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MH First Responders: Program brings teens and cops together

June 12, 2015
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MH First Responders: Program brings teens and cops together

A long-running program to bring teens and police officers together—including in Roxbury—aims to expand its offerings, according to a recent announcement at Boston Police headquarters. Since 1992, Roxbury-based Center for Teen Empowerment has worked with BPD on events where teens and police can meet face-to-face and learn about each other. Those events include summits,...

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MH First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 12, 2015
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MH First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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MH First Responders: Canteen Crew feeds firefighters during blazes

June 12, 2015
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While Boston Fire Department (BFD) firefighters are out battling the flames, the all-volunteer Canteen Crew are right behind them, making sure they stay hydrated and fed. The Boston Sparks Association, a private nonprofit that also operates the Boston Fire Museum on Congress Street, supports not only BFD, but also firefighters in neighboring cities, eight-year...

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Olympics gentrification, local benefits discussed

May 1, 2015
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At a meeting about Boston’s Olympics bid held Tuesday night at Roxbury Community College, residents voiced worries about gentrification, loss of affordable housing, and lack of participation in the planning process. “People in this room haven’t been part of the process,” Roxbury resident Joao dePina told members of the Boston 2024 bidding organization. “You...

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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

May 1, 2015
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Rare MFA photo leads to segregation exhibit

It began with a single photograph in the Museum of Fine Arts’ (MFA) collection. Photography curator Karen Haas knew very little about it, aside from the fact that Gordon Parks had made it in 1950: a black-and-white photograph of a couple outside under the segregated Liberty Theater’s marquee, in Fort Scott, Kan. Gordon Parks,...

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Fenway colleges file IMP updates

May 1, 2015
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Emmanuel and Wheelock Colleges filed updates for their Institutional Master Plans (IMP) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), as required by the City. Emmanuel’s filing states no changes to the IMP approved in 2012, aside from an amendment filed a month after the IMP’s approval. That amendment authorized Emmanuel’s use of the Society of...

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City releases first student housing report

May 1, 2015
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The City of Boston released its first ever “Student Housing Trends” report last month, establishing a baseline toward Mayor Martin Walsh’s goal of creating 18,500 new student dormitory beds by 2030. Mission Hill is one of the neighborhoods with the biggest student-housing impacts. But all local data in the report is inaccurate because it...

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BRA: Public must wait for ‘urban renewal’ details

May 1, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) recently began public meetings about its request to renew its “urban renewal” plans around the city, including one covering the Longwood Medical Area. But the BRA refused to provide the existing plan’s details to the Gazette for review, saying they will be posted online sometime in the near future....

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‘Avenue of the Arts’ guidelines project continues

May 1, 2015
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The second meeting hosted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) aimed at creating a new set of design guidelines for the “Avenue of the Arts” section of Huntington Avenue focused on covering existing conditions, including landscape, streetscape, mobility, and public uses. David Grissino, the BRA planner in charge of the study, told the Gazette...

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BRA creating ‘Avenue of Arts’ design guidelines

April 3, 2015
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is creating a new set of design guidelines for the “Avenue of the Arts” section of Huntington Avenue in response to recent development there. The guidelines would be an add-on to existing zoning codes in the stretch of Huntington between Massachusetts and Longwood avenues. The main response from attendees at...

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