Monthly Archives: July 2015

JP History: Marking a renewal of the historic JP Branch Library

July 24, 2015
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Two events celebrations are coming—one filled with superheroes and another bringing stories to life—for the renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library building at 12 Sedgwick St., which opened in 1911. The building was the first building specifically built by the City to function as a branch library. An addition was built in 1936...

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JP History: This Week in JP History

July 24, 2015
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The Gazette’s top headlines from this week in JP history:  5 years ago: 2010 “City gets go-ahead for Monument Sq. redesign” The City appeared set to move forward with plans to design a new park at Monument Square following a community meeting of the Centre/South Street Corridor Advisory Group. That plan has stalled for...

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Editorial: A good choice for the BRA board

July 24, 2015
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Last year, Mayor Walsh showed good judgment in selecting JP resident and respected architecture expert Ted Landsmark for service on the Boston Redevelopment Authority board. The mayor is showing similar wisdom in nominating Carol Downs, the co-founder of the Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge. We urge the Boston City Council to confirm...

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Letter: JPNC was wrong to reject 3200 Washington

July 24, 2015
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We were disappointed to read about the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s summary rejection of a proposed rental housing development on Washington Street near Egleston Square (“JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal,” July 3.) The decision is problematic for a number of reasons: the lack of due process undermines the Council’s credibility; the decision...

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Letter: Casey project means less bridge, more sky

July 24, 2015
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I have lived directly across from the Casey Overpass, literally a stone’s throw, for almost 20 years. Every day, I have looked out my front window and saw it smack in front of me. Every day, I walked in its shadow. The bridge has been the dominant feature in our neighborhood for almost our...

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Letter: Imagine a World Cup in Olympic bidders’ back yards

July 24, 2015
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As chair of the recently formed Boston 2026 Committee, which seeks to bring the 2026 World Cup soccer games to Boston, I would like to disclose an important detail about our bid to FIFA: Most of the soccer matches will be held in Boston 2024 board member John Fish’s and board chair Steve Pagliuca’s...

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Letter: It’s not too late to replace Casey with a new bridge

July 24, 2015
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The letter in the July 3 issue of the Jamaica Plain Gazette signed by four state reps., a state senator and three city councilors, “How to give your Casey demolition input,” amounts to rearranging the deck chairs while the Titanic is going down. When Interstate 95 was planned to go through our town in...

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Jamaica Pond closed due to possible toxic algae

July 21, 2015
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People and pets are banned from the water in Jamaica Pond until further notice by the Boston Public Health Commission, which warns that a toxic algae may be growing there. Swimming, fishing, boating and any other kind of water contact is banned. People and pets also should avoid touching anything along the shore that...

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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

July 3, 2015
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JP gives hostile reception to Olympics

Most attendees at Jamaica Plain’s latest City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting on June 30 did not welcome the idea of bringing the Olympics to Boston with open arms. Instead, they barraged City officials with concerns ranging from security to the legacy of parks to an unwillingness to listen to the opposition. More than 250 people...

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Franklin Park remains in new Olympic bid

July 3, 2015
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Franklin Park remains a proposed Olympics venue in Boston 2024’s second-draft bid unveiled June 29. The updated plan has two big changes: the removal of a pentathlon swimming pool, and Columbia Road through Dorchester transforming into a kind of parkway. In addition, Boston 2024 told the Gazette it intends to pay for the entire...

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