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By adamg - 1/26/22 - 2:36 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to look at creating a public alternative to private broadband providers, saying events of the past couple of years have proved broadband has become a necessity that private business may be unwilling to provide at a price that all residents can afford. Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 1:40 pm

The Belmontonian reports the T is pulling its electric-powered trolley buses on the 73 line out of Harvard Square in March, to be replaced at first by diesel buses and then by battery-powered buses that need small diesel engines to supply heat on colder days.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 1:22 pm
Mejia in her office.

Mejia speaking from her City Hall office after meeting moved from in-person to Zoom.

The City Council was going through its Wednesday routine of discussing matters to be sent to committees for hearings around 1:18 p.m. when Council President Ed Flynn asked people in the audience to put on masks, as required by city ordinance. They refused. Flynn called a 15-minutes recess and asked his fellow councilors to exit the chambers, presumably so City Hall security guards could deal with the covidbreathers.

At 1:48 p.m. or so, councilors switched to Zoom, from their offices, to continue their meeting.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 1:17 pm
Swan on Jamaica Pond

One of the five swans at Jamaica Pond took a moment to ponder life shortly before sundown yesterday.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 12:33 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Western Avenue breakfast place is moving to make room for some new development (life sciences, of course), although it hasn't said where. Collier County, FL, perhaps?

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By adamg - 1/26/22 - 10:44 am

Live Boston reports a vice president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association has resigned and other members are trying to recall the rest of the union's leadership over the way it quietly negotiated a Covid-19 vaccination agreement with the city, unlike the unions representing firefighters and police superior officers and detectives, which have gone to court and out on the street in protest over the upcoming vaccination mandate....

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By adamg - 1/26/22 - 9:52 am
Flipped car on a 128 offramp in Needham

Photo by State Police.

State Police report a driver rolled his or her car at Exit 35C on 128 southbound in Needham this morning. The driver wasn't injured, the ramp had to be shut briefly so the car could be flipped over and towed away.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 9:45 am
Male junco singing in a tree

Mary Ellen spotted a male junco singing his heart out at Millennium Park in West Roxbury yesterday.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 9:18 am

Live Boston reports gunfire - but no victims: Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday on Dorchester Avenue right outside the Ashmont T stop, 10:30 p.m. at Courtland and Greendale roads and 2 a.m. today on Lithgow Street, near Washington Street and Talbot Avenue.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 9:10 am

The Daily Free Press reports on a walkout by social-work students - and some professors.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 9:23 pm

WBZ reports the man's family says the vaccine is against his principles; the hospital says it's not going to waste a valuable heart on somebody with a greater chance of dying after the surgery.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 8:00 pm

A Red Line train gave up the ghost at Andrew. The T reported delays of 20 minutes as the train sat there, moldering, but now that they've brought it out back and service has resumed, delays have increased to 25 minutes.

Olivia Mauricio is one unhappy rider. Very unhappy: Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 1:46 pm
Albany Street rendering.

Rendering by Stack + Co.

The Zoning Board of Appeal, getting a little fed up with nine-unit development proposals that skirt the city minimum for affordable housing, today told a developer who wants to put up a nine-unit building on Albany Street in the South End to try to shrink some of the units so that he can fit in at least one that could be rented or sold as affordable. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 1:14 pm
Taber Street rendering

Rendering by Hresko Associates.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a developer's proposal to replace a laundromat at 16 Taber St. at Harrison Avenue with a six-story condo building. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 12:49 pm
Rendering of 150 Kneeland St.

Rendering by RODE Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a 115-unit condo building at the site of a former nightclub at 150 Kneeland St. that will be "fully electric" and which will mean the development of 20 units of "deeply affordable" apartments on Oxford Street. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 11:26 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Gaetano Mirisola to convert his closed restaurant at 200 L St. at East 8th St. into an apartment. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/22 - 11:05 am
Existing trailers

Trailers that are already green on Condor Street.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved an urban-agripreneur's plans to convert most of the shipping containers on Condor Street in which he now grows lettuce to marijuana grow stations. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/22 - 10:36 pm
Solar-panel enabled noise-barrier wall

Rendering via MassDOT.

MassDOT reports it's negotiated a deal with two solar companies to outfit an existing 3,000-foot stretch of noise-barrier wall along Rte. 128 northbound in Lexington with solar panels as a pilot to see if the walls can be used to generate solar power and reduce the state's carbon footprint. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/22 - 10:07 pm

A chilly Moss Hill resident who has been without heat since at least 4 p.m. reports on the huge hole National Grid now has on Moss Hill Road near Woodland Road: Read more.