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BPDA ‘Eminent Domain’ Inquiries for Neighbors Bring about Potential Sale of Hotel Alexandra

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Once called a “festering wound” by many South-enders, the wound that is the generationally dilapidated Hotel Alexandra on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street could soon be healing. The mostly-unused building with the grand, marble facade was the focus in recent months of a rare call by neighbors to...
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A Day in the Life of Council President Michelle Wu

November 4, 2016
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By Joseph Prezioso In spending a day with Council President Michelle Wu, one quickly sees her talk is her walk. The sun hadn’t quite made it up Thursday morning when City Council President Michelle Wu began rushing around her Roslindale home to get out the door and get on the go. A lone jogger...
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Want Some Political Excitement? Head North, or Just Watch Boston Television Ads

November 4, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone The only election I really want to vote in this coming week is up in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, being Mr. Boston, I don’t qualify, and I have to admit I am somewhat disappointed. We have the most boring elections in Massachusetts, mostly because everyone here is on the same team...
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Pine Street Inn Art Program Seeks More Teachers

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Inside the apartments at 82 Green Street, a supportive housing facility, located in Jamaica Plain, artwork and colorful crafts line the walls transforming an otherwise dull space into a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Many of the pieces that fill up the walls are made as part of the Pine Street Inn Art...
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Parking Meter Rates May Soon Go up in the City of Boston

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Parking in the city of Boston continues to draw sharp criticism from both people who argue that the city needs more parking and those who think it needs less. At the hearing to discuss parking in the City of Boston held on October 18, the sharp contrast could not be clearer...
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Boston’s Christmas Tree Arrives November 18

November 4, 2016
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The annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, November 18. This year marks the 45th anniversary of this traditional gift giving, a way to thank the people of Boston for providing emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotia’s...
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New Commission Tasked with Working to Prevent Tragedies like the 2014 Beacon Street Fire

November 4, 2016
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Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed H.4455, An Act creating a special commission studying cutting, welding and hot work processes regulated by the State Fire Code, to prevent the loss of life resulting from tragedies such as the deadly nine-alarm brownstone fire on Beacon Street in March 2014. That fire, caused by welding on the...
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Worth 1,000 + 1 Words:Presidential Campaign Photos at BCAE a Must See Before Tuesday

November 4, 2016
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By Seth Daniel Since September, gigantic close ups of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have graced the front windows of the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) on Arlington Street in Bay Village, and the reactions have ranged from happy, to angry to confused. Not much different than how most are reacting...
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Parking is Reduced Significantly at the Proposed Immaculate Conception Church Project

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen Residents of the South End spoke out against the newly proposed reduction of parking from 73 parking spaces to 25 at the third public meeting on October 26, to discuss the project at the former Immaculate Conception Church at 771 Harrison Ave. The proposal includes converting the existing Immaculate Conception Church...
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Previous Violators at 40 Clarendon St Bring up Debated Proposal at South End Landmark District Commission Hearing

November 4, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen White tarp that wraps around scaffolding billows in the wind as it covers up the front façade at 40 Clarendon St., in the South End. The scaffolding that forms a narrow passageway on the brick side- walk in front has been an eyesore for many in the neighborhood for close to...
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