Opinion

Editorial: Congrats to winners–and also-rans

September 27, 2013
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We congratulate Marty Walsh and John Connolly on their top-two finishes in Tuesday’s mayoral election and we look forward to seeing them lay out compelling visions for Boston’s future in the coming weeks. Through hard, thorough campaigning, in JP and around the city, they earned their win. Now they will work even harder to...

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Letter: SNA’s ideas for improving Commons at Forest Hills

September 27, 2013
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The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) is excited to engage the development team and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in the review process for the Commons at Forest Hills project proposed for the Hughes Oil site on Washington Street just north of Forest Hills station. (“Commons at Forest Hills comment period extended,” Sept. 13.) We...

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Politics as Unusual: After Election Day, 2 winners and a million questions

September 25, 2013
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The preliminary gauntlet we just pulled through was a fabulously bloodless municipal massacre, the kind of free-for-all preliminary that inspires thrilling political prose, and that makes, breaks and cremates careers. In the process—and certainly in the immediate aftermath—we’ve learned lots about our modern city, like that “labor” and “Irish” are still positive concepts around...

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Politics as Unusual: On election eve, a robust refresher on the race thus far

September 17, 2013
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As a master rhetorical chef at the baloney buffet that is our 2013 mayoral race, I’m officially lost in the kitchen. After writing two-dozen columns on the contest and attending more than that many forums—and in the process waxing on everything from real estate and transportation to petty ward minutiae—it seems ridiculous to forge...

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Politics as Unusual: In a dream city gov’t, most candidates would have key jobs

September 13, 2013
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I’ve already said this an embarrassing number of times in the past several months, but the pool of candidates pitching to be the next mayor of Boston is an extraordinarily gifted gaggle. Even as someone who takes pride in his significant disdain for anybody arrogant enough to seek such a mighty crown, I’ve found...

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The Guide to Jamaica Plain: Mayor Menino: Music and parks make JP great

September 13, 2013
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The Guide to Jamaica Plain: Mayor Menino: Music and parks make JP great

It is a fun, musical time in Jamaica Plain. If you haven’t seen—or heard, or played—them yet, I encourage you to stop by one of the pianos placed in the neighborhood as part of “Play Me, I’m Yours,” the Street Pianos Boston festival going on through Oct. 14. There are 75 pianos placed all...

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Editorial: Remembering 9/11

September 13, 2013
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If someone had said on Sept. 10, 2001, that America would be embroiled militarily in affairs in the Middle East for the next 12 years, one would have thought that person to be crazy. Indeed, no one would have dared predict such a scenario even on Sept. 12, 2001. But the tragic events of...

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Letter: The Home strongly supports 161 S. Huntington plan

September 13, 2013
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In light of the recent court ruling allowing the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s lawsuit against the Boston Residential Group’s (BRG) development of The Home for Little Wanderers’ property at 161 S. Huntington Ave. (“No bond needed for JPNC lawsuit appeal,” August 30), I would like to explain to the JP community at-large The Home’s...

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Politics as Unusual: In a dream city gov’t, most candidates would have key jobs

September 10, 2013
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I’ve already said this an embarrassing number of times in the past several months, but the pool of candidates pitching to be the next mayor of Boston is an extraordinarily gifted gaggle. Even as someone who takes pride in his significant disdain for anybody arrogant enough to seek such a mighty crown, I’ve found...

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Politics as Unusual: Arroyo may be just what Boston needs

September 3, 2013
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There’s a remarkable candidate for mayor who I’ve largely and unfairly ignored in more than two dozen columns I have filed on the race. I’ve mentioned him a few times—heck, I’ve even noted long-shot pro-life nutter David James Wyatt on a number of occasions—but the hopeful I’m referring to deserves close attention, if not...

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