Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mayoral forum focused on affordable housing

August 16, 2013
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Affordable housing was a prominent issue discussed during an Aug. 6 mayoral forum on housing, according to Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC) coordinator Kathy Brown. BTC co-sponsored the event at the Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown with several other organizations, including Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and City Life/Vida Urbana, both of which are based...

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JP Agenda, Aug. 16, 2013

August 16, 2013
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The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Aug. 27 for the Aug. 30 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings Zoning Board of Appeals, Tues., Aug. 20, 9:30am: 23-25 Chestnut Sq. (subdivide parcel, erect two-family building), 1 Roanoke Ave. (update legal...

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Stage Star

August 16, 2013
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Editorial: JPNC lawsuit and JPNC election

August 16, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s ongoing lawsuit against a local real estate development looks like it will be a double-edged sword in terms of drawing attention to the pending council election. The JPNC should make sure that potential candidates are fully aware of the lawsuit and any possible legal ramifications that might involve them....

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Editorial: Mayoral details

August 16, 2013
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Thanks to local Main Streets organizations and JP-based housing nonprofits for staging important mayoral forums to raise the neglected issues of small business development and Boston’s staggering cost of getting a roof over one’s head. Those conversations should continue, and in as much detail as possible. A lack of policy detail has allowed these...

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Editorial: A different chess move

August 16, 2013
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In the Aug. 2 issue, we praised the Boston Redevelopment Authority board of directors for its smart “chess move” of linking the redevelopment of Hyde Square’s former Norbert School building to a successful sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church. That information was incorrect. In fact, the BRA board linked the school project to...

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Op-Ed: Small businesses belong on the mayoral agenda

August 16, 2013
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By Betsy Cowan, Richard Rouse and Gerald Robbins/Special to the Gazette Small businesses form the backbone of each unique neighborhood of Boston, investing in the City through taxes, local purchasing and local hiring. In addition, small businesses add vitality to the neighborhoods by attracting customers, beautifying their storefronts and improving the public safety and...

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Letter: Faraone is right about canned speeches, but there’s a solution

August 16, 2013
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In reading Chris Faraone’s column “Is there an echo in here, or is that a stump speech?” (“Politics as Unusual,” Aug. 2), I could commiserate with him regarding our mayoral candidates becoming repetitive at different forums. I’ve attended two education forums so far where the sponsors insisted that attendees submit their questions beforehand. Only...

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Letter: Commons at Forest Hills project will eat up local parking

August 16, 2013
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The 289 residential unit project proposed for the 3-acre Hughes Oil site on Washington Street near the Forest Hills station will have only 168 parking spaces that tenants must pay extra to use. We know that people riding the subway to work have cars; high-rent, two-bedroom units are shared by two tenants often with...

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El desfile dominicano regresa a JP

August 16, 2013
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El desfile dominicano anual regresa a Hyde, Jackson y Egleston Square el domingo, 18 de agosto, pero el festival que sigue tendrá lugar en Clifford Playground en Roxbury, y no en Franklin Park como siempre. El desfile y el festival celebran la cultura de la República Dominicana. Como el festival puertorriqueño de hace unas...

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