Opinion

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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Letter: On the passing of a pub

September 25, 2015
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It was stunning—like the unannounced and immediate passing of a friend—a loved one. I thought that the person who told me that the pub known as James’s Gate had closed was misinformed. But alas, it was true. For years, I have carved lines in the Cheshire barstools that adorn the mystical pub known as...

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Editorial: Functioning government

September 11, 2015
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Having public meetings to discuss ideas is an integral part of a functional and healthy government. But those ideas have to bear fruit in a timely fashion for people to respect and trust their government. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation held a community meeting more than two years ago on improving access...

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Editorial: Democracy!

September 11, 2015
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Democracy was in its finest form on Sept. 8 for the City’s preliminary election. A robust 7 percent of voters turned out for two competitive City Council races out of a possible 10. City officials ensured that the election would be a raving success, selecting the day after Labor Day and the start of...

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JP Observer: Food pantry in, by and for JP needs support

August 28, 2015
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The historic First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, whose clock looks out over the Monument Square Historic District, also houses a unique human service effort. Seventeen volunteers from JP manage and staff a food pantry there that provides basic staples for free to other local people who are in need. The church, the...

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Editorial: Gentrifying Egleston Square

August 28, 2015
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The 3200 Washington St. project and its approval by the Boston Redevelopment Board is just another reminder that the neighborhood and city is rapidly changing. Activists fought to keep Egleston Square affordable to friends, family and themselves, only to began to feel the first waves of gentrification hit that area. Those activists are part...

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