Opinion

Whole Foods a positive change

July 8, 2011
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I myself welcome Whole Foods in my neighborhood. I believe Whole Foods will bring a lot of positive and good things to Jamaica Plain: hopefully the betterment of the economy and safety by bringing more customers to the neighborhood, and more eyewitnesses to watch for any crime. Hopefully, they will make it a priority...

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Crack down on cars, not bikes

July 8, 2011
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This letter is in response to David White’s letter of June 24 suggesting the city crack down on bicyclists to make our streets safer. If one is really concerned about public safety on the streets of Boston, they should focus on doing something about car drivers who: 1) run red lights, often when pedestrians...

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Whose Foods impedes diversity

July 8, 2011
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Far from promoting diversity, Whose Foods’ tooth-and-nail opposition to Whole Foods coming to Hyde Square actually impedes diversity. Think about it. The short strip of Centre Street between Hyde and Jackson Squares contains: A Boston Housing Authority resident-managed community Single-family houses Triple-deckers Affordable and market-rate condos Inexpensive luncheonettes and ethnic restaurants A mid-tier restaurant...

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JP Observer: Who’s who at Forest Hills Cemetery?

June 24, 2011
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Jamaica Plain lost hours of poetry, music, history and art walks, visual art exhibits, local history research, school tours, workshops, birding expeditions and annual Mexican- and Japanese-influenced festivals when all programs at Forest Hills Cemetery were suspended early this year. The audiences for the cemetery’s unique arts and cultural programs often turned into customers...

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Suciedad y tickets

June 24, 2011
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Cuidado con las multas en parqueos del MBTA: Subirán dos mil por ciento; eso quiere decir que si les debia un dólar, apenas entre en vigencia la nueva medida les deberá $21. Se pusieron muy duros  y los tickets tendrán que ser pagados SI O SI, porque tienen amenazas contra la licencia de conductor...

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JP should reunite around youths

June 24, 2011
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Jamaica Plain has been weakened and divided against itself by the direction that the Whole Foods controversy has taken. “Haves” rail against “have-nots” online. (“They should learn to eat right!”) Conservative yuppies make public their indifference to the needs of ethnic food shoppers and financially struggling Hyde Square residents, and Whose Foods backers shout down opposing opinions. So I want to...

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Whole Foods as gathering spot

June 24, 2011
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There is one aspect of community life that seems to have been overlooked in the discussions around the new Whole Foods store. The area in front of the Hi-Lo seemed to serve as a de facto gathering space for some Latino men from the neighborhood. Almost every time I visited Hi-Lo, there would be a group...

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Whole Foods a welcome addition

June 24, 2011
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I continue to watch in amazement over the debate about Whole Foods. An investment in our neighborhood should be a good thing. The alternative could be an empty, blighted site. We should be happy they want to come to our neighborhood, employ people and be the good neighbor that they have the reputation of being. When...

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Keeping a gentrified soul

June 24, 2011
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Dear neighbors, The real question we need to be asking ourselves is: How can we keep our souls and live in a gentrified neighborhood at the same time? Why don’t we all: greet our neighbors on the street. support Spontaneous Celebrations (or one of the many neighborhood organizations) with presence and cash. shop locally...

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Psychic story was predictably refreshing

June 24, 2011
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Given that the debate over Whole Foods has been so vitriolic, I was charmed by the article in which a reporter visited a psychic to ask what the future of Whole Foods in the neighborhood was (“Psychic: Hyde Square future can’t be seen,” June 10). Quite a funny idea, and a nice breath of...

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