John Summers takes a long, critical look at what the whole "innovation economy" thing is doing to the rest of the city - and nearby locales, such as Allston.
Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is miffed that changes to Google buildings in Kendall Square have dramatically strayed from the designs board members had earlier approved.
Born said Wednesday that designs for the two-story connector building have "strayed further from the initial rendering that the council and CRA approved every time we’ve seen it," with a grand staircase shrinking to a "piddly" size and the latest design including walls she deemed a “revolting mustard" color.
Galen Moore asks:
Anyone know why the north bank of the Charles won't freeze between the Longfellow and the Museum of Science? It's creepy.
The Belly Wine Bar in Kendall Square will have its TVs tuned to something other than football tonight.
Ugh Disabled southbound Red Line train at Kendall causing northbound delays too. Here we sit.
UPDATE: Service came back on shortly after 4 p.m.
Matt Robbins reports:
Verizon data conduit damaged last night at 800 Boylston. Major outage for downtown Boston
800 Boylston is the Prudential Center. One frustrated network administrator says the outage is going on 15+ hours:
Affecting hundreds of companies in Boston and Cambridge. Worst outage I've seen in 7 years of working in Kendall.
Good thing I still have 10,000 hours on AOL!
Outbound at Kendall, just as rush hour was ending.
MIT is reporting a gas leak at Building 48, Main and Albany streets this morning.
Stephanie E reports:
All of Kendall smells... I'm on a bus and it's overpowering.
Greg Cook took lots of photos at the annual Cambridge Carnival International parade from Central Square to Kendall Square today.
Cambridge Police report they are looking for this guy for a bank holdup in Kendall Square last Thursday afternoon.
Police say he gave a teller a note, then fled into Kendall Square after getting some money.
There's been an outbreak of young folks sipping their iced coffee from Mason and pickle jars as they ride the Green and Red lines.
Matt Aromando tweets from the Green Line:
This is the most Allston thing I've seen in a while.
Hipster with pickle jar full of iced coffee spotted on MBTA at Kenmore. Not just an allston phenomena.
The folks at Prompt Boston looked out the windows of their 14th-floor offices in Kendall Square this afternoon to spot "one brave man swimming the Charles River."
Happened around 11:10 a.m. at 5 Cambridge Center, AlertNewEngland reports.
Robert Love, who took the photo, reports:
Leak so big, it sounded like a fire hose.
UPDATES: NStar got the gas turned off around 11:40 a.m. Robert Love reported at 12:40 that the streets were re-opened and that people were being let back into their offices - except 3-5 Cambridge Center.