Downtown

By - 12/11/08 - 8:57 am

Because they don't think the in-debt-to-its-eyeballs T can come up with its 40% share of the $1.5-billion bus tunnel, the Globe reports.

The Outraged Liberal can't wait, says this might finally be the kick in the teeth the state needs to come up with an actual, serious plan for dealing with all of the region's transportation issues:

... But then again, this is Massachusetts. If we could tax words, we would be swimming in cash.

By - 12/10/08 - 8:57 am

A burst water main'll do that - although can you imagine if it had broken yesterday, with all that water turning into ice?

By - 12/9/08 - 1:40 pm

The goal is to keep them building, the Globe reports; money could start flowing in four months and will use federal money. The Filene's hole in the ground could be one of the first projects.

By - 12/8/08 - 7:15 pm

Would-be buyers don't want to buy homes now with interest rates set to go even lower, and would-be sellers would rather wait than lower their prices anymore, so nothing's moving, John Ford reports.

The Boston Condo Guy reports a significant dropoff in downtown condo sales in November compared to last November, but says that while the seven-figure market continues to show price weakness, prices actually went up for condos under $1 million.

By - 12/8/08 - 5:15 pm

The Globe reports on two small arson fires at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Sunday - both set while the church was conducting Chinese-language services.

By - 12/5/08 - 7:50 pm

The Commutant reports from North Station:

Apparently the elders of North Station, in their wisdom, have decided that the low bass voice of the text-to-speech PA system is too easy to understand in the cavernous space that is the waiting area for trains. So, added to the mix is a bunch of ethnic folk song rejects caterwauling their oh-so-politically-correct holiday songs that I don't recognize.

And lucky for him, he got to listen even longer because at 4:48, he posted a photo of an empty platform where the 4:40 express was supposed to have just left from, only it hadn't even pulled in.

By - 12/5/08 - 6:20 pm

Boston Police report on a brawl outside Faneuil Hall early this morning that left one man unconscious, one with a broken nose and four under arrest.

Police say the melee began around 2:15 at North and Union streets:

According to witnesses, a white limo pulled up to the victims and five to six individuals exited the car and proceeded to punch and kick the victims. Witnesses say the suspects then re-entered the limo and fled the area.

Police say they caught up with the limo on Soldiers Field Road:

Officers quickly noted that four of the occupants appeared as if they had been involved in some sort of physical altercation. Specifically, officers observed and noted that the suspects in question had among other things: bloodied, swollen knuckles, ripped clothing and clothing with blood on it. A search of the car enabled officers to locate a pair of brass knuckles.

Arrested and charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon: James King, 26, of Middletown, RI, Chris Kilroy, 26, of Newport, RI, Dewey Guntar, 25, of Charlestown, RI and Jeremy Schmidt, 29, of Amesbury.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/4/08 - 7:20 pm

Rae4dmb is posting updates even as I type this:

The high school choir changed the lyrics 'jesus is king' to 'ding dong ding ding'.

7:49 update: Alright, who tripped over the Boston Common extension cord? Looks like power at the Common just went poof.

By - 12/3/08 - 9:39 pm

Riggs, who only yesterday finally said something nice about the T, texted in a report from Government Center, where a disabled trolley - and bustitution on the E line - meant only one thing: Green Line Ultra Epic Maximum Fail.

By - 12/3/08 - 6:04 pm

Because I refuse to get a CrackBerry, I didn't get the last minute e-mail that the guy I was supposed to meet at the Starbucks at School and Province streets this afternoon got pulled into a sudden meeting. So instead I spent 20 minutes inhaling pure diesel fumes and carbon monoxide. Inside the Starbucks.

An NStar crew was doing some work down a manhole right in front of the place. They had their truck running the whole time. The truck was in bad need of a tuneup, or something, because it emitted a constant fog of smoke and fumes - except for when it would belch every so often and put out even more smoke and fumes. The exhaust pipe was pointed right at the front entrance of the Starbucks, maybe four feet away. Whenever somebody walked into the Starbucks, you could see the smoke come in with them. After awhile, I neared my limit and went outside for some fresh air. Still not knowing the guy wasn't showing up, I went in the back entrance for one last look. It was like walking into the Back Bay Station waiting area right after a commuter train has pulled in. Gag.

I pity the poor workers, and wonder where I can get my lungs washed out.

By - 12/2/08 - 2:59 pm

This Thursday (Dec. 4), starting at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Massachusetts Asian American Commission.

By - 12/1/08 - 10:27 am

The Berkeley Beacon reports the Gypsy Bar on Boylston Street bar is complaining about chain-smoking, loitering Emerson students clogging up the sidewalk in front of its doors:

... Though no official report was filed, Emerson Police Chief George Noonan said he would like to see Emersonians respect the wishes of the college's neighbors. Officers have begun asking students to move out from the storefront.

The problem, said day manager Tanya Cavazza, is when students don't move even after she and the delivery people ask. ...

The paper quotes students who basically say, tough, the bar sucks:

... Students interviewed said they didn't care if the managers were complaining about them smoking in front of their door, since the people who go to the bar are equally disruptive to the Emerson community.

"Well, we're complaining about assholes blocking the street, getting drunk and [getting] in fights," said junior theatre studies major Brian Tweedy as he stood in front of the Gypsy Bar's doorway. "[Emerson] should give us somewhere that's convenient to smoke." ...

Via MassCops.

By - 12/1/08 - 9:03 am
By - 11/28/08 - 7:03 pm

Alicia has a verbal run-in with one of the Youth of Today at the Downtown Crossing T stop.

By - 11/28/08 - 6:56 pm

No doorbusters, but Andy reports he found something far better at the Brattle Book Store today.

By - 11/25/08 - 12:43 pm

Channel 5: Jackknifed Truck Jams Boston Traffic.

Specifically, a jackknifed truck in the northbound side of the O'Neill Tunnel.