The BRA board today approved Ashkenazy Acquisition's general "vision plan" for how to turn Faneuil Hall Marketplace into a destination that attracts not only rich tourists but local residents and visitors of more moderate means - in part by making the historic buildings at the core of the marketplace as much a part of visitors' experience as the stores and food. Read more.
A correspondent reports she saw a guy steal the tip jar at the Starbucks at 30 Rowes Wharft around 4:10 p.m. today - despite the best efforts of a barista and a single customer to stop him.
"I feel bad for the working staff, they're not rich," she said, adding she's also upset that while women in the shop called 911, "lots of men in there were buying coffee and they didn't even block the door nor tried to help."
On the outbound Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing this afternoon.
John Gage came upon U2 fans outside the Garden hoping for a glimpse of Bono's limo around 2:30 p.m.
Mayor Walsh formally inaugurated the new City Hall "lawn" - a 40x40 piece of Astroturf - with cornhole, Adirondack chairs and food he cooked up himself.
Charlene McBride asks:
Any decent kid-friendly restaurants near Back Bay, Downtown or the North End?
Lynne Powers watched workers turn Milk Street into Sixth Avenue this evening for Ghostbusters filming.
The Boston Business Journal reports a developer has filed a preliminary plan with the BRA to stick 26 floors of residential space above the facade of the existing four-story building at 533 Washington St. that had housed nightclubs for more than 50 years until the state shut Felt in 2012.
The developer bought the building from the Baldekas family last year.
Shamus Moynihan watched workers putting down Astroturf on a 40x40 stretch of City Hall Plaza as part of Mayor Walsh's effort to make the normally barren brick wasteland more fun. Part of the effort also includes the plastic Adirondack chairs the city recently plunked down on the plaza.
Area Haitians and Haitian-Americans protesting a plan by the Dominican Republic to expel tens of thousands of people who can't prove they're really Dominican marched yesterday from Government Center to the Dominican consulate - where they were met by area Dominicans and Dominican-Americans who think the plan is just fine. WBUR reports the two groups protested peacefully - and separated by police. Among the Haitian group: State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), who is Haitian-American.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on a public meeting Tuesday over the future of the venerable marketplace - whose operators have already announced plans to rip out the current food stalls and replace them with fancy bistros and the like.
Small bus fire in front of 100 Federal St. boston. Fire followed a loud explosion pic.twitter.com/neY0OlJ0NA
â€” NHVT (@nhvt504) July 8, 2015
Around 4:30 p.m., people across the Financial District heard a loud boom. Those who happened to be on Federal Street in front of the Bank of America building, saw flames coming out of the rear tire well of an MBTA bus, followed quickly by the arrival of Boston firefighters, who doused the engine.
After they were done, T inspectors tried to figure out what had happened before the bus was towed away.
Mike Deehan gives us a bird's-eye view of a John Birch Society protest thing in the State House that was ignored by pretty much everybody except him. One of the two organizers was, of course, the JBS's Boston point man, Harold Shurtleff of West Roxbury, who normally devotes his time to ensuring every public bulletin board in West Roxbury and Roslindale has fliers for the society's youth camp.
Bonus fun fact: The society was originally headquartered in our very own Belmont.
Matt Lowe was among those watching the US Women's National Team beat Germany tonight and advance to the final on a large screen on City Hall Plaza.