Archive for September, 2012

September 30, 2012

Foot traffic

The New Balance headquarters planned for the Market and Guest Street area may sport a rooftop running track, according to the company’s director of real estate. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2013.

September 30, 2012

Like Allston needs more douchebags

The Joshua Tree, recently named number 5 on a list of Boston’s douchiest bars, wants to crowd even more bros into the place. They will make their case for a bigger capacity Thursday, October 4 at the BAIA’s monthly meeting.

Also on the agenda will be planned changes to MBTA bus routes relating to the New Balance development, a presentation on moving the BC trolley stop to the center of Commonwealth Avenue, and a proposed yogurt shop for the former Naked Pizza at 433 Washington Street in Brighton Center.

September 25, 2012

Cleveland Circle, still developing has a good run-down of the objections to the proposed hotel and condo complex, from the Brighton and Brookline perspectives.

In case you missed it, here is a photo essay on the development of the area.

September 25, 2012

Creep show

A BU female was subjected to an indecent assault and battery this past Sunday night at the corner of Gardner and Chester Streets in Allston.

September 24, 2012

Soon to be demolished?

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The owner of this property at 10 Parsons Street, Brighton Center (it’s the last house on the right before Washington Street, next to the Sovereign Commerce Bank parking lot) wants to knock it down. His request is the subject of BRA hearing this evening.

Kandu Development purchased this property and the adjacent 423-425 Washington Street in January 2011 for $1.5 million. The property includes the former Minihane’s Florist building, the Sovereign Bank branch, and the parking lot.

September 24, 2012

Does Steve Forbes even own a pair of skinny jeans?

Forbes magazine recently anointed Allston Brighton as the 18th best hipster neighborhood in the country. One, they really ought to have specified Allston, which has a lot more guys walking around in skinny jeans and girls in leggings and ugly eye glasses than Brighton. Two, since when is a magazine owned by Steve Forbes an arbiter of hipness?

September 22, 2012

Move those feet

The annual Brian Honan 5K Road Race will be held tomorrow, Sunday, September 23. If you want to take a 5K tour of the neighborhood and help kids at the same time, sign up at Tavern in the Square, 161 Brighton Avenue (formerly the Kells). Sign-in starts at 9:30AM.

September 21, 2012

Not so fast

The hotel/high-end condo/office/retail complex proposed for Cleveland Circle ran into a roomful of opposition at a meeting last night. It’s too big, will create traffic and parking problems, and some people just think it’s damn ugly. Boston, and Brookline, will need to sign off before anything gets built.

September 19, 2012

Final reviews on former movieplex

The BRA is holding its final public meeting on the plan to turn the long-defunct Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle into a mash-up of hotel, retail and residential space. Stop by the Hamilton School, 198 Strathmore Road at the corner of Chestnut Hill Avenue, at 6PM on Thursday, September 20.

September 18, 2012


Harvard is not in any hurry to let the neighborhood know what its plans for Allston are. There is still a big hole along Western Avenue, and the school/corporation’s vagaries do not inspire confidence.

September 5, 2012

New liquor store, Mexican restaurant seek support

The Brighton Allston Improvement Association’s September meeting is crammed with stuff, including a major presentation for the redevelopment of the old Cleveland Circle movie theater, a new liquor store at 1550 Commonwealth Avenue, and a Mexican restaurant up the road at 1620. More information here, the meeting will be held this Thursday night at 7 PM at the Elks in Brighton Center.


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