Home 'n' hearth

By - 5/21/12 - 3:49 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports the Heritage Elderly Housing building, 30 S. Bremen St., was evacuated this afternoon after a worker dislodged the building's gas meter, causing a gas leak that spread inside the building.

Nobody was injured; MBTA buses were brought in for residents while National Grid repaired the leak.... Read more

By - 5/10/12 - 9:42 am

Spring Seedling Sale May 19th and 20th 9am-3pm
Wake up the Farm Pancake Breakfast May 19th 9am-11am

Join us to celebrate the start of the 2012 season. Enjoy delicious pancakes with friends and stock up on seedlings for your home garden.

There will be a variety of vegetable, herb and flower plants available for purchase, all grown on the farm using organic practices. We... Read more

By - 5/9/12 - 8:17 am

A resident of the West End apartment complex has filed what she hopes will become a class-action lawsuit against her landlord over a $500 "amenity fee" that supposedly helps pay for a fitness center, concierge and freight elevator, but which she says violates a Massachusetts tenant-rights law.

In her lawsuit against Equity Residential Management, Cheryl Miller says the company's tenants are owed more than $5... Read more

By - 5/2/12 - 7:34 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a four-story brick wall came down on Thacher Court Sunday/Monday.

By - 5/1/12 - 7:04 pm

Erica Petersen is looking for a good mover in Boston or Cambridge.

By - 4/1/12 - 10:28 am

Local venture capitalist Bijan Sabet reports he and his family are very happy with the technology they chose for their new custom-built home, except for the sad state of residential phone offerings - from both Verizon and competing home-PBX systems, all of which seem stuck in the 1980s:

The state of residential phone systems is a joke. reminds me of how mobile phones used

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By - 3/26/12 - 11:51 am

Over the weekend, the mayor announced a grant and loan program for people who either already own one of the iconic buildings or who want to buy one. Participants in the 3D program can also get discounts at local hardware stores and sign up for classes on maintaining the buildings.... Read more

By - 2/22/12 - 9:00 am

The Daily Free Press gives us a taste of life in some of Allston's lowlier student apartments, of the sort that gives one reason to describe Allston as a student ghetto. Illustrated with a photo you probably don't want to look at while eating lunch.

By - 2/17/12 - 8:45 am

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

By - 1/21/12 - 9:26 pm

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

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By - 1/16/12 - 3:54 pm

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.

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By - 1/13/12 - 7:30 am

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.

By - 1/12/12 - 6:32 pm

Nikki Frankel asks on Jan. 12:

Hey, Boston, is anyone else being pressured to renew their September lease already? Seems wicked early to me.

By - 12/7/11 - 8:06 am

John Ford lists uses for this wonder liquid, including:

11. To cure foot odour, wash your feet with vodka.

By - 11/21/11 - 7:55 am

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

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By - 9/22/11 - 2:03 pm

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.

By - 9/22/11 - 12:15 pm

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.