Opinion

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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Editorial: A portrait in activism

April 10, 2015
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The near-completion of Janice Rogovin’s documentary about Carlos Arredondo is good news for those who know him only as the cowboy-hat-clad hero of the Boston Marathon bombing. Those of us who covered Arredondo’s activism in JP and elsewhere for years—and often saw Janice at work on the film—know his story is more complex and...

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Editorial: Review Bicon—and ISD

April 10, 2015
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Thank you to City Councilor Ayanna Pressley for calling out Bicon Dental Implants for its apparent straw purchase of a house against the owners’ wishes, and for calling for further review of its planned expansion. We will add that ISD’s treatment of Bicon should be watched just as closely. Bicon appears to have a...

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Editorial: JP’s Olympic answers

April 10, 2015
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That Boston 2024 chose to sort-of apologize for its disrespectful charade of a Franklin Park meeting, not locally, but in a friendly Boston Globe article is typical of its cluelessness. That Boston 2024 has done nothing to change its process—if anything, it has become even more secretive—is no surprise. Capping this is Boston 2024...

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