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BHCA Zoning & Licensing Committee Will Meet January 13

January 14, 2015
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January 13, the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Zoning & Licensing Committee will hold a meeting to discuss a proposal to demolish the existing 2-story building between Hancock and Joy Streets (156 Cambridge Street) and replace it with an 8-story building. The project is in the planning stages, so the purpose of this meeting will...

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Downtown View: The More Things Change

January 14, 2015
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At Faneuil Hall Marketplace, an out-of-town manager doesn’t understand how to run a Boston business. Local businesses are  ousted to make room for chains. The manager believes the pushcart vendors, with their dubious tchotchkes, bring down the tone of the place. The vendors, however, accuse the manager of shutting them out of decision making...

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Brian Golden to Head Redevelopment Authority

January 8, 2015
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Brian Golden was recently named permanent director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC). Having served as acting director since last January, Golden will continue to lead the efforts to reform and modernize the agency, which has already undergone a significant transformation in the last 11 months. He has...

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BHCA Celebrates with a Secret Garden Gala

January 8, 2015
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The Beacon Hill Civic Association invites the community to attend the 43rd Annual Winter Gala themed ”Secret Garden”, celebrating the historic neighborhood on Saturday, February 7, 2015. An evening of friendship and community will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel with dinner and dancing included in the ticket price. The event will feature one...

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A Bridge for All Seasons

January 8, 2015
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A Bridge for All Seasons

Winter, spring, summer, or fall the lagoon bridge in the Public Garden is a favorite spot to preserve the memory of a day with a photo.

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Downtown View: Disruption or Consequences?

January 8, 2015
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Disruption was 2014’s trendy cliché. A new idea comes along and, poof, out with the old. Business school types are enthralled. New technology and new ideas are part of the disruption. But some businesses and industries are vulnerable, sometimes because they haven’t taken certain developments into account. Take coal. It is hard to listen...

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Area A-1 Sees Rise in Part One Crime Stats

January 8, 2015
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Area A-1 had experienced an approximately 7–percent spike in violent and property crimes as 2014 drew to a close, compared to the previous year, according to police. Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 16, 2014 (the most-recent crime statistics available on the Boston Police Web site), 2,718 incidents of Part One crime were reported in...

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Passing of the Gentle Giants

December 31, 2014
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Beacon Hill has just suffered a major shock, with the deaths during the past year of six of our long-time, highly respected community leaders. Although of different stripes politically and socially, these six — five men and one woman — all were tied to a commitment to the “commonweal”;  Republican or Democrat, maverick or...

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Turning a Neglected Pit into a Garden

December 31, 2014
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The pit’s filled, walls bricked, perimeter reinforced and bricks laid. On Friday two dim lanterns were installed to illuminate the 45 Beaver Place garden project, and outdoor work ceased for the holidays. In mid-January, though, construction workers will be back to ensure that by spring plantings will green and trees bloom in the 1500-square-foot...

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DCR Announces Study of Parkway System for Bike Lanes

December 31, 2014
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Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jack Murray recently announced that the agency will conduct a comprehensive study of its parkway system to identify locations where bike lanes and improvements could be installed. “Cycling has seen a significant expansion, both as a method of transportation and recreation,” Murray said. “As an agency that...

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