way and is pushing legislation that would let communities adopt "the right to dry."

His bill, S.924 would let cities and towns adopt a measure that:

Notwithstanding any general law or the terms of any contract, deed,

... Read more
By - 7/10/13 - 8:09 pm

A UHub reader who likes keeping up with the local apartment market noticed that a 1-bedroom, 775-square-foot apartment in a building off Rindge Avenue, a ten-minute walk from the Porter Square T stop, is going for $3,500 a month. Now, granted, it has stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops and its own washer/dryer unit. And it's all LEED certified and everything. And this is greater Boston.... Read more

By - 6/13/13 - 2:37 pm

Curbed reports the IRS sold two foreclosed parking spaces in back of 298 Comm. Ave. for $560,000.

Yes, $560,000 for two parking spaces. Two uncovered parking spaces. Two uncovered parking spaces that are actually just one parking space long enough to fit two cars. Two uncovered parking spaces that cost more than the 2013 assessed value of one of the units in the... Read more

By - 5/30/13 - 11:43 pm

WBZ reports on findings by state regulators that the contractor failed to even check with DigSafe before its workers hit a gas main during road work, which caused an explosion that leveled Michael Burns and Bob Houser's home in 2010. The company fought the state all the way and the couple is now planning to cut their losses and sell the still house-less... Read more

By - 5/10/13 - 8:24 pm

A pissed-off citizen reports from Stratford Street in West Roxbury:

Dirty Tap and Toilet water due to Water and Sewer work in WR. Someone could have warned us?

Complete with a photo of a toilet with the lid up so you can fully appreciate what discolored toilet water looks like.... Read more

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