Opinion

Letter: A different, supportive view of 3200 Washington project

May 22, 2015
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I have to respectfully disagree with my neighbor in her letter to the editor in your May 8 issue regarding the pros and cons of the development at 3200 Washington St. (“3200 Washington project sets a bad precedent,” May 8.) Like her, I live very close to the site and will feel the impact...

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Letter: Development is changing JP’s character

May 22, 2015
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When I moved to Jamaica Plain 25 years ago, $180,000 bought a home with land. The interest was high (18 percent), but it was a better investment than buying a six-room condo in Brookline for the same money. Over the years, Jamaica Plain became increasingly popular because of its eclectic and inclusive neighborhoods, its...

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Editorial: Roslindale Neighbors

May 8, 2015
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The Gazette makes its twice-a-year visit to Roslindale this week. You could call it a meeting of old friends, and we tend to use the term “neighbors,” but JP and Rozzie are more like siblings joined at the hip by Arnold Arboretum. We’re both diverse neighborhoods with rich social histories but also facing—and embracing—a...

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Editorial: Fix the DND map

May 8, 2015
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It’s great that Mayor Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development have created the city’s first comprehensive student housing report. It is not great that DND continues to poison its reports by using an old BRA map that was never correct. We have warned of this repeatedly, and here we go again. JP as...

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Letter: 3200 Washington project sets a bad precedent

May 8, 2015
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The pending approval of 76 residential units for a new development at the old Economy Plumbing site on Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley streets sets a series of bad precedents for development of the entire JP Washington Street corridor. The proposed 3200 Washington St. project overwhelms the surrounding community in both size and...

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JP Observer: Like buying locally? Support the state business aid budget

April 24, 2015
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Bella Luna, The Blue Nile, Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo, Mike’s Fitness, El Oriental de Cuba, City Feed and Supply, Xposure by Noél and the Tony Williams Dance Center (home to BalletRox, which produces the Urban Nutcracker)… These are just some of the popular local businesses that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) has...

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Editorial: JP’s great kids

April 24, 2015
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Our regular “JP Kids” special section this spring once again shows the creativity of local youths and the grown-ups who support them all around the neighborhood. At the Mission Hill K-8 in central JP, the kids are teaching us about ancient Nubia. At the British School in Jamaica Hills, the kids competed in a...

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Editorial: The City’s new smoke-filled room

April 24, 2015
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There are many perplexing ironies to Mayor Walsh’s rapid embrace of the Olympics bid. Elected as a populist, collaborative leader focused on the city’s working and middle classes, Walsh has made many strides on that platform—yet he inexplicably linked up with the elitist, exclusive, secretive Boston 2024. Nowhere is the irony more dissonant than...

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Letter: Gazette’s Wilkerson coverage was an insult to JP

April 24, 2015
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I was disappointed that the Gazette thought running an article on Dianne Wilkerson was good news and that she deserved a photo on the front page. (“The return of Dianne Wilkerson,” March 27.) In addition, your article seemed to offer support for her to get back into politics. Dianne Wilkerson deserves a new start,...

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Letter: Gazette’s JP@Home coverage was too narrow

April 24, 2015
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While Peter Shanley’s article about the launch of JP@Home is accurate as far as it goes (“JP@Home senior living group launches,” April 20), it’s missing some important ingredients. The article described the purpose of the group as “enabling to live in private housing rather than a nursing home.” Typical of many scenarios about...

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