Real Estate Today: As City looks at Airbnb rules, JP homeowners cash in

September 26, 2014
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As the City of Boston considers regulating short-term rental services such as Airbnb.com, scores of Jamaica Plain homeowners are cashing in. And local hotels say they aren’t worried about the competition. Airbnb acts as an online host where travelers can connect with homeowners renting out anything from a couch to an entire house. This...

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Real Estate Today: 2 JP properties make City’s ‘distressed’ list

September 26, 2014
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Two Jamaica Plain properties have made the City’s annual list of vacant and “distressed” properties: a commercial site at 3425-3325A Washington St. and a house at 25 Chilcott Place. The City’s 2013 “Distressed Buildings Report,” compiled by the Department of Neighborhood Development, actually says Jamaica Plain has 10 buildings that are “distressed.” But that...

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Real Estate Today: Parcel U meeting scheduled

September 26, 2014
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A Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)-hosted meeting for the Parcel U project, scheduled for Mon., Sept. 29, will present design details and technical studies about traffic, air and noise. Shawn Pang, spokesperson for designer Urbanica, told the Gazette that there have been “no significant changes” to the project since it was last presented to the...

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Real Estate Today: Site III of Jackson Sq. redevelopment moves forward

September 26, 2014
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Site III of the Jackson Square redevelopment project is continuing to move forward, with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) applying last month for funding for infrastructure improvements at the site. JPNDC with its partner for the project, the Community Builders, hosted a meeting in March about plans for the site. Sally Swenson,...

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Invitacion, Sept. 26, 2014

September 26, 2014
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El plazo para la lista de eventos es el 7 de octubre al mediodía para la publicación del 10 de octubre. Mande a reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Atención: Marque el 617 antes de los números que salen abajo. Reuniones Reunión anual de Sumner Hill Association, aprende sobre la recaudación de fondos de Curley, el paseo por el...

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Salsa Art

September 26, 2014
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Salsa Art

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Editorial: Egleston’s gentrification debate

September 26, 2014
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Egleston Square is now officially the latest front in Boston’s gentrification debates. It’s time for some real urban planning and a recalibration of JP’s moral compass. Egleston, and Washington Street in general, are among the last bastions of immigrant and working-class opportunity—in Boston, let alone in JP. In various locations, we see longtime businesses...

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Editorial: A boost for the arts

September 26, 2014
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The appointment of George Fifield, the JP resident who founded Boston Cyberarts, to the Boston Art Commission is a great move—and we don’t say that solely out of local pride. Starting over 15 years ago with the now-defunct Boston Cyberarts Festival, Fifield has been a local visionary of digital and interdisciplinary art. As a...

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Editorial: DND must fix its map

September 26, 2014
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The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development must stop using its incorrect neighborhood map to analyze data. One might think it goes without saying that a City department should not knowingly use deliberately incorrect information. Alas, it does not. We had to say it over and over until the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which first created...

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Letter: Pedestrians can be a bike path danger

September 26, 2014
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I am homeowner and mother of two children living in Jamaica Plain. I enjoy the Southwest Corridor several times each day, as a runner, a cyclist and a pedestrian with children. Most everyone who uses the Southwest Corridor prefers to use the bike lane for a variety of reasons. Cyclists are happy that this...

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Letter: Park committee welcomes ideas for path safety

September 26, 2014
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I am writing in response to the recent letter about a conflict on the Southwest Corridor Park bike path. (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path,” Sept. 12.) I’m a volunteer with the park and with the Southwest Corridor’s Parkland Management Advisory Committe. PMAC has been working with the state Department of...

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Letter: Take a pledge against texting while driving

September 26, 2014
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Texting and driving has become a serious public safety hazard in recent years. While we’ve passed laws to outlaw it and will continue to punish people who cause an accident, we must educate drivers before more people are hurt or killed. My colleagues and I at City Hall are working to spread the word...

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On the Police Beat, Sept. 7-21, 2014

September 26, 2014
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The following police incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. Sept. 21: Assault and battery, 144 South St.; firearm/weapon found/confiscated, 11 David Road; landlord-tenant service, 90 Forbes St.;...

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Coakley, Baker take nod for gov.’s race; Chang-Díaz wins

September 12, 2014
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Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will face each other in the gubernatorial race in the November general election after winning their respective party’s nomination in the Sept. 9 state’s primary election. Meanwhile, in the only competitive local election, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (2nd Suffolk District) easily captured the Democratic nomination for her...

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Author to speak on JP’s activist history

September 12, 2014
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Author to speak on JP’s activist history

A Boston author is coming to Jamaica Plain to talk about the role women and people of color—including some JP residents—played in the diverse “New Boston” following the 1960s and ’70s. Jim Vrabel, author of “A People’s History of the New Boston,” will come to the Jamaica Plain Forum on Wed., Sept. 17, to...

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JP Music Festival

September 12, 2014
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Hope Zimmerman of the punk band Hope and the Husbands sings. (Photo by Tony Sahadeo)

The fourth annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival drew hundreds of fans of local music to Jamaica Pond Park on Sept. 6 before a severe thunderstorm warning cut the show short.

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JP Open Studios: Many paths to see art

September 12, 2014
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The 21st annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), a celebration of the arts in JP that invites the public into local artists’ studios and group shows, returns next weekend, Sept. 20 and 21. Maps and detailed viewing information will be available at venues and are already available at jpopenstudios.com. But with over 40 JPOS...

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Caminos diferentes para ver el arte en JP

September 12, 2014
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El vigésimo primero anual Jamaica Plain Open Studios (JPOS), una celebración artística en JP que invita al público a los talleres de artistas locales y proyectos colectivos, vuelve el próximo fin de semana, el 20 y 21 de septiembre. Los mapas e información detallada estarán disponibles en algunos sitios y en jpopenstudios.com. Pero con...

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Children’s Festival

September 12, 2014
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Children’s Festival

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2 gang members guilty in boy’s killing

September 12, 2014
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JACKSON SQ.—Two gangs members—Timothy Hearns and Ramon Silvelo-Miles—pled guilty last month to their roles in the 2010 Jamaica Plain shooting death of 14-year-old Jaewon Martin, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Martin, a Roxbury resident and honor student who was not in a gang, was shot to death May 8, 2010 at...

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Landsmark BRA board appointment moving forward

September 12, 2014
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Jamaica Plain resident Ted Landsmark’s appointment to the board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) appears to be moving forward after a delay. Mayor Martin Walsh appointed Landsmark to the BRA board earlier this summer. But that appointment was put on hold while Landsmark resolved his departure from the Boston Architectural College, where he...

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LIPSTICK Check

September 12, 2014
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LIPSTICK Check

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JP pub lets locals weigh in on Scottish independence

September 12, 2014
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JP pub lets locals weigh in on Scottish independence

HYDE SQ.–Following years of debate—some would say hundreds of years—Scotland is voting on whether to secede from the rest of the United Kingdom next week, and JP’s resident Scots contingent will have its showing. The Haven at 2 Perkins St., owned by Scottish-born Jason Waddleton, has its own unofficial ballot box for locals to...

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‘Angry’ men in kilts to march for charity

September 12, 2014
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A band of “angry” Scotsmen (and Irishmen) will be making its way down Centre and South streets and visiting several Celtic-themed pubs as part of a fundraiser on the afternoon of Sun., Sept. 13. The Angry Scotsman Kilt Crawl, scheduled in honor of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn—a crucial Scottish victory...

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