Opinion

Editorial: Not a landing zone

August 12, 2011
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The landing of a helicopter on the Agassiz School roof on July 28 was a military exercise—an exercise in poor judgment, that is. Use of the empty school for unarmed commando training is fine, if surprising, and JP should be proud of its contribution to readying our nation’s outstanding special forces. But the secret...

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Editorial: Fund the Arborway Yard

August 12, 2011
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The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) bus facility grant program is not likely to see a more worthy applicant than the Arborway Yard. The proposed bus facility at Washington Street and the Arborway would be a state-of-the-art home for some of the busiest bus lines in a public transit-dependent major city. The plan also would...

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Preocupación

August 12, 2011
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La palabra del momento es preocupación. La usamos indistintamente como la reacción más generalizada a la situación que nos ha puesto la economía; es decir, la economía que no manejamos. No estamos hablando de los grandes inversionistas o de los capitalistas que ya tienen la suya desde que salieron los calificativos que hacen pensar...

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Our perfect little corner of the world

August 12, 2011
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By Dan Janis Special to the Gazette When the doors open at Green Street and I hop off the Orange Line, my blood pressure goes down a little and I breathe a little easier. Downtown is for stress and working. Jamaica Plain is for living. Everyone thinks their neighborhood is perfect, but as we...

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Get sandwich boards off sidewalks

August 12, 2011
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In response to Sandra Storey’s “JP Observer” piece (“JP streets: The orderly and the ugly,” July 22) that pointed out that City-planted trees and their “pits” use up too much sidewalk width and obstruct pedestrian traffic, I would like to suggest a faster solution. The City should enforce its law prohibiting sidewalk sandwich-board advertising...

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Asking too much of Whole Foods

August 12, 2011
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While I have no particular interest in whether or not Whole Foods moves into Jamaica Plain, I find I am wondering what other new businesses in Jamaica Plain have been placed under such scrutiny. Why has it been asked to set up an affordable housing trust fund; undertake a traffic study; commit to a...

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JP streets: The orderly and the ugly

July 22, 2011
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Here in Jamaica Plain, where the shopping districts consist of long corridors, the extended buffer between pedestrians and vehicles makes an important first impression. As soon as the City of Boston put down the bike lanes and related lines on the South/Centre/S. Huntington corridors last year, the business districts seemed to improve. Sure, it...

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IdeAZ: Y usted, ¿qué dice?

July 22, 2011
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La llegada de Whole Foods sigue siendo el asunto más controversial para Jamaica Plain y vecindarios cercanos. Tras una cantidad de reuniones, promesas y hasta escaramusas de enfrentamiento, hay gran expectativa por saber cómo se desarrollará una reunión comunitaria que ha sido convocada por el Consejo del Vecindario para el martes 26, de la...

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Editorial: The BRA gets census data right

July 22, 2011
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Jamaica Plain’s police station is finally in JP. So are the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and last week’s Lantern Festival. Weren’t they always, you ask? Not according to U.S. Census data as reported by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and used by all city agencies. Not until this year, after 40 years of...

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Op-Ed: Harry Potter story isn’t over

July 22, 2011
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By Alicia Perez, Special to the Gazette For months, Warner Brothers has been promoting the final Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2,” as the official end to the Harry Potter franchise, the end of a generation. The media, of course, has been eating it all up. News organizations and magazines...

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