Opinion

Editorial: The nonprofit move-outs

November 22, 2013
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ESAC’s move out of Jamaica Plain apparently will not undermine its key organizing role in Egleston Square. But when the annual “Taste of JP” event will now be staged by a Dorchester-based organization, it’s time to take stock of where JP’s nonprofit sector is headed. Boston’s gentrification crisis in residential housing was finally, and...

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Editorial: Good luck to Main Streets head

November 22, 2013
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In another big change for Egleston Square, JP resident Betsy Cowan is leaving her job as director of the area’s Main Streets nonprofit to take a City business development position. Cowan has been an extraordinarily productive leader for a sub-neighborhood that needs strong support. Her business boosterism was made credible by her honesty about...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 22, 2013
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This is the time of year to count blessings. Ours is the privilege of serving the great residents of a great neighborhood in a great city. The Gazette works not only for JP, but with JP. Many of our stories happen because of readers who love the neighborhood and contribute mightily to this paper...

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Letter: Thanks for Connolly Library Halloween support

November 22, 2013
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The 6th annual Halloween Party and Parade at the Connolly Branch Library and Hyde Square community was a spectacular success! Over 250 children and adults enjoyed a costume party with food, face-painting and pumpkin-decorating at the library before parading through Hyde Square. Led by drummers of the Heartbeat Collective, our little ghouls and goblins...

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Politics as Unusual: Walsh’s working-class concern is what the city needs

November 8, 2013
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It’s easy to retrospectively say this now that Marty Walsh has emerged as the next mayor of Boston, but for anyone who made it to the Strand Theatre in Dorchester for his Election Eve rally, it was clear that his team would reign victorious. I showed up just before the storm, and was sitting...

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Editorial: Congratulations to Walsh

November 8, 2013
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We congratulate Marty Walsh on his hard-earned victory in the Boston mayoral race. We eagerly await his administration and its promise of a City government that is more transparent, more efficient, more inclusive and more focused on equity—and just as positive about the future. We appreciated his extensive outreach in Jamaica Plain and the...

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Editorial: Thanks to Connolly

November 8, 2013
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We owe thanks to John Connolly for his mayoral campaign. While unsuccessful, his bold campaign helped to shape the race and, ultimately, the City’s future direction. Connolly was the first incumbent elected official to enter the race at a time when it was assumed Mayor Thomas Menino would stand for re-election. That took real...

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Editorial: Mayoral power

November 8, 2013
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The first new mayor in a generation is a shake-up that offers a good chance for Bostonians to alter mayoral power as well—both to increase it and to spread its wealth. Some key ideas: Mayoral term limits. This race clearly was good for the City and good for the candidates, who could take no...

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Letter: Racial equity must be priority of next mayor

November 8, 2013
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In Boston’s mayoral race, each candidate has tended to focus on an agenda he is personally most comfortable with. But at the core of most municipal crises the candidates single out—education, housing, development, public safety, transportation, jobs and others—are stark racial inequities. Three recent reports—“The State of Black Boston” by James Jennings, “The State...

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Letter: Bike culture is on the rise for good reasons

November 8, 2013
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Thank you, Sandra Storey, for acknowledging the shift into biking culture and raising your concerns. (“JP Observer: Bikes are nice, but there are limits,” Oct. 25.) This change has come about for many reasons, many of which drivers are not fully aware of. Some people ride because the cost of living in Boston is...

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