Opinion

Editorial: BRA reform

August 8, 2014
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The BRA “is in dire need of reform.” For once, that isn’t just residents, or political candidates, or disapproving judges in lawsuits, or the Gazette saying it. That’s straight from the Mayor’s Office, and it’s about time. Mayor Walsh is doing an outstanding job at checking items off his list of campaign promises. BRA...

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Editorial: Sánchez and Chang-Díaz achievements

August 8, 2014
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With our state legislators wrapping up another session of lawmaking, a couple of items strike us as particularly noteworthy. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz was a strong proponent of election reforms that expand access to the voting booth. Early voting, which works very well in other states, is one of those excellent reforms. So is...

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Hill Happenings

August 8, 2014
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An energetic crowd gathered at the Parker Hill Library last month, welcoming Bill Raynor, who read from his newly released book “Poetry in Motion.” Raynor,who grew up in the Mission Hill projects, writes about the meaning of sports is everyday life. The book is pleasant and an easy read. Among the notable faces in...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 8, 2014
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While lolling through those lazy hazy days of summer, I’d like to remind readers that our two Mission Hill Farmers Markets have been in full swing since June, and the fresh Massachusetts grown fresh fruit and plump produce is looking mighty prime. The markets were started years ago by Main Streets. We now partner...

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Editorial: Parcel 25

July 11, 2014
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Progress on the redevelopment of Parcel 25 is good news. This project will transform the streetscape in Roxbury Crossing at a literally crucial spot where the MBTA, the Southwest Corridor Park and Columbus Avenue tie into Mission Hill. Now a vacant lot, it will become a model of community-minded, transit-oriented development. Thanks to Mission...

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Editorial: The Great Charter

July 11, 2014
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The display of the Magna Carta, along with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, at the Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful opportunity to discover the basis of modern civil liberties and to reflect on these often praised yet little-read documents. The Magna Carta did nothing for commoners and is largely...

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Editorial: Main Streets awards

July 11, 2014
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Congratulations to the deserving winners of the Mission Hill Main Streets awards—including our own incomparable Mossy Martin. And congratulations to Mission Hill for having such an effective Main Streets organization. It is impressive that the neighborhood got the attention of the likes of the BRA director and the Boston housing chief. We’re fortunate to...

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Hill Happenings

July 11, 2014
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The Mission High School Class of ’64 held their 50th reunion last month at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. The Mission High principal back in those salad days was Brother Conal, and the celebrants were thrilled to reunite with the Man, who is now 85. Brother Conal was a strict disciplinarian. As a freshman,...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

July 11, 2014
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The torrential downpour on June 10 did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm or attendance at the Mission Hill Main Streets Awards Night at the Parkman House. The Beacon Hill mansion’s lavish setting was a perfect backdrop to venerate some of the wonderful people and institutions responsible for such a nifty neighborhood. I think Senate...

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First Responders: Editorial: Thank you, first responders

June 13, 2014
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In late 2012, the Gazette staff decided to create this annual special section of stories about local first responders—the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who keep us safe, yet often work unnoticed and un-thanked. Since then, the months just before the special section’s annual publication have been marked by tragic disasters that put gratitude...

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