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Editorial: JPNDC’s crisis of faith

August 3, 2012
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Blessed Sacrament is looking more like Cursed Development for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, an affordable housing organization that is being criticized by longtime friends for selling much of the church campus to luxury builders. The JPNDC itself is clearly not thrilled about it. It struggled, delayed and cajoled its for-profit partner for...

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Letter: Seize the chance to improve our streets

August 3, 2012
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In Jamaica Plain, we are fortunate to enjoy not just world-class green spaces, but also a lush and vibrant streetscape. Our public ways are the seams that bind our civic lives together: culture to culture, “1 percent” to “99 percent,” young to old. When an opportunity to rejuvenate a neglected part of our streetscape...

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Letter: The easy way to regain Casey trust

August 3, 2012
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MassDOT admits that there are trust issues with the community regarding the Casey Overpass (“MassDOT chief: We’ll fix Casey ‘trust issue,’” July 20). They say they want to regain the community’s trust. It’s quite simple: Stop manipulating the traffic counts, pay attention to the buses, treat the citizens of the advisory group and their elected...

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Letter: The JPNDC’s bigger picture on Blessed Sacrament

August 3, 2012
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We, the board members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), write to clarify issues that have arisen about the redevelopment of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Since 2005, 81 affordable homes, green space, retail space and youth program space have been developed on the Blessed Sacrament campus—tremendous accomplishments achieved during the worst economic...

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Letter: S. Huntington needs master plan, affordability

August 3, 2012
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We have lived in Jamaica Plain for 26 years and have witnessed the rise in housing prices, which inevitably means some, like our own son, cannot find affordable housing here. We also rent part of our property and we see that there is a high demand for reasonably priced housing here. We are concerned that the area...

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Letter: Sen. Brown is wrong on health care law

August 3, 2012
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In July 15 op-ed in the Metrowest Daily News, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown wrote that the Affordable Care Act is bad for Massachusetts. He’s wrong. The Affordable Care Act gives me and my family peace of mind. I live with a pre-existing condition (asthma) and will now have the security that insurers will no...

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Letter: Thanks for Tenant Coalition support

August 3, 2012
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Everyone here at the Boston Tenant Coalition would like to send out a thank you to those in the community who helped to make our Karaoke for a Kause event a great success! We would like to send a special thank you to the Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge. We would also like to...

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Letter: Low-income housing should be priority on City lots

August 3, 2012
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Regarding the City’s likely sale of lots on Boylston and Dalrymple streets for open space (“Three lots in JP to remain open space,” July 6): The City policy for disposition of publicly owned vacant lots should be for highest and best public use. If the City follows the lead of the community for gardens,...

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Candle in the Dark

July 20, 2012
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(Photo by Courtney Sacco) A girl releases a Japanese paper lantern onto Forest Hills Cemetery’s Lake Hibiscus during the annual Lantern Festival on July 12. The event allows people to honor the memories of loved ones who have passed away.

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Open Street

July 20, 2012
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) People dance on Elm Street on July 15 during Circle the City’s Open Streets event, which closed the Green Street corridor to cars, allowing people to walk, bike and do other activities freely. Hundreds of people joined in the event, the first of its kind in Boston.

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