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Minority- and woman-owned firms get boost from pilot program

A pilot project of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association has brought nearly $39 million in economic opportunity to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in its first year.

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Circle the City street fair celebrates vitality of communities along Blue Hill Ave.

In its second year, Circle the City will host a street fair on a mile-long stretch of Blue Hill Avenue September 28.

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Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center expected to create 150 jobs

The Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center, part of a $100 million redevelopment on Quincy Street, serves as an incubator for new food businesses and is expected to create 150.

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New website for Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee

The Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee has launched a new website providing information on development projects for Roxbury residents.

Court rules McDonald’s responsible for wage theft, worker’s rights violations in franchises

McDonald’s employees in Boston rallied last week after a judge found that McDonald’s is responsible for setting wages and employee policies for its franchises.

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Mayor, local activists break ground on new Roxbury farm plot under city’s new commercial farm zoning

A new zoning law allows for commercial farming in Boston. City officials, local businesses and activists turn out to Harold Street plot to break ground on new farm site.

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Family, friendship rule the day at Roxbury homecoming

Thousands of people with Roxbury neighborhood ties gathered in Franklin Park for the annual Roxbury Pride Day/Juneteenth Celebration.

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Mayor Martin Walsh addresses resident questions in Roxbury forum

Mayor Marty Walsh fielded many questions Monday at a Roxbury town hall meeting. Attendees wishing to ask questions submitted their names at the start; if their names were drawn, they were called to the microphone during the hour-long Q&A session.

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Roxbury forum examines 1960s anti-highway fight

A recent Roxbury Community College forum brought together a newly minted Yale doctor in American studies and two elder statesmen of local activism to discuss the victorious 1960s grassroots action to block an eight-lane highway that would have torn through Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Cambridge.

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Roxbury neighbors spar over affordable housing

In many ways, the Bartlett Place development plans capture the many different aspirations of its Roxbury neighbors, with affordable and market-rate apartments and townhouses, retail shops and a public space for art and commerce.

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Dudley Square entrepreneurs seek retail opportunities in Ferdinand building

The Dudley Municipal Center rising on the long-neglected Ferdinand site is already having a dramatic effect on the Dudley Square skyline. When the building opens in 2015 as the new Boston Public Schools headquarters, a new streetscape will also emerge, as retail and restaurant tenants set up shop in 18,500 square feet of first-floor retail space.

Mass fair housing groups receive $1.6 million from HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1.6 million in grants to four Massachusetts groups working to reduce housing discrimination. The grants are part of $38.3 million awarded nationwide through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program.

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BUILD promotes teen entrepreneurship

Anthony Nin of Roslindale and Angel Soto of Dorchester have good reason to feel confident as they reflect on the first year of their startup business, called ReVamp’D, which won the BUILD Youth Business Plan Competition.

‘Inner City 100’ honors list of fastest-growing urban companies

Ten Massachusetts firms were named to the list

Ten Massachusetts firms, headquartered in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Worcester, were named to the 2013 “Inner City 100” list unveiled recently by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The list recognizes the fastest-growing companies located in urban cores across the United States.

Workshop on US fair housing act stresses equal access for all

he federal Fair Housing Act turned 45 last month, but vigilance, enforcement and education are still needed to ensure full housing access to all.

The federal Fair Housing Act turned 45 last month, but vigilance, enforcement and education are still needed to ensure full housing access to all. This was the message at “Fair Housing Wrongs and Rights,” a workshop presented April 30 by the Boston Fair Housing Commission (BFHC) and the Boston NAACP Housing Committee as part of the agencies’ observation of Fair Housing Month. About 35 landlords, housing agency representatives and tenants attended the event, held at the Boston NAACP office in Roxbury.

Workshop on US fair housing act stresses equal access for all

Sandra Larson The federal Fair Housing Act turned 45...

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Melnea Cass widening project raises resident questions, concerns

t a public meeting hosted by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) last week, Roxbury residents, activists and local elected officials raised sharp questions about a plan to widen Melnea Cass Boulevard in order to add new center median bus lanes and stations.

