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By adamg - 8/17/19 - 6:43 pm

The BPDA board on Thursday approved plans for a two-building complex along Mass Ave. across atop the turnpike and what is now the Mass Ave. turnpike entrance. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/19 - 12:06 pm
Alexandra rendering

Architect's rendering. Not shown: Large blank wall that will face Roxbury.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans to refashion the historic but dilapidated Hotel Alexandra at Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street into a 156-room, 13-floor hotel with ground-floor and roof-deck restaurants. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/19 - 9:25 am
Architect's rendering of new 566 Columbus Ave.

Architect's rendering.

New Boston Ventures has filed plans with the BPDA to replace the Harriet Tubman House on Columbus Avenue at Massachusetts Avenue with a six-story condo building that would feature a "social enterprise cafe" and space for programs run by the United South End Settlements - which is selling the site to the developers and plans to use the proceeds to renovate its other building on Rutland Street and to support its community programs. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/19 - 9:14 am
Geese crossing in a crosswalk on Memorial Drive in Cambridge

Derek Lessing watched some careful geese cross Mass Ave. at Memorial Drive in Cambridge this morning.

By adamg - 6/13/19 - 10:33 pm

Boston Police report arresting two people around 4 a.m. in connection with gunfire at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue - a woman they say fired a gun more than once down Mass. Ave. in the general direction of the Southeast Expressway and a man they say tried to cover for her even as he was packing a loaded gun. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 9:54 am
Truck blocking major intersection of Huntington Ave. and Massachusetts Ave. with sign that tells people they can find out what punishment by transportation means

In Boston, "punishment by transportation" really means having a green light at the intersection of Huntington Avenue and Mass. Ave., only you can't go, because the driver of a truck whose side promises an answer to the question of what "punishment by transportation" means went into the intersection even though he couldn't get through it and then got stuck, blocking traffic, as Phil Winley shows us.

By adamg - 5/17/19 - 11:45 am

Cambridge Police did what they had to do and did not use excessive force to subdue a naked, black Harvard student standing on a Massachusetts Avenue traffic island screaming and making what appeared to be threatening motions on April 13 of last year, retired Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland concludes. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/19 - 8:12 am
Red cups in Newton

Red cups in Newton. Photo by Bike Newton.

Bicycle activists placed red cups along bike lanes this morning to honor Dave Salovesh, a Washington, DC bicyclist who died this week when a man in a stolen mini-van ran a red light and hit him.

Peter Cheung reports he placed a string of the cups along Mass. Ave. southbound past Melnea Cass Boulevard, because it heads into Dorchester, which he says is way underserved when it comes to bike lanes: Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/19 - 11:17 pm
Flaming car on Columbus Avenue

Ryan Hatcher was across the intersection from New York Pizza tonight when a car parked on Columbus Avenue burst into flames. He reports: Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/19 - 2:01 pm

Transit Police report arresting Richard Bridgeman, 53, on a charge of malicious destruction of property on account of how they say he hurled a brick at a T bus on Mass. Ave. near Shawumut Avenue around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, shattering the windshield. Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/19 - 6:23 pm

A train with "a mechanical problem" at Massachusetts Avenue caused 20-minute delays on the Orange Line during rush hour, the MBTA reports.

By adamg - 3/29/19 - 10:24 am
View from proposed park over the turnpike at Massachusetts Avenue

Newbury Street shoppers could one day stroll to a park and sip coffee as they watch the sun set over the roaring traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike, under a proposal unveiled this week by Samuels and Associates, which wants to make an overhanging park part of its mixed-use complex along Massachusetts Avenue across from Newbury Street. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/19 - 9:24 am
Rod needs to be tamped down on Massachusetts Avenue

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about this strip of metal on Mass. Ave.:

I took a terrible fall on Friday evening, tripping on this metal rail. I think it should be attended to, at least bent down. There's a lot of people around there for the Symphony.

By adamg - 3/13/19 - 1:53 pm
Old Hotel Alexandra

Hotel building, with outline of former companion building, torn down before it fell down. Photo by Rosabri Mejia.

A City Council committee will hold a hearing on a proposal by Councilor Althea Garrison (at large) to urge the BPDA to quash developers' plans to renovate the crumbling eyesore of the former Alexandra Hotel on Washington Street at Massachusetts Avenue by building a 13-story boutique hotel inside a renovated facade.

Unusual for a hearing request, however, no other councilors had their names added as co-sponsors. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/19 - 4:28 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting a Brookline man they say drove on the sidewalk in front of the Lafayette Square fire house on Mass. Ave. at "an extremely high rate" of speed before he got back in the road in time to run the red light at Mass. Ave. and Sidney Street, shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday. Read more.

By adamg - 2/3/19 - 1:24 pm

Boston Police report officers who pulled four teens out of a car on Mass. Ave. in Newmarket Square early this morning because a license check showed it to be stolen added gun and drug charges after finding a loaded gun and "a large plastic bag" filled with smaller bags of crack. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/19 - 12:02 am

Around 9:30 p.m., an Orange Line train pulled out of Ruggles on its way downtown. Only a rider, for whatever reasons, had her arm partially stuck outside one set of doors as the train began to move. When the driver didn't seem to respond to the intercom, a rider pulled the emergency brake. Read more.

By adamg - 1/7/19 - 6:09 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting a Gloucester man after, they say, he sped down Massachusetts Avenue, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree at Vassar Street around 3 a.m. on Sunday. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/18 - 10:02 pm

Up until now, the T has been testing that one new Orange Line train on that weird third track north of Boston, but look at this photo from the T's Joe Pesaturo tonight. Could we actually see it in operation as promised by the end of the year? Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/18 - 9:53 am
Proposed rehab, expansion of Alexandria Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue

The new owners of the shambling Alexandra Hotel on Washington Street at Mass. Ave. have filed their detailed plans to build a 150-room hotel on the site. Read more.

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