Opinion

Editorial: Hubway welcome, secrecy not

October 11, 2013
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The Hubway bike share system is a welcome, long-requested addition to JP. That only makes the City of Boston’s arrogant secrecy over choosing its locations all the more perplexing. Hubway has been a success by any measure, and stations in such outlying neighborhoods as JP are an important part of its expanding web, to...

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Editorial: JPNC involvement

October 11, 2013
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It is our duty to encourage JP residents to vote in the Oct. 19 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council election. But we recognize that enthusiasm will be hard to muster for a noncompetitive election whose results are essentially already known. So we also will encourage residents to seek appointment to fill the JPNC’s eight empty...

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Politics as Unusual: The old school, not New Boston, will decide this race

October 8, 2013
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For Bostonians who have been monitoring our race for mayor, the grind and bustle couldn’t possibly pump at a faster pace. One minute, everyone from columnists to online commenters are hammering the candidates about union pay raises and arbitration dilemmas. A day later, the same horde seemingly forgets there’s an election underway, gets wildly...

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Politics as Unusual: Union-bashing blames victims, overlooks bank blood money

October 1, 2013
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There’s a dangerous dialogue undermining the mayoral race. It’s irrationally contemptuous of organized labor, and is reflective of the rhetorical course that America is increasingly embarking on, in which economic realities are distorted by ignorance. In the past week, since Bostonians chose John Connolly and Marty Walsh to advance past the preliminary, there’s been...

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Politics as Unusual: After Election Day, 2 winners and a million questions

September 27, 2013
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The preliminary gauntlet we just pulled through was a fabulously bloodless municipal massacre, the kind of free-for-all preliminary that inspires thrilling political prose, and that makes, breaks and cremates careers. In the process—and certainly in the immediate aftermath—we’ve learned lots about our modern city, like that “labor” and “Irish” are still positive concepts around...

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JP Observer: Three things to make JP’s great restaurants better

September 27, 2013
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Jamaica Plain’s restaurants and cafes are really something, aren’t they? We have quantity, quality and great variety here. JP’s eateries help make shopping districts and sub-neighborhoods into destinations, so they increase and promote business and lively activity. The number of restaurants seems to be expanding. If you count coffee shops that serve food and...

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Editorial: Congrats to winners–and also-rans

September 27, 2013
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We congratulate Marty Walsh and John Connolly on their top-two finishes in Tuesday’s mayoral election and we look forward to seeing them lay out compelling visions for Boston’s future in the coming weeks. Through hard, thorough campaigning, in JP and around the city, they earned their win. Now they will work even harder to...

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Letter: SNA’s ideas for improving Commons at Forest Hills

September 27, 2013
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The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (SNA) is excited to engage the development team and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in the review process for the Commons at Forest Hills project proposed for the Hughes Oil site on Washington Street just north of Forest Hills station. (“Commons at Forest Hills comment period extended,” Sept. 13.) We...

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Politics as Unusual: After Election Day, 2 winners and a million questions

September 25, 2013
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The preliminary gauntlet we just pulled through was a fabulously bloodless municipal massacre, the kind of free-for-all preliminary that inspires thrilling political prose, and that makes, breaks and cremates careers. In the process—and certainly in the immediate aftermath—we’ve learned lots about our modern city, like that “labor” and “Irish” are still positive concepts around...

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Politics as Unusual: On election eve, a robust refresher on the race thus far

September 17, 2013
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As a master rhetorical chef at the baloney buffet that is our 2013 mayoral race, I’m officially lost in the kitchen. After writing two-dozen columns on the contest and attending more than that many forums—and in the process waxing on everything from real estate and transportation to petty ward minutiae—it seems ridiculous to forge...

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