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Walsh to Ignore BHAC on Sidewalk Ramps: Mayor Walsh’s First Big Mistake

July 25, 2014
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Save the bricks. That was the rallying cry last Thursday for Beacon Hill residents. When neighbors heard the city was going to tear up bricks and install concrete ramps at the neighborhood’s intersections they were, like their predecessors in 1947, willing to sit down on the bricks to keep the city from ripping them...

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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

July 11, 2014
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Beacon Hill Village Expands Board

Four downtown residents recently joined Beacon Hill Village’s board of directors, expanding the number of board members to 17. West End resident Joanne Cooper is a retired geriatric social worker and nursing home administrator. In 1979 she co-founded the Geriatric Resource Center, a private consulting service and home care agency. She has volunteered for...

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Downtown View : The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

July 11, 2014
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What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or  any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Downtown View Fear All Around

July 3, 2014
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It is surprising that Bostonians are such a fearful lot. West Enders have so effectively communicated their fears about crossing on foot at Leverett Circle to their local politicians that we’re going to waste millions of taxpayer dollars building a pedestrian overpass that will, unless you hit every don’t walk sign, take longer to...

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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

June 24, 2014
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Garden Club Gives Away Thousands; Leslie Adam Elected as President

At its recent annual meeting, the Beacon Hill Garden Club elected Leslie Adam of Chestnut Street as its new president. She takes over from Sharon Malt of West Cedar Street, who has led the club for the past two years. Members also voted to give away the $72,000 net profit they had made on...

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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

September 17, 2013
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Residents Upset over Store’s Closing and Charles Street’s Vulnerability

The closing of a small grocery store on Charles Street has agitated, even enraged, the neighborhood, and has become a touchstone for all the fears locals have about what the street could become. Charles Street Market, the corner store at the intersection of Charles and Mount Vernon streets, closed on Sunday, September 8. By...

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Downtown View Parking Lot Worries

November 30, 2012
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I’m worried. It’s about a surface parking lot. It seems silly to worry about a parking lot, but that’s the way it is. Maybe it will turn out okay, but things have a way of getting out of hand. Let’s hope I’m wrong. This parking lot lies on the Esplanade near Charles Circle. That...

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Here Comes Summer

July 16, 2012
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes muster with the Constitution. Mitch McConnell and company have had their chance to sputter, spit and go spastic over Justice John Roberts’s betrayal. So summer can now begin. Summer, at least in the way New England celebrates it, is the...

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Envy? Not Us by Karen Cord Taylor

March 16, 2012
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Envy? Not Us by Karen Cord Taylor

It’s looking as if we might have to put up with Mitt Romney for awhile. We have found out what we expected—he is a rich man, not just in the top 1 percent, but in the top .006 percent. And Mitt says we envy him. Mitt, you don’t know from envy. There aren’t many...

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Beating Back the Banks

February 21, 2012
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One result of the agitation over the flood of banks displacing loved and needed businesses has been to point out how Boston could do more to provide the best environment for small, local business success. We know a lot about how small businesses succeed in a city and it has little to do with...

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