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Anti-Olympics speakers to talk displacement, surveillance

May 8, 2015
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The anti-Olympics group NoBoston2024 is staging two panel discussions in Jamaica Plain on Olympics-related housing and security impacts. Among the speakers is Dave Zirin, the sports editor at the magazine The Nation. The first event, May 14, 7 p.m. at Hope Central Church, is “Olympic-Sized Displacement: What Boston 2024 Means for Housing Rights.” The...

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Boston 2024 changes Franklin Park plan

May 8, 2015
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Boston 2024 has altered its plan for Olympics horse-racing in Franklin Park so that the track would be built around rather than on the golf course. The Franklin Park Coalition says the change raises new questions about park impacts. The change was announced at a City-sponsored Boston 2024 meeting April 28 at Roxbury Community...

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BRA to codify S. Huntington guidelines

May 8, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is looking to integrate guidelines developed for S. Huntington Avenue into the City zoning code. The BRA completed the community-requested South Huntington Avenue Framework for Future Development Review in May 2013. On May 21, the BRA will host a community meeting to “ensure that the guidelines have captured the...

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City releases first student housing report

May 8, 2015
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The City of Boston released its first ever “Student Housing Trends” report last month, establishing a baseline toward Mayor Martin Walsh’s goal of creating 18,500 new student dormitory beds by 2030. But all local data in the report is inaccurate because it continues to use an old, incorrect map that erases some neighborhoods and...

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New eatery opens in Hyde Sq.

May 8, 2015
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A new sandwich and empanada restaurant opened in a troubled spot in Hyde Square last month. Pikalo, which offers sandwiches, empanadas and patacones—sandwiches with fried plantains instead of buns—opened at the former home of The Goods JP and Slice O’ Pie pizzeria at 378 Centre St. in late April. It is an expansion of...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Housing, retail coming soon in substation project

May 8, 2015
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Roslindale Neighbors: Housing, retail coming soon in substation project

Thirteen years in the making, the Roslindale Substation project is well on its way to opening doors on time. The residential stage of the project is due to be ready by October, and a restaurant and a craft beer store are on the way. A “meet and greet” tour of the project area is...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Parklet returns to Rozzie, but not JP

May 8, 2015
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Roslindale Village will be seeing the return of a parklet this month, while Jamaica Plain will go another year without, due to utility work. According to Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos, the installation of Rozzie’s parklet—originally created for and installed in Mission Hill—began last week at 27 Corinth St., outside Fornax Bakery. Roslindale...

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Roslindale Neighbors: Rozzie library could get $6m renovation

May 8, 2015
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The Roslindale Branch Library could see a $6 million renovation as soon as 2016, according to the Boston Public Library. “Authorization for a renovation of the Roslindale Branch has been placed in the outwears of FY17-FY20, which means the project could start at any time in those years, pending budget approval,” BPL spokesperson Rosemary...

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Peace and Love

May 8, 2015
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Peace and Love

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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

May 8, 2015
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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

It began with a single photograph in the Museum of Fine Arts’ (MFA) collection. Photography curator and JP resident Karen Haas knew very little about it, aside from the fact that Gordon Parks had made it in 1950: a black-and-white photograph of a couple outside under the segregated Liberty Theater’s marquee, in Fort Scott,...

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