Jamaica Plain

By - 12/19/14 - 9:51 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews Boston 2024 President Dan O’Connell, who says that the committee has already IDed a North Shore site (hmm, so maybe they're not so short-sighted?) in case the local city councilor comes out against shutting down Franklin Park for use by the horsey set:

If, for example, “[City Councilor] Matt O’Malley came to me and said there is no support

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By - 12/19/14 - 8:59 am
Parcel U proposal in Forest Hills

The BRA yesterday approved a 124-unit housing project on the long grassy field on Hyde Park Avenue between Ukraine Way and Tollgate Cemetery.

Urbanica, Inc., is proposing 48 townhouse condos and 76 apartments on the parcel, which once sat under the end of the elevated Orange Line. Some 44 of the units - 6 of them condos - will be marketed as "affordable." Apartments will... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 3:54 pm

Transit historian and Harvard University librarian Foster Palmer narrates the trip, with a brief stopover at Barry's Ledge, once a gravel pit, then a never-was driving range.

H/t Tim Murphy.

By - 12/13/14 - 12:30 am

On Jamaica Plain News, Stephanie Welch describes getting attacked on School Street around 10 p.m. on Thursday.

By - 12/12/14 - 8:56 pm
Washington Street just south of Forest Hills

A concerned citizen complains about the way those extra parking spaces were added to Washington Street south of Forest Hills, creating a sudden swerve on an otherwise straight road:

Truck parked completely blocking bike lane because the parking spots along the side of the road are still there. Please get rid of the parking on the street in front of the harvest co-op. It

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By - 12/7/14 - 11:24 am

UPDATE: Transit Police report the woman suffered life-threatening injuries.

Orange Line service was shut shortly after 8 a.m. as firefighters and EMTs rushed to Jackson Square to extricate somebody from under a train there. The T ran shuttle buses until around 9:15 a.m., when regular service was resumed. No further details available.

By - 12/5/14 - 8:43 am

No, don't be silly, not the Globe. The Jamaica Plain Gazette opines:

It is rare that we advise saying “absolutely no” to a project. But the Olympics bid is breathtaking in its dubious assumptions, potential negative impacts, and sleight-of-hand “process.” Thus far, saying no is all that has worked. Thanks to those saying it loudly and often.

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By - 11/29/14 - 10:39 am

The Dig reports the Drinking Fountain on Washington Street has fired up its kitchen again, which it had shut after the city ban on indoor smoking drove away its food customers. And it's a heartwarming story, to boot.

By - 11/27/14 - 12:33 pm

The Herald reports ISD slapped the owner of 89 Forest Hills St. with the citations over Tuesday's porch collapse, which killed one of the two men working on it without proper permits. OSHA is also investigating.

By - 11/25/14 - 10:50 am
Jamaica Plain porch collapse

Collapsed third-floor porch. Photo by BFD.

Around 10:40 a.m. at 89 Forest Hills St. Two workers were building a third-floor rear porch when it collapsed onto the second-floor porch.

One worker died, the other was less seriously injured.

In addition to firefighters and paramedics, ISD and OSHA were also called in.

NOTE: Thanks to the city data portal, Brian Nailer was able to pull up the record on the... Read more

By - 11/24/14 - 6:27 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports the MSPCA is drastically reducing the hours at its dog park at South Huntington and Perkins.

By - 11/23/14 - 9:57 am
Graffiti on the Jamaicaway in Jamaica Pond

A concerned citizen critiques the unknown artist's recent oeuvre:

You can't be a tortured artist if you don't have talent. This person is tagging the whole neighborhood and it's really becoming a problem. Mostly because it's not good art.

By - 11/22/14 - 12:15 pm

Pete Cannon asks:

Any recommendations for emergency heating system repair this weekend in JP?

By - 11/21/14 - 6:13 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on an organizing meeting on Nov. 24 at the First Baptist Church in JP to plan ways to fight efforts to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston.

Robin Jacks, one of the organizers, referred to the private organizers' plans to commandeer Franklin Park for equestrian events:

Frederick Law Olmsted did not create the crown jewel of the Emerald

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By - 11/20/14 - 7:04 pm

Jamaica Plain News gets the scoop on the link between the patient data Brigham and Women's hospital reported missing and the man tied to a tree during one of the Jamaica Pond muggings in September.

By - 11/15/14 - 12:36 pm
3521 Washington Street proposal in Jamaica Plain

The BRA board of directors gave its OK for an $80-million, 132-unit residential complex to replace warehouses at 3521-3529 Washington St.

A five-story building will house 88 apartments; a four-story building 44 condos. The project will also include 25,000 square feet of retail space and a self-storage facility, as well as 166 parking spaces - 116 of them in underground garages.

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By - 11/14/14 - 3:18 pm

The Globe reports on a hearing this morning in West Roxbury District Court for Nikolas Papadopoulos, charged with causing a crash that sent six people to the hospital last year - permanently injuring two of them, one a Dorchester father of three, the other just 14 at the time.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that because he withdrew his plea,... Read more

By - 11/12/14 - 8:00 am

Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation was completely still in the fog this morning. From the dock on the parkway side of the pond, you could barely make out the dock on the other side; the trees there cast a dark gray reflection on the water.

Meanwhile, Adam Shutes walked onto the dock at the Jamaica Pond boathouse this morning:

By - 11/10/14 - 6:37 pm

A teacher at the Mission Hill K-8 school was arraigned today on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a minor for a Sunday incident at Boston Medical Center, the Suffolk County DA's office says.

Boston Police responded to the scene at about 6:00 yesterday evening after being notified by BUMC Police about an alleged sexual assault at the hospital earlier that afternoon. After

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By - 11/9/14 - 11:27 pm

Around 11:20 p.m. at 279 Centre St.

The suspect is a black man, about 6' and slim, wearing a dark hoodie, seen jumping into the passenger seat of a newer white Altima, which sped down Lamartine toward Stony Brook.

Police found shell casings on Chestnut Avenue, across Centre from where the victim was shot.

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