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Overpass decision to come this month

February 17, 2012
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will announce the decision for the future of the Casey Overpass by the end of the month, the Gazette has learned. MassDOT has also posted answers online to some of the burning questions about the Casey replacement project posed by elected officials and the community since mid-November. MassDOT...

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Bromley-Heath leader retires; BHA takes over

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—The leader and co-founder of the Bromley-Heath housing development’s groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March, and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will take over. The tenant group will continue to advise the BHA, but will no longer have a management role, BHA spokesperson Lydia Agro told the Gazette....

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Illicit chickens roost in JP’s back yards

February 17, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Roslindale resident Benjamin Geffken is covered in chickens raised by neighbor Steven Gag last year.

Chickens may be legally welcome back in the City of Boston soon, much to the delight of Jamaica Plain chicken-keepers. JP has a concentration of secret chickens—in back yards, basements and converted lawn furniture—as chicken-keeping is not allowed under the current zoning code. But the growing interest in urban agriculture has pushed the city...

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BHA absorbe Bromley-Heath

February 17, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.— La líder y cofundadora de la corporación innovadora del complejo Bromley-Heath, dirigido por los mismos residentes, se jubila a finales de marzo y Boston Housing Authority tomará el mando. El grupo de inquilinos continuará aconsejando a BHA, pero ya no tendrá el rol de administración, dijo portavoz de BHA al Gazette. Mildred...

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190-200 rental units planned for Home site

February 17, 2012
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A huge, high-end apartment building with 190 to 200 units is being proposed for the Home for Little Wanderers complex at 161 S. Huntington Ave. “It will extend the residential character of JP down to where it really hasn’t been before,” said Curtis Kemeny, president and CEO of Boston Residential Group, in an interview...

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New overpass group draws fire

February 17, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—As the decision for the future of the Casey Overpass lingers in limbo with no announcement date set, community members push for various options. A new group, Bridging Forest Hills (BFH), consisting of community members and Working Advisory Group (WAG) members, has formed to “share our opinion that neither option presented thus far...

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JP seeks MBTA cuts solution

February 17, 2012
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Local officials pledged to come up with a budget solution. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation circulated a petition. Bikes Not Bombs announced a night of political lobbying. Occupy JP held up signs saying, “Increase fairness, not fares.” The tactics varied, but the response from over 150 people was the same: a rejection of...

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Why a T gas tax doesn’t fly out West

February 17, 2012
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A gas tax hike is being pushed by most Jamaica Plain elected officials and many residents as a key fix for the MBTA’s budget woes. Rural and suburban legislators have become the villains of the piece, with local officials urging citizens to put pressure on them. But some of those Western Mass. officials actually...

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T chief: Our plan kills my ride

February 17, 2012
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The scores of T riders who complained to MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis about proposed service cuts at a Jamaica Plain meeting on Feb. 1 probably did not know that they were speaking to one of their own. The MBTA’s universally hated plan would kill the 326 express bus from Medford that Davis...

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‘State of JP’ talks hyperlocal issues

February 17, 2012
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Jamaica Plain showed its colors as a hyper-engaged community as residents gathered to discuss politics affecting the neighborhood and their hopes for the future at the second annual “State of Our Neighborhood” Forum held in the auditorium of English High School Feb. 9. “We’re here to ask ourselves where we want JP to be...

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