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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.

By adamg - 12/23/21 - 11:10 am

A Housing Court judge yesterday denied the city's request to let its pandemic-related ban on evictions continue as it appeals her earlier decision to dismiss the ban. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/21 - 9:16 am
Old FleetCenter bottle opener

Josh Bitker shows us the bottle opener he found when he cleaned out his for the first time in awhile.

By adamg - 11/30/21 - 9:44 am

Real-estate attorney Richard Vetstein reports a Housing Court justice yesterday ruled the Boston Public Health Commission went too far in imposing a ban on evictions as a public-health measure. Read more.

By adamg - 11/15/21 - 4:42 pm
A Pallet shelter

A Pallet shelter.

The state next month will set up a "temporary cottage community" on the grounds of Shattuck Hospital in Franklin Park to house and care for up to 30 people who now live - or try to live - in tents along Methadone Mile, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders said today. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/21 - 2:10 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today announced a $5-million fund to help residents who are in danger of being foreclosed out of their homes, using money from federal coronavirus-related payments to the city. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/21 - 10:04 am
Proposed additions

What the Monzon house (center) would look like under plan approved by zoning board. From 5/4 hearing.

Four people living at 171 Maple St. in West Roxbury have sued the Zoning Board of Appeal over its approval of plans by their neighbors at 175 Maple St. to expand their house upward by adding a second floor and an attic. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 7:19 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced today that while the Supreme Court might think evictions are now hunky dory in the face of coronavirus, Boston doesn't - the city Public Health Commission today issued a new public-health order that creates a citywide moratorium on evictions, effective immediately: Property owners will be barred from bringing foreclosure actions against tenants. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/21 - 8:50 am

The spite house of Hull Street in the North End can be yours for $1.2 million.

H/t Cara.

By adamg - 7/17/21 - 1:30 pm
Airbnb usage in Boston areas in 2018

Airbnb usage across Boston in 2018, from the study.

Two researchers at Northeastern University compared Airbnb data and crime stats for Boston neighborhoods and found that an increase in Airbnb units is followed a year or so later by an increase in violent crime. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/21 - 9:39 am
Raccoons in the trash

Patrick Roath reports a pair of junior trash pandas found themselves some good eatin' sometime overnight in JP's Pondside neighborhood, then couldn't get out - at least not without a helping hand.

By adamg - 7/13/21 - 2:28 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a family's plans to build a second house on a vacant lot next to their current home on Avalon Road in West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/21 - 11:35 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that the state can decide whether to force the owners of condos at Commercial Wharf to abandon the wharf space they now use for parking, because they never received a formal state license to use the waterfront land for stowing cars. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 10:37 am

Jamaica Plain News reports on tomorrow's rally by the Forbes Building Tenants Association tomorrow outside their current home at 545 Centre St.

By adamg - 5/24/21 - 9:06 pm
Collapsed porch

Collapsed porch. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports one worker was injured when the front porch at 34 Pleasant St. in Hyde Park collapsed this afternoon. The cause is under investigation.

By damaskin - 5/23/21 - 9:00 am

The contractors I've contacted disappear once they learn that this is an apartment in downtown with no parking.

Any ideas?

Thank you.

By adamg - 5/21/21 - 10:25 am

A citizen who has somehow not been driven completely insane file a 311 complaint about a smoke detector on East 2nd Street in South Boston:

[The building] which appears vacant, had had a smoke detector dead battery chirp going off 24x7 for the last 2 years. Can we do something get the chirp to stop? Thank you!

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 11:51 pm
Park Front Road in 1924

1924 map showing Park Front Road, via Leventhal Map Center's Atlascope.

WCVB reports that residents who have always thought they lived on West Roxbury Parkway near Weld Street woke up this week to find new city street signs IDing their street as Park Front Road and now they're having trouble getting deliveries, so they've resorted to putting up paper signs reading "West Roxbury Parkway." Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 9:20 am

WBUR reports on a financing issue that could affect some 400 South End residents living in apartments owned by the Tenants’ Development Corp.

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