JB Parrett enjoyed the sunset over the Longfellow, the Charles and Kendall Square this evening.
Two separate natural-gas incidents sent Cambridge firefighters scrambling along Mass. Ave., from Albany Street to Brookline Street.
Around 11:30 p.m., a gas main began leaking at Albany Street, possibly because a construction crew hit it. Then, around the same time, firefighters had to evacuate 8 Brookline St., several blocks away, due to high gas readings.
Cambridge Day reports what it knows about possible reuse of the 14-acre Volpe Transportation Center parcel in Kendall Square, which could include zoning for buildings up to 300 feet high. But both the federal government, which owns the land, and city planners, have turned very shy.
Cambridge Police report seven break-ins at two Kendall Square garages - one on Broadway, one at Cambridge Center - since Oct. 29.
In four of the break-ins, the thief or thieves made off with laptops or tablets. In six of the cases, car windows were smashed in.
The break-ins are happening on Wednesdays and Thursday, typically between 4 and 8 p.m. Police released a photo of the suspect in the Broadway break-ins.
Police say people should never leave valuables in their cars.
This is not an architect's rendering of some new development. JB Parrett reports:
Kendall Square at lunch. Beautiful but everyone is inside.
So there's a defunct train at Charles/MGH. Or maybe it's the train that was offloaded at Kendall. Whatevs, the Red Line is a hot rush-hour mess this evening.
UPDATE: By 6:12, trains were slowly running again, but the problem was they were running so full that people on platforms couldn't get in, given that we don't have any of those Tokyo pushers around here, as Stephanie B. and "A very grateful pedestrian" show us:
JB Parrett took in the Caribbean Festival in Cambridge today.
Saul Blum captured the rainbow in Kendall Square around 4:40 p.m. No word if he found the leprechaun with gold at the end.
A Red Line train heading towards Alewife took note of the time and decided rush hour was as good as any to up and die.
With nothing else to do, Jeremy Newman composed an Ode to the MBTA:
Crowded, stuffy, rates-a-hikin;
Bodies crammed; often late.
Sweat-a-drippin, whats that smell?
Cruel twist of public fate.
Kris Kream was more prosaic:
Shortly after 9 a.m., inbound Red Line service was halted so that EMTs could take a sick passenger off a train at Kendall. But service was delayed even before that due to another passenger who decided the best way to get help was to pull the emergency brake - while the train was still in the tunnel between Central and Kendall. A passenger on the train reports via e-mail:
Some idiot pulled the emergency brake in response. Conductor was not happy about that. We were stuck between Central and Kendall for about 8 minutes.
Julio Salado watched the sun come up over Kendall Square this morning:
Unmerited gift to practice Tai Chi Chuan on the Charles River docks to the rhythm of the universe.
JB Parrett noticed this ped sign in Kendall Square.
Cambridge Day reports:
A marketplace made of cheap, repurposed shipping containers could be on the way to Kendall Square, enlivening the Cambridge Redevelopment Authorityâ€™s tiny so-called Parcel 6 until a bigger, more permanent plan comes along.
ElmerCat reports coming on a pleasant surprise yesterday in the normally dreary First Street tunnel under the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge: A trophy case:
Mostly bowling and tennis trophies, sitting on angle irons reinforcing a crack in the foundation wall. Coming upon this sparkling trophy collection in the normally gloomy tunnel was a delightful surprise!
Ari Ofsevit spotted poor Slyde, the Revolution mascot, waiting for a CT2 bus in Kendall Square this afternoon.
JB Parrett watched the clouds come in over the Charles in advance of the rain forecast for tomorrow.
Cambridge Day reports the city has given the movie house permission to screen films until 2:30 a.m., Fridays through Sundays; owners cite later T service hours for the potential new market.
Ed. note: I'm still not 100% convinced this is not a left-over April Fool's joke. But I learned about it through an ad in my Facebook news feed last night, and who actually spends money on a prank?
Bridj says it's getting up to launch an alternative to the T that will feature limo buses with plush seats, "an attendant who can provide you with a curated selection of snacks and beverages" and fees you might be able to deduct from your taxes.