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By adamg - 12/13/21 - 4:11 pm

Volunteers of America reports it's re-opened its Hello House, its residential recovery center in a brownstone on Mass. Ave. near Harrison Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 11/17/21 - 1:19 pm

WBZ Newsradio reports Mayor Wu has ended the city program to make people leave Methadone Mile by removing their tents, at least until after an ACLU lawsuit over the practice is resolved. A Suffolk Superior Court judge could decide today whether to grant a temporary restraining order to block the removals while the case is pending.

By adamg - 11/15/21 - 4:42 pm
A Pallet shelter

A Pallet shelter.

The state next month will set up a "temporary cottage community" on the grounds of Shattuck Hospital in Franklin Park to house and care for up to 30 people who now live - or try to live - in tents along Methadone Mile, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders said today. Read more.

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

Mayor-elect Michelle Wu said today she plans to appoint Dr. Monica Bharel, who served as commissioner of the state Department of Public Health as Covid-19 exploded, to serve as the cabinet-level head of the city's efforts to do something about Mass and Cass after Wu takes office on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/21 - 1:55 pm

The ACLU and a private law firm have sued the city of Boston over its current program to remove tents and their occupants from Mass and Cass, saying that despite what Acting Mayor Kim Janey claims, many of the displaced people are not being put in housing or treatment programs and their property seized and destroyed, in violation of their rights against cruel and unusual punishment and for due process. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/21 - 10:11 am
Rendering of proposed Bradston Street building

Rendering by Embarc.

City Realty this week filed its formal plans for an 11-story, $207-million life-sciences building at 17 Bradston St., at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. Read more.

By adamg - 11/3/21 - 4:05 pm
Janey and Wu

Janey and Wu share a moment at press conference.

At a joint press conference with acting Mayor Kim Janey, Mayor Elect Michelle Wu said hiring a Cabinet-level person to deal with the ongoing crisis at Mass and Cass will be one of her top priorities even before her administration starts on Nov. 16. Read more.

By adamg - 11/3/21 - 12:31 pm

The Boston Licensing Board could vote tomorrow whether to allow Total Wine to open a 23,000-square-foot store in the South Bay mall, where the OfficeMax used to be. Read more.

By adamg - 11/1/21 - 9:48 pm

Yeah, about that. GBH reports on today's Not Operation Clean Sweep, including the court appearance of one man whom both the public defender and the Suffolk County assistant DA asked Judge Paul Treseler to send to a treatment program instead of to a jail in Fitchburg:

“Okay,” Treseler responded, denying both requests. “He’s going to Fitchburg.”

By adamg - 10/29/21 - 9:18 am

WBUR reports on a three-hour operation to remove about a dozen tents, part of the city's new ban on public tent living.

By adamg - 10/25/21 - 10:37 am

WBUR takes us inside the Suffolk County jail building that might be used to house Methadone Mile residents who get involuntarily committed if they refuse to move on their own.

"It's more like a college dorm with a breakout room for programming and smaller rooms where people can have individualized counseling," and will have its own courtroom the sheriff says. But unlike a college dorm, occupants will not be able to leave.

By adamg - 10/24/21 - 10:07 pm

Mike Manzoni at NBC Boston posts a copy of one of the signs that started going up yesterday in Newmarket Square advising people living in tents there to move along by 7 a.m. on Monday. Acting Mayor Kim Janey signed an executive order last week outlawing tents - and promising people living in them access to treatment and a place to stay, at least temporarily.

By adamg - 10/19/21 - 12:20 pm
Kim Janey

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today announced an executive order that aims to move people now creating tent cities at Mass and Cass and elsewhere in Boston into treatment and housing.

"To be clear, tents are not appropriate for housing," because they lack basic services and lead to infectious diseases, violence and human trafficking, Janey said at City Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 9/24/21 - 11:54 am

WBZ Newsradio's Karyn Regal spent several hours at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard talking to some of the people who live there.

By adamg - 9/22/21 - 5:14 pm

Yesterday, Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo declared the Boston Public Health Commission a pack of disorganized buffoons trying to foist Boston's Methadone Mile problems on his fair city by sticking some Mass-and-Cass people in a currently unused Quality Inn there - with no prior notice to him.

Today, acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey says Arrigo knew about the plans: Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/21 - 11:10 am

A Mass and Cass regular is charged with fatally stabbing Ugochukwu McDonald Anaele, 29, of Houston, on Atkinson Street on Aug. 23. Read more.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 7:28 pm

Boston Police report arresting two more men - one in New Hampshire - for the stabbing murder of Ricardo Garcia at Massachusetts Avenue and Peirson Street on Aug 8. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/21 - 9:48 pm

Boston Police today identified the man stabbed to death on Atkinson Street on Monday morning as Ugochukwu McDonald Anaele, 29, of Houston, TX.

Anaele was the fifth person stabbed to death in or near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard this year.

By adamg - 8/23/21 - 12:07 pm

Victim identified as Ugochukwu McDonald Anaele, 29, of Houston, TX.

Boston Police report a man was fatally stabbed this morning at 112 Atkinson St., just up from the Southampton Street shelter. Read more.

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