Opinion

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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Letter: JPNC was wrong to reject 3200 Washington

July 24, 2015
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We were disappointed to read about the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s summary rejection of a proposed rental housing development on Washington Street near Egleston Square (“JPNC votes down 3200 Washington St. proposal,” July 3.) The decision is problematic for a number of reasons: the lack of due process undermines the Council’s credibility; the decision...

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Letter: Casey project means less bridge, more sky

July 24, 2015
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I have lived directly across from the Casey Overpass, literally a stone’s throw, for almost 20 years. Every day, I have looked out my front window and saw it smack in front of me. Every day, I walked in its shadow. The bridge has been the dominant feature in our neighborhood for almost our...

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Letter: Imagine a World Cup in Olympic bidders’ back yards

July 24, 2015
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As chair of the recently formed Boston 2026 Committee, which seeks to bring the 2026 World Cup soccer games to Boston, I would like to disclose an important detail about our bid to FIFA: Most of the soccer matches will be held in Boston 2024 board member John Fish’s and board chair Steve Pagliuca’s...

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Letter: It’s not too late to replace Casey with a new bridge

July 24, 2015
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The letter in the July 3 issue of the Jamaica Plain Gazette signed by four state reps., a state senator and three city councilors, “How to give your Casey demolition input,” amounts to rearranging the deck chairs while the Titanic is going down. When Interstate 95 was planned to go through our town in...

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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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