No, really. Jason Feifer details the scam, along with a couple of tips: Never send anybody money in advance just to see a place, and never trust somebody named Louis Pontecorvo.
Home 'n' hearth
Should I be pissed that one of my teenage neighbors and his friends think they're rap stars or DJ's or something and like to let everyone in the apartment complex know by hanging out on a porch playing music so loud that I heard it over my vacuum cleaner? Or should I just be happy that he's not out dealing drugs, underage... Read more
Chris Lovett provides an interesting look at sub-prime mortgages and explains why the president's plan for dealing with the mess will do little to help places such as Dorchester, with a look at the condos of 43 Whitfield St., just outside Codman Square:
... After its conversion to condos, all three units were sold to a single buyer in February, 2006, each for $330,000,... Read more
I went down to the basement today to get the laundry and opened the door into the basement and there was a thing that looked kind of like a chunk of lint or a sock hanging on the edge of the door. I grabbed it and it was warm and furry... Read more
Three reasons: Property values continue to sink, commercial development continues to escalate, and Tom Menino got legislation passed that changed the way residential and commercial tax revenue related to each other (until this year, state law barred Boston from reducing residential tax income unless it did the same for commercial properties).
This contrasts with Brookline, where selctmen tonight... Read more
It's the holiday time again, and I figured I'd share my favorite recipe with you all for anyone who'e into baking. If others are willing to put in their favorite recipes for the holidays, no matter what it may be, you're more than welcome. Here goes:
Chocolate Pound Cake with Rich Chocolate Glaze:
2 cups all-purpose white flour
2 cups... Read more
Sad to say, I don't have a kitchen this Thanksgiving. We're ripping out the walls and ceiling of the now-empty room where it stood. I don't even own an oven! So instead of my usual 24-hour cookathon, I'd like to host a Vitual Thanksging this year on Universal Hub.
I hear that there are fresh turkeys to be had in Brookline (as a public service... Read more
Today, I'm taking a break from posting about Boston's politics to blog in something different. Here goes:
Much has been noted, and said about the force(s) of nature kicking back when people have shown little to no respect for it.
Nature, I believe, is a very strange, if not intense and exciting phenomenom that frequently works in various, if quirky ways. Nature can be... Read more
Kelly needs help identifying whatever it is that started coming up through her basement floor yesterday, because she's not going down there again until she knows what she's dealing with.
When Caity and her roommate realized they'd locked themselves out of their house, they started walking to the neighborhood hardware store to see if there was any sort of tool they could buy to break in. But then they passed their local fire station:
... The fire fighters sitting out front said hello, saw the look of panic on our faces, and asked what... Read more
Any advice on how to deal with neighbors' volume control issues without enduring too much wrath? My plates are rattling in the sink.
Landlord has already sent neighbors letters and talked to them about it, nothing he has done has been too effective. Of course, he doesn't have to live with them.
What do you do about a neighbor who is both impressive and annoying at the same time?
Maureen Rogers ponders nascent efforts in local leafy suburbs to fight McMansions, and considers John Henry's plan to tear down the $16-million mega-house in Brookline he recently bought from never-will-be Sox owner Frank McCourt:
... It should seems like a shame that, for a measly $16 mil you can't find anything decent in Brookline. ...... Read more
Fabulously Out There reports on her rude awakening.
Harold M. Clemens writes; says Hispanics seem to own all the apartments in the 'hood these days:
... lord knows I'm tired of grinnin', cracking fake smiles, and putting on an affected accent just to find a place to rest for the next few months. I'm even more tired of being second guessed. one palito bitch asked me, "You make $40k?!" in visible shock... Read more
Amy discovers her new next-door neighbors came equipped with banjos - and very healthy pipes:
... As I stood waiting for someone to answer my loud and impatient knock, I heard more clearly what was happening. At least four people were in the neighbor's apartment singing a song about Jesus. Loudly. I waited for a while, but I was chilling in my hallways in... Read more