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Melnea Cass widening project raises resident questions, concerns

Attendees listen during a question-and-answer session at a March 6 meeting on the Melnea Cass Boulevard...

Restaurant, shops anticipated for first floor of Ferdinand site

Restaurant, shops anticipated for first floor of Ferdinand site

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Protesters demand more local jobs at Ferdinand

Protesters march on Washington Street near the Ferdinand construction site to demand more hiring of...

Mass. Senate passes jobs access bill

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed Senate Bill 2386, a modified version of a bill...

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Cleaning up Blue Hill Ave., block by block

Darryl Smith (L) and the Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team in front of Blue Hill...

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Passions flare at Dudley Vision meeting

BPS spokesperson says “no” to Skylab Carleton Jones, executive director of capital and...

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Ferdinand redevelopment design nearing completion

A rendering of the Warren Street corner of the new municipal building that will occupy the...

Dudley Square survey results unveiled

‘Social gathering spots’ high on list of desired businesses Sandra LarsonSit-down restaurant, live music...

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BUILD preps students for entrepreneurship, college

Entrepreneurship students from Charlestown High School receive their prize money for winning the BUILD Youth...

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City council hears minority contractors’ business problems

Joint hearing with GBIO focuses on bidding, payment system  Sandra LarsonThe Boston City...

Developers present Tremont Crossing plans

Cultural, retail, entertainment destination envisioned for Lower Roxbury Sandra Larson A team of developers...

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African American veterans honored at Rox ceremony

The Color Guard of the William E....

City seeks strategies for Dudley parking woes

Study suggests BPS workers may need 200-plus spaces Sandra LarsonA preliminary parking analysis for the Ferdinand...

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Jackson Square project officially breaks ground

Representatives of labor, city and state government...

Federal grant spurs MBTA bus stop improvements

Faster transit time, accessibility, comfort are key goals Sandra LarsonUsing a $10 million dollar federal grant...

Task force hears Dudley projects updates

The Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force recently heard an update from Ferdinand project planners and...

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‘Tremont Crossing’ plans unveiled

A rendering of the proposed Tremont Crossing development across from Boston Police Headquarters. (Source: BRA Project Notification Form)...

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WriteBoston opens students’ eyes

City program marks its 10-year anniversary Sandra Larson  ...

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Ferdinand design plans are falling into place

The facade of the long-vacant Ferdinand building will be...

Retail survey to probe Dudley consumer habits, hopes

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is launching a survey to find out the shopping practices...

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Task force hears demolition, parking plans for Ferdinand

Bob Wice of Shawmut Design and Construction describes traffic and...

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Melnea Cass Blvd. redesign plan inches forward

Jared Hite (L, standing) of the transportation consulting firm Howard/Stein-Hudson and Jim Fitzgerald (R, standing) of the Boston Redevelopment...

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Bill raises mandatory school attendance age to 18

Araba Adoboe, a 17-year-old from Amherst, speaks at a State House press conference March 8 about why she...

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Carrying the momentum forward

Mayor Thomas Menino cuts the cake after the March 3 groundbreaking ceremony. (L to R) State Rep. Byron...

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New retail/office bldg. proposed for Dudley Sq. lot

Architect Lucio Trabucco of Nunes Trabucco Architects describes the features of the office and retail building proposed for...

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Sweet!

Local baker constructs cake for Dudley groundbreaking Baker Julius Johnson preps for his big day. (Sandra Larson...

Projects piling on for Dudley Square

Sewer, MBTA, construction and street projects will overlap Sandra LarsonThrough decades of promises, plans and projects,...

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Design update on Ferdinand project mixes old and new

A preliminary design for the Ferdinand Municipal Building retains the historic Ferdinand building exterior while adding a larger,...

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Construction manager named for Ferdinand site

At meeting, concerns are voiced on noise, traffic, air quality, jobsCity Councilor Tito Jackson speaks at a...

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Hotel, apartments, retail coming to Melnea Cass

Parcel 9, seen here from Washington Street. A proposal to build a modern hotel on this lot received...

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Review committee still evaluating proposals for Parcels 9 and 10

Two vacant parcels along Melnea Cass Boulevard at Washington Street may soon be sites of residential and commercial development....

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