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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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Power Soccer Winners

April 3, 2015
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Power Soccer Winners

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El regreso de Dianne Wilkerson

April 3, 2015
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El regreso de Dianne Wilkerson

Quizás la más sorprendente de todas las controversias sobre la apuesta olímpica de Boston es la reaparición pública de Dianne Wilkerson. Las últimas actividades públicas de la antigua senadora del estado de Mission Hill tuvieron lugar en 2008, cuando su campaña de re-elección se derrumbó con su arresto por el FBI por aceptar sobornos....

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City crafting 2030 transportation plan

April 3, 2015
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The City of Boston is developing a new comprehensive transportation plan, called “Go Boston 2030,” as part of the various coordinated efforts to envision the city in 2030. The initiative just completed its first phase, asking residents to submit their questions and requests, partly through a City truck visiting various neighborhoods. According to Boston...

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