Home 'n' hearth
Channel 4 reports.
The mayor's office reports inspectors swarmed the areas around Ashford and Linden streets this week and found 40 serious code violations in 25 buildings.
City officials launched the inspection blitz in reaction to last month's Linden Street fire that left one BU student in critical condition with head injuries after he jumped out of a window to escape the flames.
Among the violations... Read more
Mike the Mad Biologist riffs on Bostonography's population density maps and ponders how much of Beacon Hill, the Back Bay and the North End approach Manhattan levels of density without anything approaching Manhattan-style building heights:
Boston has two things going for it that most other cities don't have: narrow streets and sidewalks. Not a lot of space is wasted in residential areas. Sidewalks... Read more
Dan Miller reports stumbling onto the lair of the mouse in his house:
While cleaning the basement, we found a rolled-up carpet remnant with several little mustard packs inside, nibbled open and sucked dry.
Our little friend had to climb up on top of a condiment-supply table, carry the pack of mustard with his teeth and scurry to the other side of the basement.... Read more
The Boston Business Journal catches up with Harold Brown, who worries that if landlords take advantage of a tight rental market in Boston and jack rents up too much, they could see a serious effort to bring back rent control.
Nikki Frankel asks on Jan. 12:
Hey, Boston, is anyone else being pressured to renew their September lease already? Seems wicked early to me.
John Ford lists uses for this wonder liquid, including:
11. To cure foot odour, wash your feet with vodka.
At BU, students freak out and sleep in common areas.
A more mature Doug Haslam uses a different technique: a cat and a small piece of cheese:
We hear noises, and it sounds like a mouse, but I don't want it to be a mouse. I want it to be the fridge, even though that would be much more expensive. Actually, it... Read more
Building Green Boston reports Jamaica Plain is fast becoming a strong niche for green building:
We have 4 active projects in the area and have bid over 10 in the past 6 months.
With photos and details on one house's energy-efficiency retrofit.
Malden Patch reports foreclosure protesters gathered up trash from a foreclosed Malden house they say Bank of America has let go to hell, then took it over to the Beacon Hill home of the president of the bank's Massachusetts division and dumped it there.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a 2010 law aimed at protecting tenants of foreclosed apartments against evictions "without just cause" also applies to tenants who were in the process of being evicted before the law went into effect, but who never left their units.
Fannie Mae took possession of a Springfield apartment complex in 2009; in January, 2010, it ordered all of the... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that if the owners of a Charlestown condo want to remove two walls to create a fabulous pass-through view of the harbor and downtown, they're going to have to sign an agreement that the condo board could one day order them to restore the walls.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a Roxbury man has to tear down part of the two-unit condo building he put up on Magazine Street because he tore down a neighbor's fence and then built part of the structure where his neighbors used to plant vegetables and repair their cars.
The court said that while it couldn't figure out where the actual property line was,... Read more
Dear Mayor Menino,
My wife and I have lived at [elided] in Brighton since 1997. At least a third of the residential units on our block are rental units, most of which are rented to a different set of Boston College students each year. Some years are good: the students are respectful of the neighborhood, keep the noise down, and keep things clean. Some years... Read more
Don't worry, Molly Galler went, and she took plenty of pictures.