Opinion

Letter: Better traffic data needed for Casey design

April 13, 2012
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I’ve spent 12 years working on the Arborway Yard, two years on the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative. I’m fairly well acquainted with issues that concern residents of the Forest Hills area, especially traffic and transit. As a Casey Overpass project WAG member, I represented 300 residences of the Stonybrook neighborhood, which is used as cut-through...

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Letter: Occupy JP remains active

April 13, 2012
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To quote Mark Twain, news of our death has been greatly exaggerated (“Occupy JP continues with fewer members,” March 16). OJP, and Occupy as a whole, are definitely not socialist groups. Occupy is a diverse group. Our members are Democrats, independents, moderates, faith-based activists–and yes, some socialists of various stripes. All are people who...

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Editorial: The 7th lane

April 13, 2012
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Perhaps MassDOT believes it is now beyond needing credibility to execute its vision for the Casey Arborway project. Why else would it present an altered design in a community meeting—without mentioning the alteration? The addition of the so-called seventh lane—actually a partial left-turn lane—to the design feeds criticism that the planning is insular and...

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Editorial: The T cut success

April 13, 2012
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The MBTA’s fare boost and service cuts are a clear success. Not at serving the public—especially where some of JP’s most transit-needing residents are concerned. Rather, in finally drawing serious attention to the dire state of the T’s finances. MBTA Acting General Manager Jonathan Davis is to be commended for creating a brilliant fear...

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Editorial: S. Huntington luxuries

April 13, 2012
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The Green Line cuts come just in time to not service roughly 400 luxury apartment units coming to S. Huntington Avenue in the next few years. The apartments clearly are aimed at the doctors and grad students in the LMA and local universities so easily accessed by the streetcar, which won’t run on weekends...

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Op-Ed: Good reasons to make JP shine on April 28

April 13, 2012
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Twenty-eight years ago, in the first year after its election, the Flynn Administration organized volunteer neighborhood cleanups throughout the city, today known as Boston Shines. Michael Reiskind and I were so impressed with the results and enthusiasm shown by our JP neighbors and friends that we decided to repeat the event the following year....

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JP Observer: JP has dozens of ‘arts centers’

March 30, 2012
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Fifteen years ago, Jamaica Plain’s Multicultural Arts Center had to vacate its large, prominent Centre Street space because it was having trouble paying the rent, causing much upset in the community. But no one is complaining about space for the arts in JP now. J.P. Licks later bought the former fire station and has...

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Editorial: The Casey criticism

March 30, 2012
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Bridging Forest Hills, the group opposing the Casey Parkway plan in favor of a new bridge, is engaged in the sort of dubious public process it aims to criticize. Slanted meetings misleadingly advertised as objective ones. Flyers with a casual treatment of known facts and rhetoric that stirs emotion rather than marshaling evidence. It’s...

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Editorial: What’s in a street name

March 30, 2012
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The roadway that will replace the Casey Overpass has been hastily—too hastily—renamed the “Casey Arborway.” The overpass is a gap in a roadway that already has a name: simply, the Arborway. Indeed, one of the arguments in favor of the surface-street option for the overpass replacement was that it restores and reconnects the Arborway,...

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Op-Ed: On Easter, remembering that light overcomes darkness

March 30, 2012
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By Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Special to the Gazette Easter always begins in darkness. The women who were with Jesus had seen their friend and teacher tortured and killed. They watched as his lifeless body was placed in the cold tomb; then they went home and waited in despair for the Sabbath to end.  Having...

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