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By adamg - 10/19/21 - 10:52 am
Rendeirng of proposed building at Boylston and Arlington

Bird's eye rendering by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today gave the Druker Co. until December of 2023 to begin actual construction of a nine-story building at the corner of Boylston and Arlington streets, more than 12 years after it first filed for permission. Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/21 - 9:37 pm
Mother Church and Reflecting Pool

Matthew Ireland captured the scene at the Christian Science Center Reflecting Pool and the Mother Church the other evening.

By adamg - 10/12/21 - 11:06 pm
Anderson and Owens

Anderson and Owens in Zoomed forum.

In a forum for District 7 (Roxbury, South End, Back Bay) council candidates tonight, Tania Fernandes Anderson said she would work to increase affordable housing in the district by boosting the minimum number of "affordable" units developers have to provide - from the current 13% to at least 33% - and by making such units actually more affordable by changing the formula the city uses to determine what's affordable to only include the median income in Boston, not richer surrounding communities. Read more.

By adamg - 10/12/21 - 10:14 am
Fog breaks up over Back Bay

Ryan spotted the Pru and 1 Dalton emerging from the fog this morning.

By adamg - 10/10/21 - 3:19 pm
Bumper sticker: I survived Storrow Drive!

Bumper sticker in the field, on an actual bumper.

I got a bunch of these stickers printed as one way to thank folks who have graciously sent in contributions or even subscribed to UHub, because, really, we all share a love of a good storrowing, as long as it doesn't involve us. If you'd like one (or a more traditional Universal Hub sticker, which looks just like the logo up above, only larger and glossier and sticky on the back), here's how.
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By adamg - 10/7/21 - 11:56 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the right of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to drop charges against several people who had been arrested while protesting one of those marches right wingers liked to hold in Boston during the ancien regime of the former president. Read more.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 11:24 am

The re-birth of the historic Jacob Wirth German restaurant on Stuart Street might coincide with end of the historic Marliave French and Italian restaurant at Bosworth and Province streets. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/21 - 10:44 am

A Louisiana family who lost almost everything in Hurricane Ida who came up here to watch the Saints play the Patriots on Sunday got off a train after the game at Back Bay were on that escalator that suddenly went into reverse, throwing them down and mangling them - they claim in a suit against the MBTA and the company contracted with maintaining the device. Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/21 - 9:41 pm

WBZ reports the latest on the up escalator that suddenly reversed direction at Back Bay yesterday, sending nine people to the hospital (story has graphic details on what happened to one little girl and her mother).

By adamg - 9/26/21 - 6:26 pm

Boston EMS reports nine people had to be taken to local hospitals after an up escalator at Back Bay reversed and began going down, around 6 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 9/10/21 - 2:29 pm

A company that wants to open a marijuana mart on Newbury Street between Gloucester and Hereford this week sued the Zoning Board of Appeal over its decision to deny its request for permission within steps of two other cannabis concerns also proposed for the area. Read more.

By adamg - 9/9/21 - 9:08 am

WHDH reports that sometime overnight, somebody knocked over many of the 2,997 American flags volunteers had put in the ground in the Public Garden as a remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11.

By adamg - 9/8/21 - 11:28 pm
Large first-responder on Massachusetts Avenue Bridge

The Boston-bound side of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge was shut this evening after a man jumped off and first responders rushed to the scene, as MC shows us. State troopers were able to rescue him from the water and hand him over to EMTs for transportation to a local hospital.

By adamg - 9/8/21 - 11:58 am

Monday was the last day of coronavirus-related parking without payment for residents with parking stickers at meters in their own neighborhoods: BTD workers are once again ticketing even the be-stickered who don't feed a meter or who stay at a metered space for more than two hours.

By adamg - 9/2/21 - 9:27 am
Maps showing where raw sewage flowed into the Charles, Mystic and harbor.

Brown indicates raw sewage, blue means treated sewage, green means no sewage released.

The MWRA and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission are reporting that "combined sewer outfalls" dumped raw and treated sewage, along with lots of rainwater, into area waterways overnight because of all the rain - but that the flow means people didn't have to worry about sewage backing up into their homes and businesses. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 7:10 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports that around 3:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a car fire on the turnpike in the Pru tunnel - which sent smoke into the first floor of Copley Place - and found the flaming car and two separate crashes, one involving six cars, the other two cars.

By adamg - 8/28/21 - 12:37 pm

The owner of the former Tannery and Tannery Outlet on Boylston Street this week admitted he systematically barred and verbally attacked potential customers because of their race and national origin and agreed to never again operate "a public accommodation" in Massachusetts. Read more.

By adamg - 8/19/21 - 9:39 pm

WBZ reports both the driver and another officer were injured in the crash, which did not involve any other vehicles, on Huntington at Belvidere this afternoon.

By adamg - 8/18/21 - 11:09 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a three-story mixed-use extension to buildings along Hereford Street are OK despite what it said some glaring errors by a lower-court judge and the city Zoning Board of Appeal, because the project complies with the neighborhood's groundwater zoning. Read more.

By adamg - 8/11/21 - 7:52 pm

Around 7:45 p.m. At least one car hit, along with the entrance to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the other side of Boylston. A window at a Fidelity office on Fairfield was shattered. Multiple shell casings recovered. Fairfield is shut between Boylston and Newbury.

This is the second time in ten months that that stretch of Fairfield Street has become a firing range.

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