Downtown

By - 10/2/15 - 4:21 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Downtown Crossing

Signal problems at Park Street are causing "moderate" delays in both directions on the Red Line this afternoon. Or as MikeAtlas, at Downtown Crossing, tags it:

#salmonspawn #cattleherd

By - 10/2/15 - 8:36 am

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 begins:

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.

One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.

And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.

I walked for hours. I looped around the Fenway before snaking back past Symphony Hall and up to Trinity Church. Then I roamed through the Common, scaled the hill with its golden dome, and meandered into that charming labyrinth divided by Hanover Street. By the time I reached the waterfront, a charcoal sky had opened and a drizzle became a shower. That shower soon gave way to a deluge. While the other pedestrians darted for awnings and lobbies, I trudged into the rain. I suppose I thought, or rather hoped, that it might wash away the patina of guilt that had coagulated around my heart. It didn't, of course, so I started back to the apartment.

And then I saw you.

H/t eeka.

By - 10/1/15 - 8:59 am
Bank robber

Boston Police have released photos of a man wanted for a Monday robbery of the Citizens Bank branch at One Financial Center - across Atlantic Avenue from South Station.

He's a white guy in his 30s, 5'8" with a medium build, who wore black sunglasses.

By - 9/30/15 - 10:18 am
Summer Street bridge crash

Mike looked out his window around 10 a.m. to see a two-car smashup on the Summer Street Bridge over Fort Point Channel. No injuries.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:38 am

A concerned citizen who doubles as a Boston parking-enforcement officer posted a photo of a rain-filled pothole on Tremont Street this morning:

HERE IS THE POTHOLE I STEPPED INTO WHILE I WAS GOING TO GIVE A UPS TRUCK A TICKET IN NO STOPPING AT 145 TREMONT ST ALONG WITH THIS PICTURE I'M PUTTING UP 3 PICTURES OF MY RIGHT FOOT SWOLLEN AND BRUISED.

Ed. note: The online 311 system only allows for one photo, so, no, you can't see photos of his/her swollen right foot.

By - 9/30/15 - 7:25 am

The exigencies of another day at work caused a Red Line train to take an eternal rest near Alewife and an Orange Line train to take a ride with the Grim Reaper at Downtown Crossing between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

By - 9/27/15 - 11:42 am
Struggling to get out of Park Street

A concerned citizen complains:

Rotating gate at park street that facilates the exit from inside the subway to the outside. It's extremely hard to push it. Elders and many others will not be able to push it. Needs to be fixed. Citizen here in action!! ;)

By - 9/26/15 - 10:47 pm
Chromeo at Boston Calling

Beth went to Boston Calling and saw Chromeo.

Earlier in the day, Mike Ball took in the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, including a performance by Felix Peikli and the Royal Flush Quintet: Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 11:06 am
Papal motorcade up Boylston Street

Eric Griswold shows us Pope John Paul II's motorcade going down Boylston Street on the way to a mass on the Common in 1979. Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 9:44 am

CommonWealth Magazine reports House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has signed onto the Dukakis/Weld effort to build a tunnel between South and North stations.

Backers say the tunnel would not cost much more than the state's current plans to expand South Station and would provide far more benefits, including reducing the need for tracks at South Station, especially if the Postal Service decides to never move from its facility along Fort Point Channel.

By - 9/23/15 - 8:28 am
T workers protest privatization

Kris Haight watched the Carmen's Union protest on Devonshire Street in advance of a meeting Gov. Baker was scheduled to attend this morning.

By - 9/22/15 - 8:21 am

A trolley that clang, clang, clanged its last this morning is causing grief on the Green Line. At 8:05 a.m., Matt Hrono reported:

Green line is royally bone. Disabled at Kenmore and I'm stuck somewhere between Hynes and Kenmore. Going on 20min now

By - 9/20/15 - 1:18 pm

Katia asks:

Where can I donate books in Boston? Preferably downtown adjacent.

By - 9/19/15 - 8:45 am
Clouds over Boston

Tanya Kutasz shows us the low clouds over Boston this morning.

By - 9/18/15 - 12:02 pm
New mural on the Rose Kennedy Greenway

William Fleurant took a look at the newest Dewey Square mural going up on the Greenway this morning.

By - 9/17/15 - 1:10 pm
Last cement at Millennium Tower going up

Adam Castiglioni watched the ceremonial last bucket of cement for the Millennium Tower rising to the top today.

By - 9/15/15 - 8:26 pm
Rendering of proposed upgrade to Center Plaza

Architect's rendering.

Shorenstein Properties of San Francisco, which owns Center Plaza, has filed plans with the BRA for renovations to the building between City Hall Plaza and the courthouses of Pemberton Square and to add roughly 30,000 square feet of new office and retail space. Read more.

By - 9/15/15 - 3:30 pm

But first, the city is looking for a company that wants to start running events and other features on City Hall Plaza - when it's not being used for Super Bowl rallies, Boston Calling, Donna Summer disco bashes and the like. Read more.

By - 9/13/15 - 12:19 pm
Millennium Tower with tower crane

If you squint at Zinnia's photo, the crane next to the Millennium Tower looks like the world's largest bug.

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