Home 'n' hearth

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.

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 experience already.

That’s why Team Brookline is drawing on the expertise of a special coach this year: a mental health expert who will talk with the Team as part of its training regimen.

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 - 12 of them into which a car elevator will put the vehicles - and first-floor commercial space. Of the 29 units, 18 will have one bedroom, the remaining 11 two bedrooms.

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.

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 going to propose a fancy wine and cheese shop for Dot Ave. Oh, wait ...).

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.

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 doesn't work out (you know how pesky our zoning codes can be), there's always Boston's only mobile-home park - the Boston Trailer Park on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.

H/t Freddie Francis.

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 a 1% surcharge on local real-estate taxes to be dedicated to an affordable-housing fund.

Menino is also proposing a $1.5-billion revolving fund to help middle-class residents stay in this increasingly expensive city.

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:

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.

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:

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. But still, he's amazed - and wonders if, with prices like that, they throw in utilities.

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.

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 land.