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Attention must be paid – Copley Square destroyed

Yesterday I was walking by Copley Square, as I do every day.

Check this out.

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No, someone hasn’t painted the ground yellow.

That’s all dead grass.

Last week, there was some sort of event on Copley Square. A huge white tent was erected. I never found out what it was for. I wish I knew.

I hope they had a wonderful, WONDERFUL, time.

And, the most emailed story over the next 24-hours will be …

Courtesy, Boston.com

It was not that easy to keep the animals cool at the Franklin Park Zoo. Staffers used mist to cool parrots and sprayed ostriches with a hose. Wading pools helped chill the tapirs, mammals that look like a cross between an elephant and a hog. They were rubbed down with sunscreen designed for babies (water- and tear-proof with a sun protection factor of 30 to 50).

“They don’t make sunscreen for tapirs,” said Jeannine Jackle, a zoo curator.

The special summer treat is saved for lions, wild dogs, and other carnivores. The zoo makes blood Popsicles from the liquid left behind by meat used for feed.

“It’s kind of gross,” Jackle said, “but the animals really like it.”

Overheard in Boston, part 921

In Starbucks, this afternoon:

“We can’t have any pets, unfortunately; my daughter is allergic to mammals.”

Another Rose Kennedy Greenway project in shambles

Ever driven down the Rose Kennedy Greenway Parkway and wondered, why is there all this open space, where you might assume there’d be some trees or grass, maybe a building or two?

Yeah, me too.

None of the proposed buildings for the stretch of land are anywhere near breaking ground. The landscape is littered with as many broken promises as it is with discarded Dunkin’ Donuts cups.

You didn’t think things could go any slower? Wrong.

According to today’s Globe:

Daniel Neuman, touted as the leader who would open the doors to the New Center for Arts and Culture, a cultural anchor on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, is leaving after less than two years on the job …

In addition … [Ronald Druker] said yesterday he is stepping down as board chairman to be replaced by Paula L. Sidman, whose late husband, Edwin, was the center’s founding chairman. Druker said he will stay involved.

Meanwhile, down the road, the Boston Museum project continues to kick up dust. The Globe article includes the nugget of news that, of the $120 million (down from the original $190 million) needed for the project, a grand total of $7 million has been raised.

I’m sorry, calling it the Parkway is even being too kind. From now on, I’m calling it the Rose Kennedy Dustbowl.

Budding arts center will lose its leader; Departure not expected to derail Greenway project – By Geoff Edgers, The Boston Globe

Kids love art; MFA goes web 2.0

Facebook isn’t just for college kids any longer (sorry, Seanie!).

The Museum of Fine Arts has created its own Facebook profile.

Our new Facebook profile features information on exhibitions, public programs and events, as well as several interactive applications including photos and podcasts. One of the most exciting applications is ArtShare, a joint venture with the Brooklyn Museum, the Met and several of our peer museums which enables users to access collection highlights and post favorite images on their own web sites.

The goal is to increase awareness, generate interest, and provide a “what will you find this time” experience.

“It is just one of many ways for people to personalize their MFA experience, share their favorite artwork with others, and engage with our exhibitions and public programs.”

If you already have a Facebook profile, you may “friend” them, by clicking the “Become a fan” link on the Museum’s profile!

Violent crime steals everyone’s sense of security

My column in this week’s South End News discusses a recent wave of violent crime hitting the neighborhood.

No easy answers to crime

There have been a number of violent crimes in the South End during the past month. Just last week, a 16-year-old was shot on Dwight Street. On April 29, a 15-year-old was stabbed in the face and stomach on Washington Street. Three weeks ago, a 13-year-old was shot on Mystic Street. As of now, there have been no reports of arrests in any of the cases. Surreal, isn’t it? Teenagers shooting each other while two blocks over, residents dine al fresco on a nice, warm night.

What was your reaction when you first heard the news?

Disbelief? Anger? Indifference?

I’ve had just about every type of reaction through the years to stories of violent crime in my neighborhood. Perhaps you’ve had some of these same feelings:

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Boston: best city in the WORLD!

We’re #1!

CNN has come out with a list of six cities where you might want to consider buying real estate (Boston, in this case, meaning “Greater Boston”, based on the map that accompanies the story):

One of the first places to experience the downturn, Beantown also appears to be among the first to rebound: In the last quarter of 2007, prices rose 1%. (Yes, because nothing makes you sound like a complete native like calling Boston, “Beantown”.)

Meanwhile, CBcampus.com (?!) and Apartment.com have compiled a list of the top ten cities for recent college graduates, and Boston ranks #2!

The “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” research was based on ranking the top U.S. cities with the highest concentration of young adults (age 20 – 24) from the U.S. Census Bureau, inventory of jobs requiring a degree and less than one year of experience from CBcampus.com, and the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment from Apartments.com.

Here are the 10 best jump-start-your-life cities and the average cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in them:

* Philadelphia, $962
* Boston, $1,343
* New York, $1,520
* Phoenix, $741
* Chicago, $1,029
* Dallas-Fort Worth, $755
* Los Angeles, $1,435
* Houston, $778
* Detroit, $699
* Atlanta, $773

Johnnie Appleseed is gonna kick their asses

From yesterday’s Globe:

Vandals tore up 18 new trees that had been planted last week in a playground in an industrial corner of Roxbury.

A dog walker found the red maples and white swamp oaks this morning lying on the ground at the Clifford Playground. The 4- to 8-foot tall saplings were in a grove of 50 trees planted Wednesday by volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation …

“People just don’t realize the impact of their maliciousness,” said Parks Department spokeswoman Mary Hines …

“We are not going to let this stand in our way,” Hines said of the city’s effort to plant 100,000 trees. “It’s a blip on the screen. Those trees are back in the ground and God is watering them right now.”

With His tears, no doubt.

Source: Vandals rip up 18 new trees in Roxbury – By Andrew Ryan, The Boston Globe

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