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By adamg - 11/16/23 - 9:22 am
Protesters calling for a ceasefire in Gaza on the Cambridge side of the bridge

Protesters block bridge in Cambridge. Photo via Cambridge PD.

Protesters with signs calling for an end to the Israeli invasion following the Hamas massacre of Israelis blocked both sides of the BU Bridge this morning.

Cambridge Police alerted motorists to "please find an alternate route to avoid delays."

By adamg - 10/24/23 - 9:38 am

Bikeyface, who, as her name suggests, rides a bike, reports on her commute across the Charles this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 10/10/23 - 10:52 am
Truck doing the backup of shame on Memorial Drive under signs telling truck drivers to exit

Spinorama captured the scene on Memorial Drive this morning. The one saving grace, at least for the driver, if not storrowing fans, is that he was able to do a backup of shame rather than watch as a crew drags off what remains of his mangled, newly roofless truck.

Compare to this classic Far Side cartoon.

By adamg - 8/29/23 - 9:44 am
New bright-yellow CARS ONLY sign being installed at Storrow Drive entrance

Photo of new signs going up by DCR.

DCR announced yesterday it's replacing the dark CARS ONLY signs at ramps to Storrow Drive, Soldiers Field Road and Memorial Drive with glaring yellow in-your-face CARS ONLY signs. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/23 - 2:19 pm
MassDCR says please don't hit our bridges

DCR is out with an online ad spot that urges newcomers to Boston to keep their rental trucks off the river roads - set to just the sort of plaintive music you'd expect on a late-night ASPCA ad:

For just zero dollars a day you can not hit a bridge or overpass on Storrow Drive and and Soldiers Field Road in Boston and Memorial Drive in Cambridge. ... The bridges, and the trucks, will thank you.

By adamg - 4/4/23 - 3:36 pm

StreetsblogMass reports on yesterday's announcement by DCR that, despite a plea from the Cambridge City Council, this year it will only shut Memorial Drive to cars on Sundays, rather than for the entire weekend as it did back in the days when everybody cared about Covid-19 and fresh air and stuff.

By adamg - 9/15/22 - 9:06 am
Eggs on Memorial Drive after storrowing

Eggs over easy on Memorial Drive this morning

Duke Nukem for a Limited Time Only got a great view of the results of an 18-wheeler driver trying to get to the Trader Joe's on Memorial Drive this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 8/28/22 - 3:25 pm
Oscar Meyer Wienermobile in Cambridge

Aegon Targaryen VI relished seeing the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile today, but wonders why it was parked behind the Micro Center on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

By adamg - 6/11/22 - 10:26 am
Strorrowed truck in Cambridge

Roving UHub photographer Wiley Cox spotted a freshly storrowed truck sitting outside Micro Center on Memorial Drive in Cambridge this morning. He reports it's the first Mem Drive storrowing he's ever seen, so a round of applause.

By adamg - 5/27/22 - 8:00 am

The Harvard Crimson provides an overview of the growing brouhaha over whether Cambridge should rescind the pandemic-inspired Saturday shutdowns of its river road. On the one hand: Bicyclists and others who appreciate the addition to the long-standing seasonal Sunday shutdown. On the other hand: Nearby residents who say they are trapped in their homes by drivers diverted from the road.

By adamg - 12/10/21 - 11:57 am
Wanted as porch pirate

Cambridge Police have released surveillance video of a man breaking into a Memorial Drive apartment building and making off with packages while wearing a purple bathrobe - after first trying to figure out how to use a traffic cone to prop open a door with just one hand since he was clutching a ciggie in the other. Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/21 - 9:11 am

WBZ reports on the watery crash around 6:30 a.m. Driver hauled out in better shape - by a passing crew team - than the car, which may have first hit a pickup before smashing into the river. Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/21 - 10:36 am

NBC Boston shows us what happens when a guy driving an oyster truck from Martha's Vineyard storrows on Memorial Drive at Mass. Ave. Compare to yesterday's Man from Nantucket storrowing and decide who did it better. And who can come up with a suitable limerick for our latest best Islands storrower?

By adamg - 6/3/21 - 9:10 am
People sleeping outside the Cambridge Micro Center

Shortly before 8 a.m., Carol Beggy spotted at least 60 people - and one dog - lined up outside the Cambridge Micro Center, waiting so they could rush in and snap up $600 graphics cards. Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/21 - 10:59 am
Wanted for dognapping

Cambridge Police are crediting a Channel 7 reporter for the safe return of Titus the Pointer - and the arrest of his alleged dognapper - today, after the guy decided to go walkies with the dog right past the parking lot where he'd allegedly taken him yesterday, and where the reporter was getting ready to do a report on the case. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/21 - 10:35 pm

State Police reported at 10:11 p.m. that Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Flagg Street was shut as investigators processed the scene.

By adamg - 4/23/21 - 9:45 pm
Sun coming through the Shell sign on Memorial Drive at sunset

Matt Frank captured the setting sun through the lens of the Shell sign on Memorial Drive this evening.

By adamg - 4/1/21 - 10:03 am

DCR announces that the traditional weekend banning of the cars on Memorial Drive in the Harvard Square area will start April 10 and run through Nov. 28: No cars allowed between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

By adamg - 3/22/21 - 11:20 am
Wedged truck

Truck with a wedgie on Mem Drive. Photo by Karson Tager.

State Police report the driver of an "over height" truck wedged his vehicle good and tight under the Mass. Ave. Bridge on Memorial Drive around 11 a.m. "A heavy duty tow is responding," they say. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:45 pm
Shell sign in Cambridge

Jonathan spent some time by the Shell sign on Memorial Drive in Cambridge last night.

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