Kenmore Square

By - 5/28/08 - 1:06 pm

Don't tell my kids, but it turns out I might not be as bright as I've been leading them to believe. For weeks, I've been reading the yellow sign on the right each morning, wondering, "What the hell is 'that sign'?"

Finally, it hit me.


By - 5/8/08 - 3:09 pm

Jason wishes to remind idiot cyclists that traffic lights apply to them as well and that next time, they might not be so lucky.

By - 4/19/08 - 10:59 am

The Herald tells us, but basically: Lots.

By - 2/27/08 - 9:51 am

Brendan downs some newly legalized absinthe at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square:

By - 1/22/08 - 11:58 pm

Riggs expresses admiration for the way a woman managed to get some college girl to stop hogging a pole on the trolley.

By - 1/13/08 - 9:55 am
Where's my pants, dude?

Elisha Boudreau took some photos during yesterday's pantsless T rides.

Caroline Roberts provides a participatory report (she dropped trou):

... One woman had pictures of herself taken with pantsless riders and triumphantly shouted, "I'm putting this on my page!" Another young woman sitting across from pantsless riders who hadn't heard about the event decided that she was going to take her pants off. ...

Thom Dunn reports bringing his bike on the T with no pants on:

... When I was transferring trains at Kenmore, one of the MBTA employees stopped me and wouldn’t let me get on the train-because of my bike. She didn't mention or seem to notice that I wasn't wearing pants. She just kicked me off for my bike. ...

Nick Carlisle reports:

It was fun telling random people that I accidentally left my pants at home. Video shall come soon.

I never thought I'd say this, but props to the MBTA for being so accommodating. The T police were very kind and friendly, and even seemed to be mildly amused at some points. ...

Jack reports:

... It became really awkward on the ride back to Alewife Station on the Red Line when I got separated from my group, and I was the only pantless rider on the train. ...

By - 12/27/07 - 10:26 pm

The Outraged Liberal wonders:

... Why did the MBTA feel the need to place bus shelters on the newly re-opened busway in Kenmore Square? Is it because the $32 million project features a canopy that may (stress may) look nice but is incapable of keeping riders dry when the rain and snow trickles in between the glass plates? ...

By - 11/24/07 - 6:53 pm

Mats Tolander dissects the MBTA's latest explanations for why the Kenmore station reconstruction project is now being delayed even longer.

By - 11/20/07 - 12:10 pm

David Brand, a BU student, recounts an incident early Saturday on Harvard Street that still has him upset - especially since it happened around the same time as Shawn Dow's death above a bloody brawl:

... On Friday night, a group of 3 guys yelled at my friends and I when we passed them on Harvard Street.

"Fags! Hippie fags!"

By - 11/19/07 - 3:10 pm

Tommyvon recalls going to the Rat on its last day, ten years ago:

By - 11/18/07 - 7:49 pm

Mats Tolander discusses the recent closing of Truly Jorg's:

... It's definitely a set-back for the upscale vision of the post-ruffian so-called new Kenmore Square. The main problem for the new square is that is has more or less the same demographics to work with as the old one: Students, Red Sox fans and Lansdowne Street revelers. ...

By - 10/29/07 - 2:45 pm

TS worked the paramedic detail in Kenmore Square last night. He describes the scene:

By - 10/29/07 - 11:08 am

In Kenmore Square last night, of course:

Dave Alpert lives in the Fenway: He reports on trying to get home from Cambridge last night:

... Once I crossed the Mass Ave Bridge, I immediately felt I had enterered a war zone. Police were barring entry to Beacon Street on both sides, and Mass Ave was full of debri and broken glass. There were blue lights and cops in full riot gear on almost every corner until Boylston Street where they'd closed off Mass Ave in front of the Berklee Performance Center. I had to take a left onto Boylston and round the block. I came out on the other side of the BPC and made a left onto Mass. Despite the strong police presence, crazed partiers staggered all down the the middle of the street and popped out from between cars to "high five" my sideview mirror. One kid gently jumped partially across the hood of my car… while it was moving… on Mass Ave… with police everywhere. So, why exactly were the police there? ...

But it got even worse when he approached his street.

By - 10/28/07 - 1:57 pm

Boston Police put Sox fans on notice: Nobody will be let into the area around Fenway Park after the seventh sixth inning tonight:

If you are not already inside an establishment, be it a bar or restaurant, you will not be able to gain access to the area in and around Fenway Park. If you are inside an establishment and choose to exit the establishment in the 6th inning, you will not be able to return.

By - 10/22/07 - 7:01 pm

Roxbury District Court Judge Edward Redd today ordered seven people arrested on charges related to public disturbances after last night's Red Sox game to write five-page essays detailing what they learned from the experience of getting arrested, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The seven were also ordered to provide the court with written verification that their parents are aware that they have been arrested and charged.

Ten other people arrested last night. Six failed to show up in court and now face arrest; the other four had their cases continued for various reasons.

By - 10/22/07 - 12:55 pm

Toxik53 posts video of police on motorcycles clearing the streets in Kenmore Square last night (BPDNews reports on three arrests during this operation):

Also shot: Crowd urging guy on crossing light to jump; Celebrations in Kenmore Square.

Report from the police cordon.

By - 10/20/07 - 11:12 am

By the Minor Thirds: "From Kenmore Square, it's a long commute, but I will take this T clear to Saskatchewan and I will not get off until we reach Saskatoon:"

By - 7/20/07 - 4:49 pm

Mr. Butch's death gets Some Assembly Required to pondering the old, scruffier Kenmore Square:

... The hotel has tried to reference the Square's past by designing its street-level retail space with some stores one flight above the street and some one flight below, but it seems like an empty gesture. Maybe the Square is nicer these days, but it feels a lot less vital, and somehow less real. ...

By - 7/10/07 - 9:14 am

Boston Development discusses the planned 1 Kenmore project, which would mean two towers (one 20 stories, one 17) and three smaller buildings across the turnpike and on what are now parking lots:

... Estimated at around $400 million, the mixed-use development would bring many positives to the surrounding area. Some of the significant benefits are the addition of housing and valuable retail, easier access from Beacon Street to Fenway Park and an overall improvement of the MBTA Yawkey Station. ...

By - 6/15/07 - 8:47 am

You may recall how Mats Tolander and other Kenmore denizens ran into the streets early one recent morning to help a woman getting attacked on Comm. Ave. Tolander reports on a more typical early-morning incident in the Square, which left him just lying in bed: