Ross, who represents Mission Hill, and Mark Ciommo, who represents Allston and Brighton, want a City Council hearing to discuss how an estimated 60,000 students living off campus are driving up rents for permanent Boston residents. NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a copy of their hearing request - which warns that if current trends continue, another 45,000 students will be sucking apartments out of the pipeline by 2018.
This photo, from the ninth floor of Northeastern's Renaissance parking garage, doesn't really do it justice, but the Longwood Medical Area skyline (and Mission Church on Mission Hill) is really quite something. You can also get a dramatic view of the medical city from Fitzgerald Park on St. Alphonsus Street on Mission Hill.
The district covers Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill and parts of Roslindale and Brookline. Incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Sanchez is being challenged in the primary by Jeffrey Herman.
Boston Police report officers' suspicions were aroused when they spotted two guys walking around Tremont and Parker streets with large bags filled with electronics and jewelery around 1:15 p.m. yesterday.
UPDATE No. 3: NStar is now telling the residents still without power they could get their power back by 6 p.m.
UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: NStar spokesman Michael Durand reports at 10:40 a.m.: "The outage began when an underground electrical switch failed, likely due to flooding in a manhole on Anita Terrace. 1,600 customers were originally affected beginning around 11pm. We restored power last night to all but 150 of those customers by rerouting power and installing a portable generator. We expect power to be restored to the remaining 150 customers in about an hour."
11 p.m. update: Seems like the power's back in the Fenway. Matthew Soleyn reports NStar is hoping to restore power on Mission Hill by 1 a.m.
Around 10 p.m., Jed H tweeted the power was off along Tremont between St. Alphonsus and Huntington: The indie bars, of course, remained open, while the Stop & Shop plaza was shut.
This came not long after people started reporting power outages between Queensbury and Jersey in the Fenway.
Police say a 50-year-old trying to run away from officers after burglarizing Mission Church attempted to lighten his load by discarding various items, including cash, stolen from the church.
Police say it didn't work: Officers managed to catch up with Timothy Carlson and arrest him on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny over $250, possession of burglarious tools, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, trespassing, failure to register as a sex offender and a being a common and notorious thief.
District B-2 reports somebody's breaking into Mission Hill homes and stealing everything from money to computers and large-screen TVs - in one case on July 7, a 46-incher.
Police say in the case of the large-screen TV, they're looking for a black or Hispanic male, about 5'9", with facial hair and long hair pulled back in a do-rag and wearing long basketball shorts.
Boston Police report an arrest in connection with a scheme in which Bostonians would be called and ordered to pay ransom for kidnapped relatives - who turned out not to be kidnapped:
In all of the incidents, victims are contacted via phone and told that a relative has been kidnapped; money is then demanded for the safe release of the alleged kidnapping victim. The specific details of these incidents vary; however, almost all of the victims have been Hispanic.
Victims were ordered to use Wester Union to wire money to the "kidnapper," police say.
Boston Police report arresting a local man on charges he stole a guy's phone at gunpoint on Tremont Street near Parker Street shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday.
Al Q. Hall, 36, was arrested after the victim identified him and police removed the victim's cell phone from Hall's pocked. Police say Hall remained optimistic on the trip over to B-2 for booking:
Boston Police report a pair of allegedly inebriated college students learned early this morning that most people don't appreciate having them break into their apartment and ransack it. Also, the roof of the Stop & Shop is not the best place to hide from police, especially not after you call your bud, who is in the process of being arrested, and blurt out where you are.
Chris Faraone surveys the latest skirmishes in what threatens to become an all out war between Northeastern and the neighborhood it's engulfing.
Boston Police report officers responding to a report of somebody walking down Hillside Street punching car side mirrors last night wound up at 36 Cherokee St., where witnesses said the mirror puncher and some pals went inside:
The Huntington News reports four suits from Northeastern couldn't even finish a presentation to a Mission Hill gathering before being interrupted by Mission Hill residents, who accused them of breaking a variety of promises to the community. City Council President Mike Ross - a Mission Hill resident - and state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez sided with the residents.
The MBTA confirms a bicyclist died after a collision late this afternoon near the intersection of Huntington and South Huntington avenues. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said "an active investigation" is underway by MBTA and Boston police.
The Boston Licensing Board said today it will likely approve a food permit for Blue Marble Chocolate Cafe, 258 W. Broadway in South Boston, where owner Jennifer Turner plans to serve coffee, tea and "chocolate dessert-type products."
However, board Chairman Daniel Pokaski said he would likely vote at a meeting tomorrow to defer any action until after Turner meets with neighbors. Board member Michael Connolly said he didn't even think that was necessary. Representatives from the mayor's office and city councilors Bill Linehan and Steve Murphy gave conditional approval, pending a neighborhood meeting.
I'm thankful to live in a neighborhood in Boston (Mission Hill) where the neighbors sit on their porches together, shovel snow together, mourn with each other, feed each other, laugh with each other. Yes, this is still happening in 2010 !