Commonwealth Avenue

By - 12/8/18 - 11:09 am
Derailed trolley outside Kenmore Square

UPDATE: After 11 hours, the B Line started running again.

A B Line trolley went off the rails as it trudged along just past Kenmore Square. WBZ reports there were no passengers on board at the time, and no injuries.

By - 12/3/18 - 12:59 pm

Sade - Smooth Operator (Official Video)

The Zoning Board of Appeals last week approved a smoothie shop proposed for Commonwealth Avenue, across the main entrance to the Boston College campus. Read more.

By - 11/12/18 - 9:19 am
Wrapped vehicle on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton

A concerned citizen can't wait for Christmas to find out what's under the wrapping on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton:

Is this legal? What is hiding underneath?

By - 10/3/18 - 1:33 pm
Architect's rendering of new BU building - with birds

Architect's rendering with obligatory birds.

Boston University has filed plans with the BPDA for its proposed 19-story data-sciences building, to house the school's computer sciences and mathematics and statistics departments, along with an interdisciplinary center that combines the two.

The building, which would go up on what is now a parking lot on Commonwealth Avenue at Granby Street, was designed to foster fields of study that now permeate pretty much everything the university now teaches, BU says: Read more.

By - 10/1/18 - 3:03 pm
Steve the Squirrel

Maureen O'Hara reports that Steve the Blond Squirrel seems to have said nuts to the Public Garden and moved on down to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Berkeley and Clarendon.

Last year:
Steve in the Public Garden.

By - 9/29/18 - 8:05 pm
Car on the Green Line tracks along Commonwealth Avenue

The MBTA is reporting 15-minute delays on the Green Line to and from BC due to the car on the tracks that Fuad photographed.

By - 9/27/18 - 11:49 pm

The Daily Free Press reports BU has told the BPDA it will file plans for a 19-story data-sciences building on what is now a parking lot on Comm. Ave. at Granby Street.

By - 9/20/18 - 9:20 am

A developer's plans to rebuild the dowdy Algonquin Club at 217 Commonwealth Ave. as a place for rich millennials to unwind hit a snag recently when the Back Bay Architectural Commission ruled a proposed glass-enclosed roof deck just would not do. Read more.

By - 9/16/18 - 1:32 pm
Vandalized bench on Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Damaskin surveyed the damage to one bench on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall this morning.

By - 9/15/18 - 10:55 am
Cars destroyed by tree in Allston

Fuad shows us the aftermath of a tree falling on two cars on Commonwealth Avenue between Griggs and Allston streets, first last night just after it happened and then this morning after the remains of the tree had been hauled away.

By - 9/14/18 - 8:59 pm

Boston Police report a woman walking in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Linden Street between 2:45 and 3:15 a.m. today was forced into an alley by two men - one armed with a knife - and sexually attacked. Read more.

By - 9/2/18 - 8:27 am

UPDATE: Cause was a lit candle.

The Boston Fire Department reports a one-room fire Saturday night at 722 Commonwealth Ave. sent one BU student to the hospital and did an estimated $200,000 in damage. Read more.

By - 8/10/18 - 11:20 am

MassDOT reports replacement of the decrepit parts of the outbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge over the turnpike and Worcester Line is going well enough that it expects Green Line service to be able to resume this afternoon - and the bridge and the neighboring BU Bridge should be fully open to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists tomorrow.

By - 8/5/18 - 8:58 am

MassDOT says the turnpike is back to four lanes on each side under the Commonwealth Avenue bridge, 24 hours earlier than scheduled.

By - 8/3/18 - 2:12 pm

The Board of Appeals this week approved developer Sandy Edgerley's plans to turn the old Algonquin Club at 217 Commonwealth Ave. into a state-of-the-art social club aimed at the sort of well off Millennials who have been finding other ways to occupy their non-work time. Read more.

By - 7/31/18 - 7:44 am
Beam for replacement of Commonwealth Avenue bridge

Harry Grillo watched workers placing the last major beam to hold up the new section of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge last night.

Chris Mullen also took in the work:

By - 7/29/18 - 8:35 pm

Matt Wunderlich watched workers with welding torches disassemble parts of the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge near the BU Bridge today: Read more.

By - 7/28/18 - 11:18 am

BU has a Webcam pointed right at the bridge. It's not a livestream, but it's frequently updated.

H/t Perry Donham.

By - 7/24/18 - 6:23 pm
Sign warning about Commonwealth Avenue work

Apocolypse Nigh: Signboard on I-93 today. Photo by Lori Magno.

State transportation officials are warning people who drive or take the Green Line or bus across Commonwealth Avenue at the BU Bridge or who drive on the turnpike of the apocalyptic hellscape they will face if they failed to schedule their vacations for early August. Read more.

By - 7/21/18 - 10:41 am

Mike Mennonno checks in from his usual Saturday-morning coffee spot - the Caffe Nero on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston, next to the Planned Parenthood clinic, where the scrum of protesters have been allowed into the usual no-protest zone because of ongoing roadwork: Read more.