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Leading Residents

April 13, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) The newly elected resident leaders of Hyde Square’s Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez Cooperative—(from left) Susan Empey, Migdalia Montesino and Elba Rivera—are honored in a Boston Tenant Coalition ceremony at the Paulist Center Boston downtown on March 29. The Centre Street co-op was developed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. The event celebrated tenant and affordable housing struggles and victories.

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Bike-riding robber sought

April 13, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—A bike-riding robber stole a man’s cell phone and flashed a knife on Heath Street on March 23, according to the Boston Police Department, which released a description of the suspect. The victim was walking his dog and talking on the phone in the area of 251 Heath St. around 4 p.m. when...

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Letter: In support of low-income housing

April 13, 2012
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Twenty years ago, in my country, some delinquents assaulted me and shot me in my spinal cord, relegating me to a wheelchair, and four years ago I began to suffer attacks against my physical integrity due to my political ideals. I was the victim of different forms of violence, including threatening phone calls and...

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Letter: Gazette is wrong about unanswered Casey questions

April 13, 2012
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The Gazette’s attack on our citizen’s group, Bridging Forest Hills, and anyone who dares to speak up against the state’s biased “public” process on the Casey Overpass project, is a great example of shortsighted journalism (“The Casey criticism,” editorial, March 30). You say that Bridging Forest Hills has a “dubious public process.” Advocacy groups...

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Letter: Better traffic data needed for Casey design

April 13, 2012
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I’ve spent 12 years working on the Arborway Yard, two years on the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative. I’m fairly well acquainted with issues that concern residents of the Forest Hills area, especially traffic and transit. As a Casey Overpass project WAG member, I represented 300 residences of the Stonybrook neighborhood, which is used as cut-through...

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Letter: Occupy JP remains active

April 13, 2012
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To quote Mark Twain, news of our death has been greatly exaggerated (“Occupy JP continues with fewer members,” March 16). OJP, and Occupy as a whole, are definitely not socialist groups. Occupy is a diverse group. Our members are Democrats, independents, moderates, faith-based activists–and yes, some socialists of various stripes. All are people who...

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Editorial: The 7th lane

April 13, 2012
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Perhaps MassDOT believes it is now beyond needing credibility to execute its vision for the Casey Arborway project. Why else would it present an altered design in a community meeting—without mentioning the alteration? The addition of the so-called seventh lane—actually a partial left-turn lane—to the design feeds criticism that the planning is insular and...

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Editorial: The T cut success

April 13, 2012
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The MBTA’s fare boost and service cuts are a clear success. Not at serving the public—especially where some of JP’s most transit-needing residents are concerned. Rather, in finally drawing serious attention to the dire state of the T’s finances. MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis is to be commended for creating a brilliant fear...

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Editorial: S. Huntington luxuries

April 13, 2012
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The Green Line cuts come just in time to not service roughly 400 luxury apartment units coming to S. Huntington Avenue in the next few years. The apartments clearly are aimed at the doctors and grad students in the LMA and local universities so easily accessed by the streetcar, which won’t run on weekends...

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Op-Ed: Good reasons to make JP shine on April 28

April 13, 2012
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Twenty-eight years ago, in the first year after its election, the Flynn Administration organized volunteer neighborhood cleanups throughout the city, today known as Boston Shines. Michael Reiskind and I were so impressed with the results and enthusiasm shown by our JP neighbors and friends that we decided to repeat the event the following year....

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