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By adamg - 3/12/24 - 9:55 am

The MBTA is blaming a faulty trolley for Saturday morning's derailment on the outbound B Line, rather than the track and other work that was completed just the day before: Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/24 - 11:40 am

The MBTA switched back to bustitution between Copley and Babcock Street on the B Line this morning after a trolley derailed near Kenmore Square shortly before 9 a.m. Also:

Cleveland Circle and Riverside trains will terminate at Kenmore. Westbound service will be rerouted to the E Branch at Copley. Riders can also use local bus route 57 for service between Babcock St and Copley.

By adamg - 3/8/24 - 3:37 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the impending end of Pescador, which replaced Island Creek Oyster Bar in the Hotel Commonwealth. No word yet if it will be replaced by a seafood place.

By adamg - 2/19/24 - 9:02 pm
Inside a Green Line trolley with no lights on

Michael A. Burstein reports he was on an inbound C Line trolley this afternoon when it dipped into the tunnel between St. Mary's and Kenmore and suddenly the lights went off and all the riders were plunged into a nightmarish world where they had to outgun all the other riders - and a series of underworld wraiths, each worse than the one before. OK, OK, the driver rebooted the train, the regular lights came back on and the rest of the journey proved uneventful.

By adamg - 11/28/23 - 11:54 am
Traffic heading into Kenmore Square on Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street in 1946

Jam and cram in front of the Hotel Buckminster. See it larger.

Richard Merrill photographed traffic heading into Kenmore Square on Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street past the Hotel Buckminster in March, 1946.

Roughly the same view via Google Maps in November, 2022: Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/23 - 5:44 pm

Hey, remember back in the day when the Green Line kept having embarrassing pantograph problems, and the T said in one case it was because the line was too new and in other cases it was because the lines were too old? And then the T promised it was doing stuff to fix the problems?

Yeah, good times. The T reports it's running shuttle buses instead of trolleys along the C and D lines because of a new pantograph problem at Kenmore Square.

By adamg - 10/25/23 - 9:48 pm
Suspects in two sexual assaults

Northeastern (l) and Simmons suspects.

Boston and Simmons University Police report two sexual assaults on women near the Simmons and Northeastern campuses in recent days, while Boston University Police report making an arrest for two sexual assaults along their campus yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 10/13/23 - 12:15 pm

Allie Hahn reports from an inbound Green Line trolley in one of the tunnels just before Kenmore: Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/23 - 9:29 am

WBUR takes a look at the highway that unites Kenmore Square and Newport, OR, 3,365 miles away - and reports that Tom Tinlin, the former Boston and then state highway czar who got the highway marker installed in Kenmore Square, is thinking of doing a road trip along the entire highway, the longest in the US.

By adamg - 8/8/23 - 12:11 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans to replace a former Qdoba with a 16-seat Starbucks at 540 Commonwealth Ave., across from the former Buckminster Hotel in Kenmore Square. Read more.

By adamg - 7/11/23 - 9:09 am

The Boston Transportation Department has decided this is the year of the 39 and 57 buses - and has launched studies to see how to improve their routes to get people to and fro faster - and let them "wait comfortably at their bus stops and board the bus safely." Read more.

By adamg - 6/27/23 - 8:01 am
Honda CRV into the back of an MBTA bus

Photo by TPD.

Transit Police report that at 5:30 this morning, somebody in a Honda SUV drove into the back of an MBTA bus outside Kenmore station. The driver then ran away, police say, adding what was left of his or her SUV was towed away. The bus was driven away.

By adamg - 6/18/23 - 6:47 pm

A dead trolley at Hynes means outbound Green Line service is facing at least 20 minute delays, just as people are relying on the Green Line to get to Kenmore for the Sox/Yankees game. Or as Michelle Greenberg reports:

Stuck on green line trying to get to Fenway. Train lost power all green line shut down

By adamg - 4/20/23 - 12:37 pm
Coal shute on Beacon Street near Charlesgate

Not the missing coal-chute in question; this one is on Beacon Street on the other side of Charlesgate.

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint this morning about a missing manhole cover outside 470 Commonwealth Ave. in Kenmore Square. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/23 - 9:30 pm
Old photo of Hotel Buckminster in 1900

Hotel Buckminster in 1900, three years after it went up in what would become Kenmore Square. From BPL.

A developer says it will soon file plans to gut Kenmore Square's Hotel Buckminster and turn it into a part of a new life-sciences building next door to the life-sciences-focused Fenway Center complex it's already building. Read more

By adamg - 12/2/22 - 9:58 am

More than 170 Boston University student groups have asked the school to rename Myles Standish Hall as Wituwamat Memorial Hall in honor of one of the indigenous leaders Myles Standish massacred in what is now Weymouth in 1623 after inviting them to "a peaceful summit." The university has no connections to Standish; it kept the name after it bought the Myles Standish Hotel in 1949.

By adamg - 9/11/22 - 9:51 pm

We saw it on July 21, when flames started going up the side of that Orange Line train And we saw it again today, not during the rapid-fire roof-top flash bangs on a B trolley at Park Street, but afterwards, when the T swapped in shuttle buses. Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/22 - 6:58 pm
Passengers walking narrow Green Line space to Hynes

Riders turned track walkers near Hynes.

The Green Line suffered a "power problem" near Kenmore and now it's rolled out the buses between Kenmore and Government Center. This was no mere inconvenience, though, as Jeremy DaCruz shows us, passengers had to get off the train with the "problem" and walk the narrow space between the trolley and the wall to stations, in his case, Hynes. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 9:42 am

Footage of The Rat and Pizza Pad in 1985 (We Don't Knock clip)

James Harold, 79, of Medford, was owner of the Rat in Kenmore Square, in the pre-BU, pre-hotel era, when Mr. Butch held court and Deli Haus served breakfast late into the night. He died Sunday at 79.

Let's Go to the Rat - a documentary.

By adamg - 7/30/22 - 4:55 pm
Squashed Ryder box truck in Kenmore Square

Greg Moseley took some pictures this afternoon of a Ryder box truck just sitting on Beacon Street in Kenmore Square around 4:15 p.m., looking suspiciously like it was freshly storrowed. What else could cause that sort of damage in that area? Read more.

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