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Downtown View:Airbnb Woes

By Karen Cord Taylor Airbnb and its cohorts have been a lifesaver for some downtown residents. They say that renting out a room in their home has allowed them to afford Boston’s high rents or helped them pay for the costly mortgages they have to take on if they buy a place. Travelers like...

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Esplanade Association Awarded Reebok Foundation Grant:Funds Will Help to Support Summer Programming for Underserved Youth and Families in the Greater Boston Area

The Esplanade Association (EA) is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Reebok Foundation to support two youth and family outreach programs this summer: Children in the Park (ChiP) and Family Walks on the Charles River Esplanade (Family Walks).  Both programs will support underserved Boston-area families...

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Suffolk University and Boston Debate League Support Student Debaters

Suffolk University and the Boston Debate League announced a partnership that will bring hundreds of Boston middle and high school students to Suffolk’s downtown campus for debate tournaments and a two-week summer debate camp. The non-profit Boston Debate League brings competitive debate into the Boston Public Schools, cultivating transformative critical thinking and communications skills...

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Discussion of Recent Excavations Set for May 17 at the Old North Church

City of Boston Archaeologist Joe Bagley will discuss the results of his recent excavations from the Old North Church’s Washington Memorial Garden, located on Church property, off of Unity Street in the North End. Bagley will present details on how an object can reveal the past while giving an insight into stories of the...

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BHWF Fashion Show

BHWF Fashion Show

Pat Arroyo wearing a white suit by Holiday and a snazzy hat at the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum (BHWF) 4th Annual Charles Street Couture Fashion show on Friday night, May 5, at the UMass Club. Numerous boutiques and shops from Charles Street displayed the latest styles for spring and summer at the poplar, annual...

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BHGC to Hold the 88th ‘Tour of the Hidden Gardens’

The Beacon Hill Garden Club is pleased to present its annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The self-guided walking tour will feature ten gardens hidden behind Beacon Hill Garden Club members’ homes and garden walls. They can be...

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Fundraising Reception to Kick off Charles Street Cleaning Campaign

By Dan Murphy To mark the launch of its “Charles Street: Our Main Street Cleaning Campaign,” the Joint Charles Street Committee is holding a fundraising and cocktail reception at Grogan & Company, located at 20 Charles St., on Wednesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will feature food courtesy of Toscano...

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BHCA Community Corner

Charles Street Clean Team Fundraiser May 10 Thanks to the work of the Joint Charles Street Committee (JCSC) of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association, Charles Street is looking cleaner and greener. Under the leadership of BHCA’s John Corey and BHBA’s Ali Ringenburg, the joint committee has signed up...

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Downtown View:Competition Might Improve Old Rental Buildings

By Karen Cord Taylor Downtown residents are enjoying a certain satisfaction they didn’t expect. Those dreadful absentee landlords who suck all the rent money out of their buildings while keeping them in slum-like condition are now facing competition from such new luxury buildings as the Kensington in the Theatre District, the Avalon near North...

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Zoning and Licensing Committee Votes Not to Oppose Proposed Jeffries House Addition

By Dan Murphy A proposed four-story addition to the John Jeffries House met with a vote of non-opposition from the Beacon Hill Zoning and Licensing Committee on Wednesday with the stipulation that the applicant enter into a satisfactory good neighbor’s agreement with the Civic Association. Boston development firm Related Beal intends to build an...

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