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By adamg - 1/20/21 - 2:13 pm
Dog at the State House

Shortly before 1 p.m., Sara Mak and a companion surveyed the scene at the State House (then reconnoitered the surrounding area).

Compare to the situation on Sunday, when Boston Police shut down the streets around the State House.

By adamg - 1/17/21 - 1:39 pm
Blocked roads near the State House

Blocked road near the State House. Photo by Joseph A. Rinaldi.

Update: Roads re-opened, for now, around 3 p.m.

Boston Police announce that several streets in front of or near the State House are being shut, in advance of Wednesday's inauguration in Washington, because of potential threats from fascists. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/21 - 9:46 pm
295-297 Beacon St. on fire

295-297 Beacon St. during the fire. Photo by BFD.

Somebody who spent Sunday night setting trash and Christmas trees on fire in Back Bay alleys may have sparked what turned into a two-alarm fire at 295-297 Beacon St. at Exeter Street. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/20 - 2:43 pm

The Boston Cannabis Board this week approved the transformation of Mary Ann's, once Cleveland Circle's premier sticky-floor bar, into a recreational marijuana shop. Read more.

By adamg - 11/7/20 - 3:57 pm

Shamus Moynihan captured a ragtag band of protesters today: Read more.

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By adamg - 10/5/20 - 1:36 pm

Update: 1:40 p.m. A hazmat crew in the building got no hydrogen-sulfide readings; the gas has dissipated through the lab vent system.

Boston firefighters are at Boston College, at the Brighton/Newton line, where a liter bottle of hydrogen sulfide has leaked in Merkert Hall, inside a hood, at least, which might minimize exposure and its rotten-egg smell. Police have been requested to block traffic on Beacon Street.

By adamg - 8/27/20 - 10:07 pm

BostonTweet reports the end of the first Anna's, which opened in 1995 on Beacon Street at Summit Avenue in Brookline. Other locations remain open.

By adamg - 8/11/20 - 8:34 pm
A lot of mattresses on one car in Brookline

Travel New England spotted this pile crossing the Beacon Street trolley tracks at St. Paul Street today.

By adamg - 6/27/20 - 6:35 pm
Nazis in front of the Massachusetts State House

Air thick with Nazi symbols on Beacon Street today. Photo by Hilary Sargent.

White supremacists who organized a "Back the Blue" rally in front of the State House today found themselves joined by swastika-tattooed Nazis who rejected a requests from the white supremacists to leave and instead joined in the rally. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/20 - 9:49 am

The State Library of Massachusetts recounts the struggle to get the Robert Gould Shaw memorial built across from the State House - including an effort in the 1980s to add the names of the Black soldiers who fell in battle with Shaw added to the names of the white officers whose names had initially been the only ones inscribed there.

By adamg - 5/4/20 - 2:38 pm
Small group of Trumpies on Beacon Street outside the State House

Note: Looks like maybe another hundred showed up.

What a difference a few years makes. Compare the 100 or so Trumpists who demanded the right to breathe on other people on Beacon Street outside the State House this afternoon, as photographed by Frog Lane Harpy. with the tens of thousands who protested him on Beacon Street in 2017. Read more.

By adamg - 4/11/20 - 12:18 pm

Boston Police report arresting two men from Boston and one from Chelsea for a shooting near 37 Beacon St. Tuesday afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/20 - 10:40 pm

The Brookline Transportation Division reports both the Select Board and the Transportation Board have approved an "open streets" plan to reallocate some of the asphalt along Harvard Street, Longwood and Brookline avenues and part of Beacon Street for use by people not in cars so that they can get around while maintaining social distance, at least during the current Covid-19 emergency. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 9:52 am
Three men at the Robert Gould Shaw memorial in the 1980s

The folks at the Boston City Archives have been going through a collection of photos from the Flynn administration and are asking for help to identify these three men, photographed in front of the Robert Gould Shaw memorial on Beacon Street in the 1980s.

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 12:31 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes on the C Line inbound because of a trolley with a door problem.

By adamg - 1/17/20 - 9:55 am

New England Folklore recounts the story of the two elms that flank the Robert Gould Shaw memorial at Beacon and Park streets - planted by John Hancock himself before the Revolution. Turns out the memorial sits on a vault designed to protect the roots of the trees.

By adamg - 1/5/20 - 3:07 pm

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about Postal Service rubber bands strewn all over Beacon Street: Read more.

By adamg - 1/1/20 - 6:25 pm
Crashed car at Beacon and Berkeley streets in the Back Bay

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint over what appears to be a crash early on New Year's Day at the intersection of Beacon and Berkeley streets: Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 5:56 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposed new roof deck as part of an overall rehab of a Beacon Street frat house after a neighbor worried about noise and the neighborhood association groused about the dangerous precedent the deck could set. Read more.

By adamg - 12/12/19 - 9:05 am
Back Bay in 1857

The Emerald Neclace Conservancy posted this photo, taken from Beacon Hill in 1857, that shows Beacon Street extending across the Back Bay to the rest of the continental United States. To the left of the street is a spit of land, then called Gravelly Point, that eventually became the Fenway.

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