A group of volunteers trying to show you the importance of clean drinking water will be painting a three-mile-long blue line down Boylston and Newbury streets today. They're promoting the Tap Project, which attempts to bring clean water to folks around the world not fortunate enough to be served by the MWRA, by getting restaurant goers to donate money for UNICEF water projects.
Organizers say the paint is actually based on a chalk compound that will disappear by month's end.
John Ford discusses a Boston Courant article (not online since the Courant quaintly refuses to acknowledge the InterWeb's existence) in which Tom Menino proposes the idea of shutting off car traffic on select days in July and August.
Finance Foodie reports that Cafeteria, the post-hip, ironically named Newbury Street restaurant, serves some really good food and some really bad food:
... The scallops were quite large and well seared, but had a slight hint of freezer burn. Last time I checked Boston was not landlocked, so obtaining fresh seafood should have been easy as pie. ...
Jeff Cutler reports on the phenomenon of new mothers leashing their dogs to their baby's strollers, at least as observed on Newbury Street:
... I'm pretty certain if a life-size Chuck Wagon truck or a wild deer dashed through downtown, these dogs would be galloping across busy streets dragging mothers, infants and strollers through traffic to certain doom.
And if not doom, definitely destruction.
Ablarc discusses (with photos) appropriate scale of buildings along Newbury and Boylston streets.
Vanshnookenraggen calls for a new role for the BRA:
... The BRA used to work along the top-down approach. They were the educated elite and their new plans for the city would fix all its problems. As time has proved over and over this is the wrong way to do things. We need a bottom up approach. But can a massive bureaucracy work bottom-up? I think it can and it has to if we are going to seriously start fixing the problems of the city. ...
Fox in Detox reports on a Malkovich-looking drunk at Joe's American on Newbury who skipped out on his tab - and the bartender who chased him onto the street.
Jenny naively believed the schedule that said a number 1 bus would depart Mass. Ave. and Newbury Street for Harvard Square every 14 minutes.
Naturally, she wound up waiting 42 minutes - and then two of them showed up at once.
No, smartass, it's not moving to New York. But is it time for a Newbury Main Streets program to revitalize the area?
Boston Police report on trouble on Newbury Street:
At about 12:15am, on Monday, October 29, 2007, officers assigned to the Fenway area for the Red Sox World Series game, received a radio call for a large group vandalizing cars along Newbury Street. On arrival, officers observed and counted 16 cars that had been vandalized. Most of the damage consisted of broken or ripped off side view mirrors, broken windows and damaged windshield wipers.
Our Dumb Criminals make their triumphant return: The Globe reports a Southie dude was arrested on Newbury Street today: He's charged with possession of a Mercedes stolen in Stoneham, which he allegedly used to take a friend of the female persuasion for a cruise down Newbury Street, unaware that police would be following the LoJack alarm and arrest him as he stepped out of the Nike store - in front of which he'd double-parked while picking up some new footwear, phew.
According to well placed sources, The Women is using Newbury Street as a stand-in for New York in at least one scene. Spies on the set reported seeing period New York City cabs on the street.
Ed. note: OK, I don't have a future in celebrity journalism.
Doppiavu photographs some guy who set up an easel to paint a Newbury Street building - right in the middle of a crosswalk.
Riggs discusses a Back Bay vagrant who likes to yell a lot:
... On my walk to the T tonight, I saw him at the corner of Newbury and Hereford throwing trash into the air, swearing the entire time.
And, by into the air, I mean way UP in the air. It was like the Swedish Chef tossing chickens around. ...
Bostonia Rantida lets loose on the young women of Newbury Street:
... I'm tired of idiot girls in giant sunglasses, unnecessary leggings, and giant name brand purses (what do you call them here? pocketbooks?)/shopping bags on their arms walking around like retards who can't seem to get the fuck out of the way for oncoming pedestrian traffic. ...
Josh Ourisman somehow survived a trip on the CT1 bus from Central Square to Mass. Ave. and Newbury today:
Jeffrey is so aghast at the typographic crime at StEphanie's that he is forced to take photos to document it.