Community Voices


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 ...

Money Talk financial literacy conference focuses on wealth building

Last weekend, a collection of business leaders, financial professionals, activists and entrepreneurs set about the work of closing that gap during the Banner’s financial literacy conference on, “Money Talk: Building Black Wealth,” held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic ...

Boston plans to be more age-friendly

Those working to make the city more comfortable and affordable to seniors presented their findings and asked senior residents to identify the concerns most important to them.

Boston Public Schools envisions future of education and school facilities

BPS officials presented long-term visions of a more fluid educational model. That vision could guide decisions around updating facilities. Focus also was on more immediate facility needs such as repairs and improvements to bathroom cleanliness.

Boston School Committee acts against charter cap lift

The Boston School Committee unanimously voted to pass a resolution against lifting the charter cap, following public testimony in which parents lamented the divisiveness of the debate, praised their schools and presented conflicting views of financial implications of a charter ...

Affordable housing activists, re-branded BRA at odds over vision for Boston

Both the name change and demonstration come as the city is in the midst of a construction boom that has generated luxury high-rises claiming space on the city’s skyline, heightened levels of real estate speculation and displaced working-class renters from ...

T janitors may strike over treatment

MBTA janitors told the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board that contractors’ staffing changes have harmed workers and work quality. Union members say they are ready to strike Friday if agreements are not reached.

‘Inclusive innovation’ the topic of Rox HubWeek panel

The Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square was transformed Monday evening into a marketplace for local entrepreneurs and a site for thoughtful discussions on creating an inclusive innovation ecosystem and supporting local entrepreneurs who have already taken the leap.