Martin Lieberman says he's going to avoid the sidewalk in front of the Downtown Crossing CVS from now on; even if that pigeon poop on his shoulder does mean good luck.
Jenny reports she was transferring from the Red to the Orange Line when a man ran into her:
... Not like was "running trying to get by me and accidentally clipped my side but was entirely sorry" - THE MAN CAME UP FROM BEHIND AND FULL ON RAN INTO ME AND SHOVED ME TO THE SIDE SO HE COULD GET BY. Hit me so hard to the point where I made the noise you would imagine you yourself would make if someone ran into you. The kicker? He did NOT even glance back to say "I'm sorry".
John Daley likes the idea of a shiny new highrise atop the old Filene's building, but he cautions that that alone won't solve Downtown Crossing's issues, notably crime and homelessness (ed note: See the intersection just outside the new Ritz).
Mike Mennnonno is delighted the city will be helping to end its shortage of luxury condos, but adds:
On BadTransit, Joe Bowden reports witnessing an innovative new way to beat the CharlieGates, although part of the scheme's success involved nobody caring:
... His buddy came in, and no one seemed to care as the buzzer went off indicating that a fare had not been paid. ...
Greg Kulaga begins and ends a music video (set to Ween's "So Many People in the Neighborhood") with everybody's favorite panhandler (also features streets scenes from Downtown Crossing and Quincy Market). From January.
Last summer, the T had to do some scheduled maintenance on the Orange Line. Even though it was scheduled, the T couldn't figure out how to direct passengers to alternate routes.
You'd think the T would have learned from that. Nope. Yesterday, the T had to do some more scheduled maintenance on the Orange Line. Charley on the MTA provides an account of a ride that normally is about as easy as it gets (Sullivan Square to Back Bay) turned into an exotic adventure:
... Downtown Crossing, when I finally get to it, is such a mess that the ad-hoc signs saying "Forest Hills" (i.e. southbound) are actually pointing to the "Oak Grove" platform. Huh? So I ask a very nice MBTA gentleman where the Forest Hills platform is, and he points to the Oak Grove platform. Riiiight -- the train actually reverses direction at that very platform. Nobody actually said that, of course. ...
Man, 20, from Winston, NC, taken to Boston Medical Center; expected to live. Exact time not given in police report.
Church and Fayette streets
TC Cheever reports on MBTA hell, specifically, yesterday's morning commute on the Red Line from downtown to Alewife. If you never take the Red Line, read it to see what you're missing (if you do take the Red Line, read it so you can nod your head in disgusted agreement).
Man, 24, shot in car, falls out of car, gets run over by car. Taken to Mass. General; expected to live. Driver on the loose.
Kneeland and South streets
Taken to Mass. General with serious injuries. Police say three men set upon three other men, who fled into Jose McIntyre's for safety; the suspects then went to the back of the bar and grabbed a man and held him down and stabbed him repeatedly.
Shane Vitkovich, 26, of Roxbury, John Romolo, 31, of Dedham, and Christopher Fischer, 29, of Somerville, arrested on multiple charges.
177 State St.
Even with police on the scene, man rushed victim and punched him repeatedly in head and face. Promptly arrested.
126 State St.
Motorist hit from behind; guy gets out of car, smashes victim's rear window, then reaches into driver's side window to stab victim. Treated at Mt. Auburn Hospital for a non-life threatening injury.
Congress and State streets
That's Single Girl in the City's glum assessment of the increasingly depressing Downtown Crossing:
... There are the strung out meth junkies lying on the sidewalk, rolling around in their own piss, bums begging for booze money, and every punk, hoodlum and loser is finding their way to Downtown Crossing for a little fun.
But it's not fun. It sucks to the point that I don't even leave my office at lunch anymore, because I'm sick and tired of the bullshit that goes on down there on a daily basis. ...
When Macy's pulled the Pride mannequins from its Downtown Crossing store, Sandouri Dean Bey wrote the store to cancel his charge account in protest. He's just gotten a letter from Macy's that basically says homophobes are people, too:
... Unfortunately, while many people share your views about the content of the window display, many others do not. They too, are our customers. I hope you can appreciate our position on this subject, even though it may differ from your own. ...
The giant homage to former mayor John Collins is a cool image in a creepy sort of way. The panels move in the wind, making it kind of shimmery, but he's huge and looks down at us like a smiling Big Brother from the Ministry of Peace, um, City Hall.
Shondel Stoner charged with holding up a man at gunpoint. Loaded .380 handgun recovered.
Tremont and Lenox streets
The very pregnant Christonicle goes into the Macy's shoe department to get some shoes. A salesman gets her a pair, drops them at her feet, then leaves to go chat with co-workers.
Note to Macy's shoe salesmen: Ready to pop pregnant women can't easily bend down to pick up things.
In Newsweekly reports:
Macy's East Chairman and CEO said that Macy's made a "mistake - unquestionably" when employees removed mannequins from the gay pride display at its downtown Boston location last week.
"Am I regretful that Macy's made a mis-step in this instance? Yes," Ron Klein writes. ...
Via Jesse Kanson-Benanav.