Opinion

JP Observer: Food pantry in, by and for JP needs support

August 28, 2015
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The historic First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, whose clock looks out over the Monument Square Historic District, also houses a unique human service effort. Seventeen volunteers from JP manage and staff a food pantry there that provides basic staples for free to other local people who are in need. The church, the...

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Editorial: Gentrifying Egleston Square

August 28, 2015
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The 3200 Washington St. project and its approval by the Boston Redevelopment Board is just another reminder that the neighborhood and city is rapidly changing. Activists fought to keep Egleston Square affordable to friends, family and themselves, only to began to feel the first waves of gentrification hit that area. Those activists are part...

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Letter: Another successful Regan League year

August 28, 2015
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The 46th season of the JP Regan Youth League has come to a close with another great year of close pennant races, exciting playoff games, and new friendships and memories. The League continued to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood, with 850 boys and girls playing more than 300 games on fields across Jamaica...

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Letter: The BRA is lost

August 28, 2015
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Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), where are you going? After two years of requests from Egleston Square groups for help in neighborhood planning, you finally show up with a full-scale “Open House,” an approach to help out the neighborhood create a comprehensive plan for revitalizing the neighborhood in a healthy way for everyone. Then, two...

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Guest Op-Ed: Mayor’s New Number is 311

August 28, 2015
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the mayor’s 24-hour...

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Editorial: Good riddance, Boston 2024; Welcome, Boston 2030

August 7, 2015
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Boston—with significant JP influence—made history today in establishing a new model of fighting off the crony-capitalist scam that is the Olympics. Next, Boston can make another kind of history by establishing a new model of true urban planning: Mayor Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 effort. We specifically expect that planning to address sensible assistance for...

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Letter: Franklin Park – more than just a dead Olympics bid

August 7, 2015
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Though the Olympic 2024 bid caused a great deal of commotion amongst Bostonians this summer, activities in Franklin Park have continued as vibrant and fun as ever. From the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park concert series, to Salsa in Franklin Park, to the fourth year of line dancing with Angie Dickerson (a.k.a. Mz....

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Editorial: Good riddance, Boston 2024; Welcome, Boston 2030

July 27, 2015
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Boston—with significant JP influence—made history today in establishing a new model of fighting off the crony-capitalist scam that is the Olympics. Next, Boston can make another kind of history by establishing a new model of true urban planning: Mayor Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 effort. We specifically expect that planning to address sensible assistance for...

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JP Observer: Action is needed to preserve JP’s middle class

July 24, 2015
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Boston, like most major cites in the U.S., is losing its middle class, according to the Brookings Institute and others looking at demographic trends. A large middle class is what anchors and stabilizes the working life of a city. A strong middle class and a range of housing choices are important contributors to a...

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Editorial: A good choice for the BRA board

July 24, 2015
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Last year, Mayor Walsh showed good judgment in selecting JP resident and respected architecture expert Ted Landsmark for service on the Boston Redevelopment Authority board. The mayor is showing similar wisdom in nominating Carol Downs, the co-founder of the Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge. We urge the Boston City Council to confirm...

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