Opinion

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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JP Observer: Construction back-up beepers need to be changed

May 22, 2015
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It’s spring. We can hear the big trucks chirping outside. (Oh, yes, and birds, too, if we listen closely enough.) With so much construction already going on in the streets and lots of JP and just starting big-time in Forest Hills, the loud back-up beepers on construction vehicles are beeping regularly and widely. The...

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Editorial: A cultural master plan

May 22, 2015
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Another week, another master plan from Mayor Walsh’s administration. The “Boston Creates” arts and cultural “blueprint” sounds like another good big-picture approach from the new mayor. And it is fitting that the process kicks off in JP, the home to a wealth of art galleries, creative youth programs, musicians of all types, historic resources,...

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Editorial: JP talk

May 22, 2015
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It’s a tribute to JP’s cultural vitality that we can learn so much about the issues of the day thanks to the efforts of local organizations like the Jamaica Plain Forum and residents involved in the NoBoston2024 movement. The JP Forum regularly brings in high-profile speakers with well-timed relevance. This month, it will feature...

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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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