Opinion

JP Observer: Construction back-up beepers need to be changed

May 22, 2015
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It’s spring. We can hear the big trucks chirping outside. (Oh, yes, and birds, too, if we listen closely enough.) With so much construction already going on in the streets and lots of JP and just starting big-time in Forest Hills, the loud back-up beepers on construction vehicles are beeping regularly and widely. The...

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Editorial: A cultural master plan

May 22, 2015
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Another week, another master plan from Mayor Walsh’s administration. The “Boston Creates” arts and cultural “blueprint” sounds like another good big-picture approach from the new mayor. And it is fitting that the process kicks off in JP, the home to a wealth of art galleries, creative youth programs, musicians of all types, historic resources,...

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Editorial: JP talk

May 22, 2015
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It’s a tribute to JP’s cultural vitality that we can learn so much about the issues of the day thanks to the efforts of local organizations like the Jamaica Plain Forum and residents involved in the NoBoston2024 movement. The JP Forum regularly brings in high-profile speakers with well-timed relevance. This month, it will feature...

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Letter: A different, supportive view of 3200 Washington project

May 22, 2015
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I have to respectfully disagree with my neighbor in her letter to the editor in your May 8 issue regarding the pros and cons of the development at 3200 Washington St. (“3200 Washington project sets a bad precedent,” May 8.) Like her, I live very close to the site and will feel the impact...

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Letter: Development is changing JP’s character

May 22, 2015
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When I moved to Jamaica Plain 25 years ago, $180,000 bought a home with land. The interest was high (18 percent), but it was a better investment than buying a six-room condo in Brookline for the same money. Over the years, Jamaica Plain became increasingly popular because of its eclectic and inclusive neighborhoods, its...

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Editorial: Roslindale Neighbors

May 8, 2015
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The Gazette makes its twice-a-year visit to Roslindale this week. You could call it a meeting of old friends, and we tend to use the term “neighbors,” but JP and Rozzie are more like siblings joined at the hip by Arnold Arboretum. We’re both diverse neighborhoods with rich social histories but also facing—and embracing—a...

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Editorial: Fix the DND map

May 8, 2015
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It’s great that Mayor Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development have created the city’s first comprehensive student housing report. It is not great that DND continues to poison its reports by using an old BRA map that was never correct. We have warned of this repeatedly, and here we go again. JP as...

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Letter: 3200 Washington project sets a bad precedent

May 8, 2015
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The pending approval of 76 residential units for a new development at the old Economy Plumbing site on Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley streets sets a series of bad precedents for development of the entire JP Washington Street corridor. The proposed 3200 Washington St. project overwhelms the surrounding community in both size and...

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JP Observer: Like buying locally? Support the state business aid budget

April 24, 2015
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Bella Luna, The Blue Nile, Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo, Mike’s Fitness, El Oriental de Cuba, City Feed and Supply, Xposure by Noél and the Tony Williams Dance Center (home to BalletRox, which produces the Urban Nutcracker)… These are just some of the popular local businesses that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has...

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Editorial: JP’s great kids

April 24, 2015
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Our regular “JP Kids” special section this spring once again shows the creativity of local youths and the grown-ups who support them all around the neighborhood. At the Mission Hill K-8 in central JP, the kids are teaching us about ancient Nubia. At the British School in Jamaica Hills, the kids competed in a...

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