That license plate on that car on Beacon Hill, parked in front of a handicap ramp. It was cold, so Ryan didn't stick around to see if the driver came back double-fisting iced coffees and wearing cargo shorts with a Sox cap on.
New England Folklore recounts the story of the two elms that flank the Robert Gould Shaw memorial at Beacon and Park streets - planted by John Hancock himself before the Revolution. Turns out the memorial sits on a vault designed to protect the roots of the trees.
A roving UHub photographer watched the sun go down over Storrow Drive, which was still blocked inbound as crews tried to clean up the mineral oil that spilled around 9:30 a.m., along with the transformers carried on a truck whose driver thought his rig would fit under a bridge near Charles Circle, only it didn't.
A driver with a possible reading problem ignored the "CARS ONLY" signs and drove his big rig right into a bridge on Storrow Drive near Charles Circle around 9:30 a.m., spewing fluid from the electrical transformers all over the road and putting a major hurt on a Hyundai that had the misfortune of being in the adjoining lane just as one of the transformers was knocked free by the bridge, which, as always, refused to yield. Read more.
During a truly epic traffic meltdown near MGH today, everything was gridlocked until some homeless guy put down his cup, walked into it, and started quite aggressively managing the traffic, unclogging the intersection. He succeeded. People were waving and thanking him.
The Beacon Hill Times reports on one Beacon Hill resident's plans to turn the now shuttered restaurant on Charles Street into a cafe on the first floor and a bookstore on the second and third floors. Read more.
Trooper blocking access to Storrow inbound at Charles Circle for the motorcade. Photo by Ari Ofsevit.
93 south into the city is gridlocked due to delays caused to the road being shut so that Mike Pence could get from New Hampshire - where he was filing paperwork to ensure his boss is on next year's primary ballot - to a car showing. Read more.
The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a new Dunkin' Donuts at 296 Cambridge St. at the base of Beacon Hill, closing what is now an almost half-mile gap between the Dunkin' Donuts at 106 Cambridge St. and the one at 161 Charles St. Read more.
One aghast Beacon Hill citizen put this sign in his or her Revere Street window to try to get dog owners to keep their pets away from the flowers. But the sign made another Beacon Hill citizen aghast enough to file a 311 complaint about the language used on the sign: Read more.
The Beacon Hill Times reports that the group that bought several dive bars last year is now planning to turn the Beacon Hill Pub into the sort of high-end dining spot the nobs of Beacon Hill have come to expect. They're working with the former owner of Lala Rokh to find a suitable operator - and are also looking to convert the apartments in the building into "executive suites" for business people in Boston for awhile.