The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports on ongoing discussions between city and state elected officials, Massport and the BPDA over the fate of land on the Little Mystic that the then BRA rented to Massport for $1 for a 40-year period for use as the Boston Autoport, which started out as a place to receive cars being shipped to local dealers, but which now has office space for rent as well. Massport's lease on the land runs out next year.
In 1892, a state commission developed a series of plans to deal with the complete gridlock that downtown Boston had become. It proposed banning vehicles not making deliveries from downtown streets during business hours, reducing the number of grade crossings for the numerous railroad serving Boston, constructing a trolley tunnel under Tremont Street and the Common, and creating a 13.4-mile elevated rapid-transit system serving downtown and nearby neighborhoods and suburbs. Read more.
The Coast Guard, the state Department of Environmental Protection and a private oil-spill company are cleaning up an oil spill on the Mystic River near the Alford Street bridge even as they try to figure out which underwater cable it's leaking from.
The Coast Guard was scheduled to send divers into the water today to try to find the source of the dielectric oil, used as an insulator in electrical conduits.
Bacon, bacon, bacon. You thought the bacon craze was finally over? Bacon, bacon, bacon. It's not. On Saturday, the Bacon Truck, which has long rolled around Boston serving up bacon, opens its first permanent baconry, at 50 Terminal St. in Bacontown. Bacon, bacon, bacon.
Ed. question: Why didn't they open it on Harvard Avenue in Allston, specifically, in this building?
Biker Rider watched shiny new Orange Line cars gliding through Sullivan Square this morning on the express track rebuilt just for testing out the new cars. No passengers were allowed on, of course, not while they undergo several months of testing.
A judge today ordered Jerry Pierre-Louis, 18, to stay away from Bunker Hill Community College, where he is charged with stabbing somebody in the hand yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
The MBTA just announced it will be running shuttle buses between Sullivan Square and North Station this weekend due to the need for "emergency station repairs" at the Community College Orange Line stop.
Boston Police report a man who'd broken into an Old Ironsides Way apartment around 4 a.m. today began to "indecently assault" a woman, who woke up and began screaming, which brought her apartment mates who scared him away.
Police say the man, described as black, 25 to 30 and 5'5" to 5'8" in height, wore gray sweatpants with a dark-gray rear pocket.
The MBTA reports "minor" delays on the Orange Line left over from when an inbound train got to Sullivan Square and declared that was the end of its line.
The MBTA reports "moderate" delays on the Orange Line due to a troublesome trackside cable at Community College that started spitting sparks. The Boston Fire Department took a look, declared an all out, but not until trains were held up and down the line.
Garry Waldeck spotted this space saver on Albion Place in Charlestown, notes:
But dude, you didn’t even clear the spot.
Boston Magazine reports the people behind a bacon food truck are opening a bacon restaurant in Charlestown, possibly as early as February.
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