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Mel King stands across the street from the former site of his childhood home that became the headquarters of the Boston Herald. A Newton-based developer wants to develop luxury condos on the site.

Mel King stands across the street from the former site of his childhood home that became the headquarters of the Boston Herald. A Newton-based developer wants to develop luxury condos on the site.

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Community activist Mel King questions new luxury development at former Boston Herald site

When I recently learned about plans for developing the “Ink Block” — so called because the area housed the Boston Herald — I was reminded of when I received a copy of the late Boston Traveler newspaper while attending Claflin College in South Carolina. The early 1950’s headline said that I lived on “skid row,” in a “slum.” I was amazed. After all, we called it “home.”