Preservation group opposes Little Wanderers demolition

April 5, 2012
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The influential Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) is opposing the plan to demolish the Home for Little Wanderers buildings at 161 S. Huntington Ave. to make way for a 196-unit modern apartment building. “JP has many fine examples of creative reuse, like the Brewery Complex, that have been embraced by the neighborhood,” wrote Judy Neiswander,...

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More apartments coming to S. Huntington

April 4, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 195 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week by Cedar Valley Development. Cedar Valley purchased the 1.1-acre parcel at 105A S....

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A Correction about the Casey Project’s Name

April 2, 2012
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In recent print and online articles, the Gazette incorrectly reported that the Casey Overpass replacement project was initially named the “Casey Parkway” and then changed to the “Casey Arborway.” In fact, the project was announced as the “Casey Arborway” and has not changed. The error was due to the Gazette’s reporter writing down the...

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Casey Arborway project advisory group could change

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project, known as the Casey Arborway, may change as the planning moves ahead. The crowd of over 100 community members responded mostly with support for the plan and community engagement going forward, as the Design Advisory Group (DAG) continues in working with the Massachusetts Department...

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‘Casey Arborway’ project met with cheers, protests

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The newly-renamed Casey Arborway project is being greeted with both cheers and protests by the community. Some members of the project’s Design Advisory Group (DAG) showed their ire and disappointment at Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) choice of an at-grade street network instead of a new bridge to replace the Casey Overpass at...

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Spring Has Sprung

March 30, 2012
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Activist who left the 1% writes book on inequality

March 30, 2012
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Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins has been organizing against income inequality for decades, including giving up his personal fortune in his 20s—so when he was invited to write a book about inequality and the 99 to 1 percent divide, he jumped at the chance. “I believe we are on the brink of ecological and...

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Ex-miembro del 1% escribe sobre la desigualdad

March 30, 2012
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Hace décadas que el residente Chuck Collins ha estado organizando contra la desigualdad de salario, incluso entregar su fortuna personal durante sus 20s, así cuando fue solicitado para escribir un libro sobre la desigualdad y la división del 99% y el %1, celebró la oportunidad. “Creo que nos encontramos en el borde de obstáculos...

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School assignment review begins

March 30, 2012
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Neighborhood schools and public outreach were the topics of discussion as a school assignment advisory committee met for the first time March 19 at English High School. The advisory committee was handpicked by Mayor Tom Menino and Boston Public School (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson to help improve the district’s school assignment plan. In his...

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Se junta el comité para la asignación de escuelas

March 30, 2012
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Cuando se juntó la comité de la asignación de escuelas por primera vez el 19 de marzo en English High School, hablaron de las escuelas y de su alcance al público. El comité fue seleccionado por el alcalde Tom Menino y la directora de Boston Public School Carol Johnson para mejorar el plan de...

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School Pride

March 30, 2012
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Library Friends push for renovations

March 30, 2012
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JP SOUTH—The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are not giving up on a long-delayed $8.5 million renovation, despite the Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voting earlier this month to only request $125,000 for “improvements” to the branch instead. Friends co-chairs Don Haber and Gretchen Grozier both told the Gazette they will continue...

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Casey project could be Malia campaign issue

March 30, 2012
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The debate that has surrounded the Casey Overpass project and the at-grade or bridge option could become a campaign issue for state Rep. Liz Malia. Although no opponents have declared a candidacy, some residents have criticized her involvement with the project, while others have praised it. But for her, that comes with the territory....

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Cat Care

March 30, 2012
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Italian coffee shop to open in key spot

March 30, 2012
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HYDE SQ.—An Italian coffee shop called Caffe Aromi is aiming to open in the long-vacant storefront at 403A Centre St. in the heart of Hyde Square next month, according to executive general manager Terry Bruce. It will serve coffee drinks, light pastries and panini, and “create a neighborhood hangout,” Bruce told the Gazette. Bruce...

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T plans to trim Green Line, kill JP Loop bus

March 30, 2012
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The MBTA plans an overall 23 percent fare increase,  an end to weekend Green Line streetcar service between Brigham Circle and Heath Street, and an elimination of the Route 48 “JP Loop” bus, according to a budget summary document released March 28 following months of controversy about the T’s sorry financial state. Originally facing...

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JP Observer: JP has dozens of ‘arts centers’

March 30, 2012
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Fifteen years ago, Jamaica Plain’s Multicultural Arts Center had to vacate its large, prominent Centre Street space because it was having trouble paying the rent, causing much upset in the community. But no one is complaining about space for the arts in JP now. J.P. Licks later bought the former fire station and has...

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Birthday for a Leader

March 30, 2012
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City Life expands to national activities

March 30, 2012
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From its Jamaica Plain seeds in 1973, City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) is making big change grow all over the country. As a result of its housing rights organizing, CLVU has been written about in newspapers all over the country, including The New York Times in 2010. CLVU has become a nation-wide model for foreclosure...

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Home, Sweet Hotel

March 30, 2012
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Short-term rentals for tourists a hot trend For the price of a downtown hotel room, travelers can rent entire gorgeous, furnished condos at nearly a dozen Jamaica Plain homes. Short-term house rentals might be the best open secret in local travel, and appears to be a growing real estate trend. They essentially offer a...

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Local real estate market heats up

March 30, 2012
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Time to slap a fresh coat of paint on the walls and tidy up if you are thinking about selling your home. The Jamaica Plain real estate market is bumping up, according to local realtors. “The market is very active,” said Karen McCormack of McCormack and Scanlan Real Estate. “It’s felt on the edge...

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Marathon Drinking

March 30, 2012
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City offers help to buy, maintain triple-deckers

March 30, 2012
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The City of Boston’s new “3D Campaign” is offering help to preserve Boston’s iconic triple-decker apartment buildings. The $3 million program was announced March 24 by Mayor Thomas Menino. “I am proud that our $3 million investment will give triple-decker owners the support they need to renovate their homes,” said Menino in a press...

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Seaverns Ave. condos hit market

March 30, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Two condos still under construction at a former Community Caring group home are already up for sale, according to real estate agent Stephen Lussier. “One is already under agreement,” he said. Owner Paul Donovan told the Gazette the house is being converted from a two-family group home to two condos. The Boston Redevelopment...

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