Opinion

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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Letter: Overpass process seems anti-bridge

July 22, 2011
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The following letter was sent to Paul King, the state Department of Transportation co-project manager on the Casey Overpass replacement project: I am writing with concerns about the Casey Overpass process. Procedurally, the project discussion seems to be skewed in favor of the at-grade concept. The number of proffered schematic designs about the at-grade...

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Letter: Whole Foods debate should not be silenced

July 22, 2011
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Heartfelt thanks to the editor of the JP Gazette for the editorial in the June 10 issue (“Whole Foods arrests a bad sign of the times”). We attended the June 2 Whole Foods meeting and were immediately surprised at the heavy police presence. We watched as the Whole Foods management team put on their slick...

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Recuperado festival

July 8, 2011
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Hay una serie de cambios en el Festival Puertorriqueño de Boston este año. Pero , quizá, sea mejor decir que se está recuperando. La primera novedad es que recupera sus tres días y ya podemos estar separando el 22, 23 y 24 de este es para llegar a las instalaciones del Franklin Park que...

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Editorial: The T needs help on Route 39 plan

July 8, 2011
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The MBTA needs help with its plan to improve the Route 39 bus service—whether it knows it or not. Jamaica Plain’s elected officials should step in to make sure this much-needed project moves forward with accountability and proper public input. So far, the three-year-old Route 39 planning has been marked by secrecy, delays and...

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