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Forging economic connections on the Fairmount Corridor

A strategy for boosting economic development along the Fairmount Corridor by attracting and retaining businesses and jobs — and particularly, connecting corridor residents to those jobs — appears to be gaining traction.

Municipal planners discuss designing with equity in mind

In the midst of a growing city, urban designers, planning officials, members of community development corporations and others gathered at Boston Exposition Center last Wednesday to discuss what it means to design with an equity lens. The discussion came as ...

Bostonians discuss divisive political climate

As Bostonians continue to grapple with the shockwaves emanating from businessman Donald Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election, a group of Bostonians gathered at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute to take stock of where the ...

Local clergy join Standing Rock protest

Mariam White-Hammond was one of the Boston faith leaders who mobilized to join protests against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The cause spoke to her personally as a black person in America, Bostonian and member of the faith community, she ...

Local activists seek support for anti-violence work

Monica Cannon and other anti-violence activists are seeking more resources to deal with what they see as a dangerous increase in the rate of violent crimes in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. Monday, the activists gathered in Grove Hall in front ...

Epicenter Community's #MCM: Jourdan Christopher

Read Epicenter Community's interview with local documentary and street photographer, Jourdan Christopher.

Mattahunt Elementary School may close, open as ELC

Tommy Chang, Boston Public School superintendent, and Mattahunt Elementary School principal Walter Henderson faced a packed cafeteria on Tuesday night last week. In a school meeting that brought out parents, community members and elected officials, Chang told the gathering that ...

Land trusts versus the housing crisis

In the face of Boston’s hot development market, city officials and community leaders are seeking ways to safeguard neighborhoods against gentrification. One idea with roots in the 1960s and 70s has returned to the forefront: community land trusts. Recently the ...

Students, activists call for free MBTA passes

While the school department provides Boston students — those attending BPS schools, charter schools and private schools — with an M7 bus pass, middle and high school students who live less than two miles from their schools are not eligible. ...

AG’s new council aims to amplify communities of color voices

The 30-member Racial Justice and Equity Advisory Council comprises leaders from communities of color and is intended to bring minority concerns and priorities to the attorney general’s attention to help shape her work.

Latino activists discuss growth in political power in Massachusetts

Although Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population, they represent only 1 percent of the nation’s elected officials. Latinos have fared only slightly better in Massachusetts, where they occupy 3.5 percent of the seats in the state Legislature, ...

BPS airs bold ideas for cutting costs

School expenditures will continue to outstrip revenue, bringing yearly budget gaps, unless significant structural changes are made, officials say. Identifying these changes means deciding whether and how to fund practices that may produce positive results but bear high pricetags.

Football players risked athletic careers for civil rights in college, now tell their story

Five members of the Syracuse 8 will reunite in Boston this Friday for book signing and discussion of their 1970s football boycott. For many, taking a stand brought an end to their athletic careers, but earned them a place in ...

Chinatown residents fighting for building ownership

Back when Trinity Financial acquired the Mass Pike Towers housing development in 2000, the deal seemed like a win-win, tenants say. The developers secured $16 million in public funds to purchase and renovate the nearly 30-year-old building complex. They promised ...

MBTA will outsource cash counting with Pacheco Law exemption

The MBTA exercised its Pacheco Law exemption for the first time when it recently chose to privatize the T’s money room. The move won praise from free market, limited-government advocates and drew protest from union leaders and others who say ...

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