As it has done in years past, the Boston City Council voted today to formally ask the state Legislature to let Boston Police patrol the South Boston Waterfront. Although Boston officers respond there in emergencies, legally, State Police have jurisdiction. Read more.
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A man who walked into a Convention Center hotel bar with his shirt covered in a red liquid one February night punched another patron hard enough to knock out one of his teeth and break his nose and the bone around one eye, police say. Read more.
Greg Cook reports the latest in the Nicholas Nixon saga; adds the museum seems to have deleted an online forum about the controversy.
State officials shut the Silver Line tunnel in the waterfront area today after "loose pieces of concrete" fell from the ceiling at the World Trade Center station onto the inbound platform. MassDOT blames "ongoing construction activity on Congress Street" right near the station. Read more.
The developers of the Seaport Square project released renderings of what Amazon's proposed 17-story building would look like at last night's meeting of the Boston Civic Design Commission. Read more.
Gov. Baker and the new head of the State Police, Col. Kerry Gilpin, today announced a series of reforms stemming from all the recent State Police scandals, including the elimination of a State Police troop for just the Massachusetts Turnpike. Also:
WBUR reports the BPDA yesterday approved two measures to reduce taxes on two potential buildings in the Seaport Square complex - a $5-million break on a 17-story tower that would be filled mostly with Amazon offices and a second $5-million tax reduction on a second building next door that might be built for Amazon. Read more.
It's just a parody account for now, but see what life would be like with a gondola that would glide like a cloud over the traffic-choked streets of the Seaport, because obviously spending $100 million on a gondola would
be way sexier make far more sense than using the money to figure out how to expand Silver Line service or just give everybody who works in the area a bicycle.
The new Amazon tower proposed for the Seaport - and a second one that it might have built next to it - would sit on a lot that is prone to flooding and is full of hazardous chemicals left over from its days as a rail yard. Read more.
The Herald reports this is to bolster its existing workforce in the area, and is not tied to the company's search for the city that will give it the biggest tax breaks for its proposed second world headquarters.
Increasing parking-meter fees from $1.25 to $3.75 an hour in the Back Bay last year meant faster turnover of spaces, letting more people use them - and reducing congestion on local roads by helping curb double parking, the mayor's office announced today. Read more.
Developer Joseph Fallon says the city and state have made it financially impossible for him to build a hotel on Fan Pier and so is asking the BPDA to let him build up to 245 new residential units instead. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports state transportation officials are looking at possible routes for a ferry that would shuttle between the downtown/North End side of the Harbor, the South Boston Waterfront and the East Boston/Charlestown side of the briny shallow. The exact routes and stops are still under study.
MassDOT and the freight railroad CSX are battling the owner of a vacant parcel next to a currently dormant rail line behind the South Boston convention center over his proposal to lease out the space for construction companies to park their trucks there. Read more.
As part of its series on racism, the Globe looks at looks at the development of the Whiteport, um, Seaport.
MBTAinfo.com ponders Millennium Partners's proposal to spend $100 million on a gondola along the South Boston waterfront, concludes that if the developer is serious about throwing $100 million at transportation in that overcrowded corner of the city, there are far better ways to spend it - like on dedicated bike lanes or, gasp, figuring out how to make Silver Line buses go faster.
This is the kind of decision which is sometimes called "not even wrong". A wrong decision would be "we thought about what's bad about Seaport transportation, and this is why a gondola would fix it." This not even wrong decision is "We have $100M, and aren't gondolas great!"
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