Opinion

Editorial: DND must fix its map

September 26, 2014
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The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development must stop using its incorrect neighborhood map to analyze data. One might think it goes without saying that a City department should not knowingly use deliberately incorrect information. Alas, it does not. We had to say it over and over until the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which first created...

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Letter: Pedestrians can be a bike path danger

September 26, 2014
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I am homeowner and mother of two children living in Jamaica Plain. I enjoy the Southwest Corridor several times each day, as a runner, a cyclist and a pedestrian with children. Most everyone who uses the Southwest Corridor prefers to use the bike lane for a variety of reasons. Cyclists are happy that this...

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Letter: Park committee welcomes ideas for path safety

September 26, 2014
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I am writing in response to the recent letter about a conflict on the Southwest Corridor Park bike path. (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path,” Sept. 12.) I’m a volunteer with the park and with the Southwest Corridor’s Parkland Management Advisory Committe. PMAC has been working with the state Department of...

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Letter: Take a pledge against texting while driving

September 26, 2014
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Texting and driving has become a serious public safety hazard in recent years. While we’ve passed laws to outlaw it and will continue to punish people who cause an accident, we must educate drivers before more people are hurt or killed. My colleagues and I at City Hall are working to spread the word...

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Editorial: Welcome to JP

September 12, 2014
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We welcome the many new residents who arrived in JP this month. For those of us who have lived or worked here for a year, a decade or a lifetime, there can only be envy for those who are enjoying their first experiences of the great things this neighborhood offers. A stroll around the...

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Editorial: Arroyo the right choice to lead court

September 12, 2014
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Felix D. Arroyo, a well-regarded local political figure, will be the next register of the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court. Voters made the right choice in electing him. Arroyo has a long track record as a progressive leader in Boston, including advising former Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1980s and leading the Boston...

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Letter: Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path

September 12, 2014
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I am a resident of Jamaica Plain and a taxpayer for the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the federal government of the United States. I am a U.S. citizen, born and raised in JP and Roxbury. I am also a pedestrian who doesn’t drive or ride a bike. I walk and take the T....

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Letter: Join the People’s Climate March

September 12, 2014
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Dear Neighbors, Some of you may know me through my house, JP Green House. My family and I built one of the first “carbon-neutral” houses in Jamaica Plain—rehabbing a hundred-year-old corner store in the Woodbourne neighborhood. With the addition of solar panels this year, we are now “energy positive”—the house creates more energy than...

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JP Observer: On public issues, let’s not overlook the intangibles

August 29, 2014
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“If donors had their way,” an out-of-state college administrator told me in confidence years ago, “this campus would be crowded with benches. Everywhere you look you would see benches, many with plaques with people’s names on them.” The crowd stared out the windows, apparently imagining the scene. “So many people want the money they...

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Editorial: Remembering JP activists

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has lost two of the people who embodied and helped create what “Jamaica Plain” means today. Carlos Icaza was a classic JP community activist, working both in high-profile leadership positions and behind the scenes to improve the neighborhood for more than 35 years. Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno was among the many people...

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