Opinion

Editorial: JP Porchfest returns

July 3, 2015
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Almost 130 bands at 72 JP homes? And dance parties and performances all over the neighborhood, with an eye to including virtually everyone? The Jamaica Plain Porchfest has remarkable growth and organizing wisdom for an event that returns for only its second year on July 11. What a tribute to the creativity of JP’s...

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Editorial: The Olympic legacy of a corrupted process

July 3, 2015
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Boston 2024 returned to Jamaica Plain this week with yet another cynically artificial meeting. This time, it was a mockery of the charrette format real urban planners might use; the type of input Boston 2024 directly refused to give JP at the beginning, when it still mattered. There are possible fringe benefits to an...

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Letter: How to give your Casey demolition input

July 3, 2015
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Since the closure of the Casey Overpass last month, commuters have faced infuriating traffic. In the planning phases, both supporters and opponents of the project envisioned some disruption; they were right. Navigating major construction is hard and time-consuming. Although state and city transportation officials make real-time adjustments based on around-the-clock traffic monitoring, they cannot...

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Letter: Demolition

July 3, 2015
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Demolition By Aimée Sands   Skin of the day peeling slow on the spit grease and grace sliding away, our bridge falling, knocked to rubble, cables split   and writhing from concrete, Medusan snakes – light yawning in the gap where darkness stood. Piledrivers bang all night, the neighbors wake and brood, the beams,...

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JP Observer: Networking and space-making are keys to Cultural Plan

June 19, 2015
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The auditorium at English High School on McBride Street here buzzed with excitement on the evening of June 2 as nearly all the seats were filled with artists and art supporters from around the city. The “Boston Creates Town Hall” launched the first comprehensive arts and cultural planning process for Boston anyone can remember....

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Letter: Thanks for Kelly Rink support

June 19, 2015
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The Friends of the Kelly Rink would like to thank all those who made the past ice-skating season a success at the outdoor Kelly Rink behind the Stony Brook T stop. The Kelly Rink is owned and operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Friends is...

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Letter: Thank library Friends, not leadership, for better branches

June 19, 2015
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With all the controversy involving the Boston Public Library, I believe that some recent library history has been forgotten. It was not the Board of Trustees and President Amy Ryan who were largely responsible for revitalizing the branches. It was the patrons and Friends groups who fought to keep branches open when the board...

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Editorial: Farewell to Sam

June 5, 2015
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It takes a lot of activists to make a great neighborhood. Sam Sherwood, whose death earlier this year was recently announced, was among JP’s best. Sam, typically in concert with Sarah Freeman, worked tirelessly on park preservation, pedestrian safety and a host of other results-scoring quality-of-life improvements. He was a strong advocate for the...

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Editorial: JP thanks a letter carrier

June 5, 2015
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The U.S. Postal Service does not win a lot of popularity contests these days. In fact, JP has complained about it loudly in recent years, with shifting routes and a bewildering mystery as to whether the local post office would remain open. Of course, part of the reason for such upset is that people...

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Op-Ed: Imagining a new Boston for 2030

June 5, 2015
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh/Special to the Gazette I recently announced Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide planning process in 50 years. It will be a two-year planning process to create a roadmap for success leading up to Boston’s 400th birthday. Boston is a city of neighborhoods and, more importantly, a city of neighbors...

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