Opinion

Editorial: Passing the political torch

December 20, 2013
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With the New Year will come a new mayor for the first time in a generation. We thank outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino for his tireless devotion to the city and its neighborhoods. Menino was a great promoter of the idea that Boston is only as strong as its neighborhoods, and he regularly looked to...

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Editorial: Viva Centre Street Cafe!

December 20, 2013
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The prospect of Tres Gatos purchasing the Centre Street Café is great news for JP’s local business scene. Local leaders should do whatever is needed to support the deal and see it through. A cozy place with an always surprising menu, Centre Street Café is a neighborhood institution. Its Sunday brunch line is one...

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Editorial: Happy holidays

December 20, 2013
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With the holidays here and the official start of winter on the way, we hope you enjoy this unique time of celebration and reflection. Hanukkah, the Jewish commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, ended earlier this month. On Christmas, Dec. 25, Christians mark the birth of Jesus. The winter solstice...

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Letter: JPNC lawsuit wasn’t frivolous

December 20, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Gazette has now, hopefully, written its final confusing and inaccurate commentary in a long line of such articles over the course of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s lawsuit against the developer of the former site of the Home for Little Wanderers. (“The JPNC lawsuit settlement,” editorial, Dec. 6.) The most recent...

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Editorial: The JPNC lawsuit settlement

December 6, 2013
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We previously said that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s quixotic lawsuit against the 161 S. Huntington Ave. development was a must-win if the council was to retain its political credibility. It turns out that the JPNC has technically neither won or lost. But it is doubtful that the concessions it wrung from a settlement...

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Editorial: Welcome back, JP Progressives

December 6, 2013
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The return of the JP Progressives group is a welcome development in JP’s political life. Skilled at holding forums and questioning candidates, JP Progressives was influential in the 2009 mayoral race. One did not have to share their political leanings to get oodles of valuable information from their events and candidate questionnaires. Now the...

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Editorial: English High’s champs

December 6, 2013
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Congratulations to English High’s football team for triumphing in its annual Thanksgiving Day battle with Boston Latin at Harvard Stadium. The school football rivalry goes back more than 125 years, and this is the first time English has won since 1997. That is a long time even to those of us who were not...

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JP Observer: One small neighborhood, many major issues

November 22, 2013
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Wow! I knew JP’s Stonybrook neighborhood was active, but I was shocked when I moved to this dense, friendly neighborhood between Forest Hills, Franklin Park and Washington Street. I had heard and read about the issues facing my new neighbors, but I didn’t realize how large and complex they are until they were in...

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Editorial: The nonprofit move-outs

November 22, 2013
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ESAC’s move out of Jamaica Plain apparently will not undermine its key organizing role in Egleston Square. But when the annual “Taste of JP” event will now be staged by a Dorchester-based organization, it’s time to take stock of where JP’s nonprofit sector is headed. Boston’s gentrification crisis in residential housing was finally, and...

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Editorial: Good luck to Main Streets head

November 22, 2013
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In another big change for Egleston Square, JP resident Betsy Cowan is leaving her job as director of the area’s Main Streets nonprofit to take a City business development position. Cowan has been an extraordinarily productive leader for a sub-neighborhood that needs strong support. Her business boosterism was made credible by her honesty about...

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