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By adamg - 7/19/21 - 12:59 pm

A New England Law student got a personalized lesson in federal constitutional, contract, sex-discrimination and "standing" law today when a federal judge dismissed his lawsuit that argued his "unconditional scholarship" to the Stuart Street school meant he doesn't have to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 10:57 pm

In a public notice about its impending merger with the parent company of the East Boston Savings Bank, Rockland Trust says it will close current East Boston branches in Allston, Brighton (two branches), Chinatown, Dorchester, Mission Hill, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Brookline and Cambridge (two branches), among others. Read more.

By adamg - 6/12/21 - 11:49 am

Update: Judge dismisses suit.

A student at New England Law says the school's policy that his attendance this fall is conditional on his showing proof of Covid-19 vaccination violates the "unconditional" scholarship he says he was awarded, so he's suing. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 10:29 am

Richard Auffrey tells their story - at first driven by the fact that discrimination meant there were few other jobs available to Chinese immigrants here.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 6:16 pm

The BPDA board agreed today to let developers of a proposed residential and hotel building on Tremont Street in Chinatown eliminate space for the long awaited BPL Chinatown branch because of funding complications caused by Covid-19. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/30/21 - 11:10 am
Teen showing senior how to use one of the alarms

Teen showing seniors how to use one of the alarms. Photo by BPD.

Boston Police report that teens and officers distributed several hundred small alarm devices to senior citizens in Chinatown yesterday because of a growing wave of attacks on Asian-American senior citizens. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/21 - 12:56 pm

WCVB reports a BTD worker who had pulled up to Charles Street South and Stuart Street to write some parking tickets early this morning was injured when somebody jumped into the car and drove off - with the worker's hand initially still in the door. Police caught up with the car, and the Brighton woman who allegedly stole it, on Southampton Street.

By adamg - 5/13/21 - 11:32 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court agreed today that the owners of the Glass Slipper, a Combat Zone holdover on Lagrange Street, made the club a bad place for Blacks to work, but dismissed a state finding that a Black bouncer was fired because of his race, because the man's formal complaint never explicitly said he was fired for that reason. Read more.

By bostonpads - 5/12/21 - 11:47 am
Downtown Boston apartment inventory begins to thaw

The rental supply glut in Downtown Boston has received quite a bit of attention in the past 12 months. The pandemic caused a shift in demand for housing in Boston, and many Downtown neighborhoods went from being the hardest areas to find an apartment to the easiest seemingly overnight.

By adamg - 5/5/21 - 10:19 pm

Service is suspended between North Station and Back Bay, the T reported shortly before 10 p.m.

By adamg - 4/1/21 - 9:20 am

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy announced yesterday it's hired Chris Cook as its new executive director. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 10:27 pm
The new look of Jacob Wirth

Royalty's vision of a cannabis shop where Jacob Wirth is now.

A marijuana entrepreneur tried to convince skeptical Chinatown residents tonight that turning the decaying former Jacob Wirth restaurant into a state-of-the-art cannabis concern would benefit local groups, give jobs to people harmed by the war on drugs and save a national landmark. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/21 - 12:27 am

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England is organizing a vigil for the victims of violence in Atlanta and elsewhere scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. today at the Chinatown Gate.

There will be an opening statement to explain why we are gathering, and any elected officials who attend will also be welcomed to add their own statements should they wish. Following, will be a candlelight vigil with prayers by religious figures in attendance and a moment of silence.

By adamg - 3/26/21 - 4:16 pm

The Boston Office of Neighborhood Services will hold an online meeting next week on a proposal to convert the shuttered Jacob Wirth restaurant on Stuart Street into a cannabis shop. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 9:39 am

A developer has asked the BPDA for permission to change 148 apartments in its building under construction at Lagrange and Tamworth streets to condos. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/21 - 11:14 am

Set some time aside for Cynthia Yee's reminiscences of life as a young girl in Chinatown in 1958, trying to navigate between two different worlds:

I spoke Taishanese, a country dialect from southern China, like a Chinese peasant girl. But I wasn’t. I was a city street urchin from Boston, United States of America. Don’t let my face mislead you. A Boston accent crept into my English, and into my Taishanese, too. I spoke Chinese with a Boston accent.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 5:11 pm

A developer that wanted to replace a defunct Kneeland Street nightclub near South Station with a 230-room hotel asked the BPDA this week to let it build a 115-unit residential building instead, because it couldn't get financing for a hotel in the middle of a pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/21 - 12:21 pm

WBUR reports from a largely deserted Chinatown during the Lunar New Year.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 9:33 am

WBUR spent time inside the Kitchen Cafe on South Street in its final days in the middle of a pandemic.

By adamg - 1/12/21 - 10:03 am
Rendering of proposed hotel on Kneeland Street

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today gave a developer an extra year to start building a 21-story, 230-room hotel at 150 Kneeland St., on a site formerly occupied by a series of nightclubs near South Station. Read more.

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