Monthly Archives: July 2013

‘Avenida de las Americas’ en Hyde/Jackson

July 5, 2013
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Centre Street es la nueva “Avenida de las Americas”, según unas señales que aparecieron en Hyde y Jackson Squares. La idea fue aprobada originalmente hace seis años por el Boston City Council. Las señales no cambian el nombre oficial de la calle, sino dan un homenaje a la cultura latina local. Es similar a...

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Hughes Oil tenants offered to buy property

July 5, 2013
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A tenant of the former Hughes Oil property made offers to buy the property before being informed of their impending eviction to make room for a large residential housing project. One of the current occupants of the industrial property at 3593 Washington St. offered to buy the property from owner the Arborway Corporation for...

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Hyde, Monument Sq. redesigns resume this fall

July 5, 2013
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The City’s long-delayed plans for major redesigns of Hyde and Monument Squares will resume this fall, according to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD). The Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plan aims to develop general guidelines for the look and feel of the Centre/South corridor, as well as fix some specific traffic...

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Politics as Unusual: This race needs a lightning rod—or nametags

July 5, 2013
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I think that I finally understand what’s wrong with this mayoral race—or at least why so few people know there is a heated contest underway. It’s not a lack of good or even great candidates; as I’ve noted endlessly, the stable of contenders is a fine one, with any number of hopefuls who I’d...

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State plans improving access to Jamaica Pond

July 5, 2013
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PONDSIDE—The state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) unveiled during a June 26 community meeting three concepts to improve access to the Jamaica Pond at the intersection of Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive. Attendees seemed to prefer a combination of the concepts, where traffic-calming measures would be implemented at the intersection and a...

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Sen. Chang-Díaz gives birth

July 5, 2013
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz gave birth to a baby girl, Mila, on June 29, according to her official Facebook page. The page stated on July 1, “Mom and Mila are both doing great.” No further information was provided. It is unclear how long Chang-Díaz, a JP resident, will be on leave. She told the...

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Arboretum 16 acres bigger than thought

July 5, 2013
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ARBORWAY—Arnold Arboretum is one of the biggest jewels in the Emerald Necklace—even bigger than advertised. Administrators recently discovered that the Arboretum is 16 acres bigger than the number it has used in various publications for the past 75 years. The Arboretum is approximately 281 acres in area rather than the often-cited 265 acres. As...

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Goddard House property sale continues

July 5, 2013
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S. HUNTINGTON—The sale process of the former Goddard House property is moving forward, but the exact status of where it stands is disputed. According to a developer, the property is under agreement to be sold to an unknown buyer. But Diana Pisciotta, spokesperson for the Goddard House, said the property is “not yet” under...

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City councilors can get parking tickets dismissed

July 5, 2013
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Some city councilors still use a ticket-dismissing program that has proved to be controversial in the past, according to a City official. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) program dismisses parking tickets city councilors receive while on official city business, if they file a sworn statement requesting it. The program is in place because city...

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JP chickens still illegal under urban farm zoning

July 5, 2013
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) presented its draft urban farming guidelines at a June 18 community meeting at English High School, one of a series of meetings throughout the city. To the surprise of community members present at the BRA presentation, the plan would not automatically legalize backyard hens in Jamaica Plain. Many JP...

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