South End

Why Stop At South End Space Savers (Which Don’t Exist); Let’s Ban Valet Spots

Quickly, because it’s already out there.

First, Southie and South End are different. We really *don’t* have that many space savers (at least on the main drags and in most of the side streets). They are anomaly, not the norm.

Second, I think it’s hysterical that we do have this debate about whether or not space savers involve some sort of “legal” category. It’s fungible and law of the street at best, anyway, in Southie.

Third, the real crime of street parking in the South End in the winter is that side streets aren’t fully cleared by folks, so we lose spots, but we must always compete with valet spots throughout the neighborhood. There are even some restaurants and storefronts that are granted premium access for valet or commercial needs that aren’t even using them.

Let’s evaluate that , neighbors. Most of you have on-site parking anyway.

South End

South End Becomes New York City

NY Cab in Boston


Resident Parking in the South End isn’t being extended, just taken over by yet another film crew. For the second time in three weeks, Columbus Ave will become some magical part of Hollywood, this time for a new HBO miniseries, “Olive Kitteridge”. HBO has been filming in and around Boston for the show over the last month, including on the North Shore for some good towny shots.

Good on HBO for offering to help displaced locals park in the area, but I will say, it’s still slightly disconcerting to see the street fill up with New York City cabs. While I’m sure there are no shortage of streets in the Village that would serve the purpose that Columbus Ave is being asked to replace, I guess this has to do with the much nicer tax break (Massachusetts benefits trigger if 50 % is filmed in state, wheras NY requires 75%).

South End, We Love Food

Opening Number: Nearly 20

The circle of life continues down in the South End: we may be really excited about openings, but BosGuy flagged that local shutterings are tempering some of that excitement. Looks like Francesca Cafe, after nearly 20 years in its Tremont home, is closing its doors. Some of the comments strike at an interesting point: does the South End really need another upscale fancy place in the location? Isn’t there something to say for a comfort place where you can get a sandwich?

South End, We Love Drinks

Opening Number: First


The year-plus-long wait is nearly over for those of us who get existential about our South End street corners. For the first time since last June, the windows into 535 Columbus show off the shiny restaurant that has taken up residence. The photo from this morning is the first view inside the completely redone space.

Our understanding, through the neighborhood, is that there are soft pilots of the new Five Horses happening tonight and tomorrow, with a more public opening hitting this weekend.

I tell you this not as a foodie, but just truly as someone who just needs a local.