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37 Trees Slated for Removal as Part of Longfellow Bridge Rehab

October 8, 2015
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Thirty-seven trees are slated for removal as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Longfellow Bridge, state officials said. White-Skanska-Consigli, the project contractor, has begun the final phase of tree removals to prepare for construction of the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Charles River Esplanade with Charles Circle, and to accommodate construction activities in...

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Downtown View:Ideas

October 8, 2015
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This seems to be an ideas era. It’s as if we need a fresh start, that we’ve run out of old ones, that surely there’s something we can do to make this old city come alive. The biggest idea, the Olympics, didn’t do it, except for introducing us to Widett Circle, a large acreage...

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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

October 1, 2015
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BRA Apologizes for West End Urban Renewal

By Dan Murphy During the opening reception of an exhibit exploring the impact of urban renewal on the West End in the 1950s and ‘60s, the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority issued the first formal apology on behalf of the city agency for its role in demolishing vast sections of the old neighborhood....

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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

October 1, 2015
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Wu Campaigning on Housing and Education Issues

When Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu entered the race for her first term in office two years ago, she hoped to be able to gain a seat on the Council so she could help people and help them immediately. Wu, 30, is one of four children born to immigrants from Taiwan that came to...

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Downtown View:Your House? Think Again.

October 1, 2015
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It is September so my thoughts naturally turn to property rights. It’s not so outlandish. In September, downtown Boston has many new permanent residents—new owners of houses, condominiums, lofts. Those new to downtown Boston may have to learn new attitudes toward their property. You may be one of these new owners. You may have...

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Changing the World…Leak by Leak

October 1, 2015
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By Suzanne Besser At a City Council public hearing held last week, a group of moms from Beacon Hill and beyond demonstrated how concerned, active citizens could make a difference in this world and, by doing so, help its residents breathe a lot easier. The moms are members of Boston Mothers Out Front (MOF),...

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Farewell, St. John the Evangelist

September 25, 2015
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Farewell, St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church held a farewell liturgy on Sunday morning, Sept. 13, as the diocese prepares to close the church and relocate to a renovated St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral on Tremont Street on Sept. 27. The St. John building was built in 1831 for the Bowdoin Street Congregational Society, which was...

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Mayor Issues RFP for Enhancement of City Hall Plaza

September 25, 2015
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) last week to find a partner to work with the city to enhance City Hall Plaza. “The Plaza is the front yard for Boston’s City Hall, and it has enormous potential to be an engaging and activated civic space,” Walsh said in a press...

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Downtown View:Fall Advice

September 25, 2015
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Students? There are lots of them downtown. We also have another large group of newcomers. They are the newly minted and less-newly minted college graduates on their first or second job. They want to live within walking distance of their work in the downtown, Back Bay, Kendall Square, the hospital areas or the Seaport...

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First Day of School

September 17, 2015
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First Day of School

Anderson Street residents Erin and Ross Murphy taking pictures of their daughter, Paige, on her first day of nursery school.

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