Innovation District

By - 3/2/14 - 10:00 am

Yesterday morning, I drove down to the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel on Congress Street (I was on a panel discussion).

When I came out, there was some minor thing going on in which a guest checking out felt compelled to have police summoned. A state trooper arrived, rather than a Boston Police officer, since, of course, the hotel sits on Massport land and God... Read more

By - 2/8/14 - 4:56 pm

A citizen stuck in traffic complains:

Please do something about the traffic out of the Seaport. It's taken almost 30 minutes to drive from the WTC to Vertex. Insane. It is literally crawling. But mostly dead stopped. Do not ask any other companies to move here until this is solved. Thank you.

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By - 12/3/13 - 4:51 pm

As an industrial and warehouse district, the areas along Fort Point Channel and the harbor have had more than their share of fires over the decades. The Boston Public Library has posted a number of South Boston fire photos by Leslie Jones, including this four-alarm blaze at the National Wool warehouse on Congress Street in 1913 (above) and a six-alarm fire in 1915:

By - 10/30/13 - 12:05 pm

The mayor and officials from the Fallon Co. put their ceremonial shovels in the ground today to launch 22 Liberty, a 14-story luxury condo building on the waterfront that features a stepped design so that residents can get views of both the harbor and downtown.

Fallon says some of the units will feature three or more bedrooms, unusual in a city where developers seemed to... Read more

By - 10/24/13 - 9:44 am

The Herald reports the developers of the mixed-use project now going in between the ICA and the World Trade Center figure it could be a couple years before they get around to demolishing the old restaurant, so why not see if somebody would be interested in running another restaurant there in the interim?... Read more

By - 10/9/13 - 4:05 pm

Capt. Greland at C-6 reports somebody's been going around the Seaport area stealing those metal brackets used to attach banners to utility poles. As of last week, some 45 sets of brackets, worth $5,000, have disappeared from area poles.

By - 10/3/13 - 7:49 am
Seaport Blvd. valet

A concerned citizen minces no words:


By - 10/2/13 - 12:16 pm

City and state officials today announced a series of traffic-improvement steps to keep the burgeoning Innovation District from choking on its own success, ranging from the mundane - better lane markers on the Moakley Bridge - to a new ferry service between East Boston and South Boston, scheduled to start sometime next year.

The city will use a $1.3 million federal grant to help pay... Read more

By - 9/27/13 - 2:02 pm

Salvatore's, 225 Northern Ave., goes before the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on Monday to seek permission to hire a DJ and allow dancing.

Why, yes, of course, establishments in Boston that already have licenses to play music, such as Salvatore's, have to get separate approval for dancing - and heaven help any establishment with music that is caught with patrons bopping... Read more

By - 9/20/13 - 4:09 pm

MassChallenge, a high-tech incubator, announced along with Mayor Menino today that it'll be moving into new space in the Boston Marine Industrial Park from its current offices on Fan Pier.

MassChallenge will move into what's now called the Innovation and Design Building, formerly the the Bronstein Center and the Boston Design Center. Jamestown Properties of Atlanta finished its acquisition of the two buildings earlier... Read more

By - 9/7/13 - 8:11 pm

John Keith is so liking the idea of a rail connection between Back Bay and the South Boston waterfront that he went out and took lots of photos - including of the parking lot where cars now park right on the tracks.

By - 9/6/13 - 7:21 am

The Globe gets the scoop on a plan to use small self-propelled diesel cars to shuttle people between the Seaport and Back Bay station via a short and dormant track the state acquired in last year's CSX deal.

For you oldtimers, think Budd cars, only more modern. And, yes, the state is planning on buying some of the units for use on the... Read more

By - 8/17/13 - 4:08 pm

Newly elected state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry says she'll continue predecessor Jack Hart's effort to give Boston Police the right to patrol land along the South Boston waterfront owned by Massport.

Her vow comes after the Herald reported State Police, who now have sole jurisdiction over the land, sat on information about a woman being picked up by a gypsy cab driver who then... Read more

By - 8/16/13 - 8:43 am

The Herald reports on the Aug. 6 attack in which a woman got into a cab on Northern Avenue, then got driven to Newton and raped.

The Herald quotes a State Police spokesman as saying, oops, yeah, they sat on the news because of an ongoing jurisdictional dispute with Boston Police over who gets to patrol the waterfront, at a time when women in... Read more

By - 7/16/13 - 8:43 pm

The Herald reports on the authority's change of heart on 399 Congress St., in part because 60 of the apartments will be the micro-units the city fancies for the Innovation District.

By - 7/6/13 - 11:09 am

Anthony's Pier 4 last year. Photo by Dale Cruse.Anthony's Pier 4 last year. Photo by Dale Cruse. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

The landmark waterfront restaurant, which had actually been fading away for years, closes its doors forever next month, the... Read more

By - 6/6/13 - 8:15 am

Cisco is holding a conference at the South Boston convention center this week, and apparently it rented out the World Trade Center for parties tonight and tomorrow that are going to feature some acrobats. Billy Chen watched them warm up. Another view.

Also see Cisco's reassurance to attendees... Read more

By - 5/31/13 - 10:48 am

Massport, which should really be renamed MassPortAndRealEstateDevelopment, has decided it's not going to let a develop build 300 apartments on some vacant land it owns near Bank of America Pavillion because, well, just because:

The statement did not elaborate on why the residential units are not allowed.

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By - 5/16/13 - 12:56 pm

A pedestrian who suffered no visible injuries when "brushed" by a car whose driver was making a turn made a series of phone calls to get money out of him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Instead of money, however, Deborah Yi, 24, got a trip to a State Police barracks, after she was arrested on an extortion charge after allegedly accepting an envelope... Read more