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By adamg - 9/12/21 - 3:28 pm
As Boston as a cream pie

Shamus Moynihan forwards this photo of a sidewalk billboard on Comm. Ave. in Allston's Packards Corner. Yes, they were obviously thinking of something like this, but the phrase does have another meaning.

By adamg - 8/2/21 - 9:18 pm
Smashed in trolley

The rear of the hit trolley, the next day, after it had been taken to a T yard. Photo by NTSB.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported today that its initial findings from Friday's B Line crash showed that an outbound trolley traveling at 30 m.p.h. plowed into the back of a trolley going just 10 m.p.h. at Pleasant Street. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/21 - 12:16 pm

The National Transportation Safety Board announced this morning it "is investigating the July 30, 2021, collision of two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) light rail trains on MBTA's Green Line near Boston, Massachusetts."

Prediction: The NTSB will issue a report that concludes the MBTA needs to equip the Green Line with a "positive train control system," just like it does after every Green Line collision.

By adamg - 6/25/21 - 11:54 pm

Four workers died and 30 were injured when 2000 Commonwealth Ave., near Chestnut Hill Avenue, collapsed during construction on Jan. 25, 1971. Some photos.

The entire structure was torn down the next year and replaced with the building that still stands today as a BC dorm.

By adamg - 6/23/21 - 10:26 pm
Sandy Edgerley and Matthias Kiehm

'Quin House owner Sandy Edgerley and manager Matthias Kiehm.

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the 'Quin House, a $25-million update of the decaying Algonquin Club at 217 Commonwealth Ave., double its licensed capacity as it nears completion of renovations that include a gym, new restaurants bars and lounges and private guest quarters, all of which, unlike the original 19th century club, will not be limited to Brahmins, but to anybody exciting enough to merit an invitation to join - with enough cash on hand for a membership. Read more.

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By adamg - 6/20/21 - 11:17 pm
New look of Huntington Avenue with new transit and bike ways in one MBTA rendering

Possible next-gen Huntington Avenue, with transit/bike lanes on either side.

MBTA planners tomorrow will discuss potential new designs for the Green Line along between Brigham Circle and Heath Street and along Commonwealth Avenue with the goal to make the two branches more easily accessible to people with mobility issues. Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/21 - 9:09 am

Melissa Sullivan spotted a deer running down Commonwealth Avenue in Allston this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/21 - 8:08 pm
Elm tree across Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay

Photo by Laurie Thomas.

One of the Back Bay's stately elms toppled over onto the outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue just past Massachusetts Avenue this afternoon. No injuries, but one car was hit. Laurie Thomas surveyed the damage and reported around 6 p.m.: Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 2:29 pm
Rendering of new complex

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a two-wing complex with 151 apartments and 102 condos at 1515-1525 Commonwealth Ave., just up the hill from Warren Street. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/21 - 2:24 pm

Boston Police report arresting an Acton man they say responded to a woman's demands that he stop and let her out because he'd been acting strangely by climbing into the back seat with her while she screamed to get people's attention because he'd enabled the child-safety locks so she couldn't get out. Read more.

By adamg - 3/12/21 - 6:31 pm

An Everett man on probation on armed-robbery charges faces new federal charges for a February bank robbery in Allston in which he allegedly used his "big-ass gun" to rob the bank of $5,903.50, steal one customer's car and threaten to shoot another customer's "white ass" if he didn't get in the car with him - which the customer did, but from which he managed to escape after about a block. Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/20 - 9:04 am
Victim's boot

A victim's boot. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports the driver of a small SUV hit two pedestrians at 1270 Commonwealth Ave., inbound just before Harvard Avenue, around 7 p.m. on Monday.

Both were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, one of them with potentially life-threatening injuries.

By adamg - 10/24/20 - 12:02 pm

Mike Fedotowsky of Kensington Investment Co., which owns 28 Exeter St., apologizes for those stenciled chalk ads for the building that were sprayed on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall walkway yesterday, and says a crew is going up the mall today washing them away: Read more.

By adamg - 10/23/20 - 10:56 pm
Stenciled ad for 28 Exeter

Update: Building owner apologizes, sends crew out to wash the ads away.

Way to make an impression with the neighbors: Several disgusted citizens filed 311 complaints today about the gauche way 28 Exeter at Newbury advertised it has flats to rent - by spraying stenciled ads on the sidewalk of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The building went up in 1979, so you'd think the owners would know how their ads would be received in the Back Bay.

By adamg - 9/28/20 - 11:29 pm

The T is reporting both a dead outbound trolley at BU East and a wire problem near BC.

By adamg - 9/14/20 - 5:54 pm
Accident scene

Accident scene. Photo by Live Boston.

Update: WBZ reports the woman died.

Scott Eisen reports on a major elevator incident at 1140 Commonwealth Ave. between Harvard Avenue and Packards Corner:

One person crushed in the elevator shaft another trapped in the car.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 4:26 pm
Firefighters on Commonwealth Avenue roof

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters made quick work of a rooftop fire at 1027-1033 Commonwealth Ave. in Packards Corner shortly after 1:30 p.m.

And then it was time for some major rehydration: Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/20 - 3:06 pm

Erin Larson could only watch in amazement as motorists tried to ford an impromptu lake on Commonwealth Avenue near Chestnut Hill Avenue this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/20 - 2:41 pm

Fat Creeps - Leave Her Alone @ Great Scott Allston 5/10/2012

Great Scott, which has offered live music for four decades at the corner of Commonwealth and Harvard avenues in Allston, announced today it won't be re-opening. Vanyaland reports Great Scott's landlord refused to renew its lease.

By adamg - 4/4/20 - 12:17 pm

Penny Cherubino reports Back Bay denizens are taking advantage of how the trees down the center of Commonwealth Avenue are spaced just right to maintain a proper Boston social distance while having a chat.

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