Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen captured the scene along the Fitchburg Line tracks, next to the impending Union Square Green Line stop, after this afternoon's drenching rain. Note the floating timbers. Read more.
Dan Kennedy was among the Medford residents who marched outside the New England Baptist Church, which has been using its front-lawn signboard for messages such as "Male and Female He Created Them. Gen. 5:2. Gender Identity Solved." He reports both candidates for mayor joined the protesters.
MassDOT reported this afternoon that it expects to have all southbound lanes on I-93 near Roosevelt Circle re-opened to traffic sometime tomorrow after completion of repairs to keep that storrowed overpass from collapsing until more permanent repairs can be made - a process the state says will take several months. Read more.
Here's a detailed drone-based video of the work towards extending the Green Line past Lechmere. If you want to skip stuff about the history of the Green Line and work on the existing sections, skip to 4:50 (and yes, the narrator is not from around here, as you can tell by his pronunciation of "Tremont" and "Zakim" but it's still a cool video).
The MBTA announced last week that it's just not going to run any trains at all between Oak Grove and Sullivan Square as it fixes the aging switch that caused yesterday's derailment at Wellington and does other track work there for the next three weeks. And it's pulling all of the new Chinese-by-way-of-Springfield trains on the Orange and Red Lines - like the one that came off the tracks as it tries to figure out what happened.
MassDOT announced today it's re-opening the HOV lane on I-93 southbound to help deal with the congestion that's been returning to local highways since the spring - after the Conservation Law foundation threatened a lawsuit. Read more.
The Tufts Daily reports the university today told students attending classes in person that they can only leave their dorms - or off-campus apartments - to "attend class, seek medical care, go to or from their jobs, pick up food, get a COVID-19 test or exercise outdoors." Read more.
The challenges faced by the Boston housing market have been well documented in 2020. The pandemic has caused massive shifts in urban population distribution in metropolitan areas all across the country, and Boston is no exception. It effectively took one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets and caused it to come to a grinding halt as apartment vacancies soar all over the city.