Opinion

More Arboretum observations

October 9, 2015
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Terry Wells seems to think that by questioning the veracity of reported events and people’s complaints about unleashed dogs, and throwing up unrelated issues, he can make the problem of unleashed dogs go away. The heron attack was witnessed; the attackers were unleashed domestic dogs, not coyotes (which have been reported in the Arboretum,...

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Even more Arboretum observations

October 9, 2015
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It is not often that one finds the voice of reason and neutrality in the Letters column of any newspaper. Terry Wells offered both in last week’s “Letters” (Sept. 25.) The letter lacked the anger, hostility and outrage that often motivates one to write on a controversial subject. Instead the writer asked for reasoned...

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Affordable housing

October 9, 2015
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I was disappointed in the lack of leadership from Mayor Walsh, the Office of Neighborhood Services and City Councilor Matt O’Malley in their final decision to support the 3200 Washington St. project at the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Sept. 15. Perhaps the mayor, Councilor O’Malley and some residents were swayed by the...

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JP Observer: JP can reduce its use of fossil fuels

September 25, 2015
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette “Can JP Power Itself?” was the tantalizing title of a community gathering and potluck sponsored by JP NET (New Economy Transition) and JP Forum on July 29. Related questions were posed: Can Jamaica Plain transition away from fossil fuels? Reduce its carbon footprint? What would be the...

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Zoning Board of Asinine

September 25, 2015
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The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals recently gave the OK to two construction projects—one at 40 Lochstead Road and another at 46 Eliot St. The applicants had asked for the ZBA hearing to be deferred. The City’s neighborhood liaison Jullieanne Doherty supported the applicants’ desire for deferment. Neither project went through the normal community...

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Washington St./Columbus Ave.

September 25, 2015
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It is welcome news that the Washington Street/Columbus Avenue corridor study could lead to new zoning for that area by the summer of 2015. But the question begs to be asked: Why did it take so long? Local state Rep. Liz Malia, other elected officials, and residents have long sought a study for that...

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Letter: Off-leash dogs in Arboretum

September 25, 2015
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I was sad and angry to learn that off-leash dogs had killed a great blue heron in the Arnold Arboretum. This heron, a long-time resident, was one of the finest birds in the Arboretum, which is JP’s great treasure. Off-leash dogs have proliferated beyond control in the Arboretum. Peters Hill, in particular, has become...

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Letter: Arboretum observations

September 25, 2015
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First off, I am not a dog owner but I have friends who are and visit the Arboretum a couple of times a week with their canine companions and on occasion I tag along. My observations follow. I wonder if anyone has considered the possibility that it was coyotes that attacked the unfortunate blue...

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Letter: 3200 Washington St.

September 25, 2015
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In regards to your article on the BRA’s approval of 3200 Washington St. development project, please take the time to seek out local residents in support of the project to give balance to your reporting.  While project supports aren’t as vocal, they are numerous, and recognize the desperate need for new housing in Jamaica...

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Letter: Affordable-housing policy

September 25, 2015
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The housing crisis in our city and neighborhood requires bold moves—and soon. As neighborhood-based groups that are daily witnesses to the displacement of low-income people by an unrelenting increase in housing prices, we are writing to ask residents to let Mayor Walsh know they want changes in the City’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) that...

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