Community Voices


City floats latest Cass Blvd. plan at community meeting

The Boston Transportation Department last week unveiled its latest revision of Melnea Cass Boulevard redesign plans, reviving a process stalled by community resistance at several stages over the past three-and-a-half years. The new plan no longer includes the bus rapid ...

Community conversations highlight policing problems

Two different neighborhood meetings last week highlighted deep concerns that many residents have about the Boston Police Department’s track record on community relations, racial profiling and use of force — including concerns voiced by, and about, black police officers.

Housing activists call for legislative fix for rising rents

A City Council hearing on residential displacement last week drew a wide collection of activists and residents who voiced their concerns about a rapidly changing city that they say threatens to push them out of neighborhoods they have long called ...

Roxbury residents irked as developer balks at minority hiring goals

As two firms vie for the right to redevelop a long-vacant property, one developer’s refusal to commit to minority hiring and subcontracting goals provoked angry responses from Roxbury residents.

Committee adopts living wage standards, rejects union rule

The Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee voted Monday to adopt a plan that would require developers building on publicly-owned land in Roxbury to commit to so-called living-wage standards for construction workers and for permanent jobs created by new construction ...

Many ideas, no plan for Franklin Park

Franklin Park recently gained a spotlight as a key proposed venue in Boston’s Olympic bid. But long before the games were a topic of conversation, residents and community groups linked to the park were calling for changes that do not ...

Dorchester residents fighting Fannie’s foreclosure evictions

On a street lined with triple-deckers near Dorchester’s Ronan Park, a crowd of about 40 people gathered last week outside Maria Baptista’s house as the sun set to stage a protest against the foreclosure of her home and her ongoing ...

Public sentiment shifting on Boston 2024 Olympics bid

The public relations battle over Boston’s Olympic bid heated up this past week with the release of a study about the impact of the games and a new public opinion poll showing a continued drop in public support for the ...

School department to keep schools open, cut busing, staff

West Roxbury Academy, Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, and Middle School Academy in South Boston will remain open. The Elihu Greenwood School and the William B. Rogers Middle School, both in Hyde Park, will close.

Labor activists urge support for higher wages

A group of home care professionals and labor advocates met at the 1199 SEIU headquarters in Dorchester last week to generate steam for their push for a $15 hourly wage for personal care assistants.

Walsh sees Hub Olympics bid as city planning opportunity

In a meeting with reporters last week, Mayor Martin Walsh said the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is an opportunity to engage in a city-wide planning process for Boston’s future.

Mass. senators visit RCC, hear constituent concerns

Roughly 150 people gathered at Roxbury Community College last week to voice their concerns about a wide range of topics as part of a day-long “listening tour” conducted by a group of State Senators throughout the state. The evening panel, ...

Civil rights, community activist Jeanne Quarles Tibbs dies at 83

Jeanne Quarles Tibbs died peacefully last week, leaving a long legacy of community and civil rights activism.

Tommy Chang selected to lead Boston Public Schools

Advocacy groups and community members reacted to last week’s selection of a new Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, describing the appointment as an opportunity for the BPS to address what some decry as a sub-standard public education system.

City pursues improvements for elderly residents

Mayor Martin Walsh and the city’s Elderly Commission have launched an Age-Friendly Boston initiative with the aim of making Boston a place that supports senior citizens in continuing to lead productive, safe and healthy lives.