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Open Newbury Brings New Life To Street

August 19, 2016
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Open Newbury Brings New Life To Street

Newbury Street was filled with foot traffic, but no car traffic, for a special Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7, in which the street was shut down for most of the day. Businesses had sales and residents flocked to the street to take a stroll where they usually cannot.
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Gas Leaks Continue to Spark Uproar Among Residents

August 19, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Underneath the battered Boston streets, miles of gas lines, some more than 100 years old, are spewing out natural gas and causing consequences that often go unnoticed. “One thing is to highlight it to make the indivisible, visible,” said Steven Hamburg, the chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. With more...
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Drought Has Left Its Mark On Street Trees In Boston

August 19, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen A severe drought has taken over most of Massachusetts, including Boston, where many of the trees that line the sidewalks may need a bit more love. The city of Boston planted 1,424  new trees during the spring, leaving the younglings as the most vulnerable in the hot heat. The city takes...
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Harrison Albany Block Continues To Get Pushback from Neighbors

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel After a lot of noise, the Harrison Albany Block project has now gone into a quieter period, waiting for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to issue its Scoping Determination. That doesn’t mean neighbors are any less riled up about the 600-plus unit development by Leggat McCall that would take up an...
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Downtown View:When Should A Building be Landmarked?

August 19, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Karen is on a break. This subject continues to be important. Recently the Boston Landmarks Commission voted to study whether this commercial artifact should be given landmark status. For some people, it’s only a sign. Others believe it gives Boston a sense of place. In any case, the results of...
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A Degree in DHCD,IAGs, andCACs…LOL

August 19, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone It wasn’t long ago I saw on television a few Boston media types and some egghead journalism professors talking about the local media. The host of the program picked up this newspaper, and two other competing papers. Each of them had top stories about progress on IAGs (Impact Advisory Group),...
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Mayor Walsh 2016 Garden Contest Winners Are Chosen

August 19, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Around Boston, community members work hard to keep the city filled with gorgeous greenery to make a dense urban area not only appear but be more livable. Now in its 20th year, the Garden Contest recognizes those who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs that help to beautify the various...
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State Approves Six-Year Urban Renewal Plan for BRA,City

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the six-year extension of 14 urban renewal districts in the City of Boston – per request of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) – and the state agency has an eye to the future of those areas. While the public debate...
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New Light Pole Antennas to Line South End Streets

August 19, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Coming soon to the South End, 25 distributed antenna systems or DAS nodes will line various streets, adding antennas to the tops of otherwise mundane standard Boston street lights. During the August South End Landmarks Commission meeting, an unanimous approval of the DAS nodes that will line mostly Tremont Street and...
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Council President, Mayor See Through Different Lenses On Pot Question

August 19, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Council President Michelle Wu has admittedly never tried marijuana. And, while at Harvard University, she recalls she and her roommates being very disturbed by some of the other students who filled the hallways with marijuana smoke from time to time. That said, she has come out in favor of the ballot...
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