Civics

Menino’s way: It worked

In Mattapan, 2010: The mayor's playful side came out often. Here, he's busting chops as workers paint a sidewalk. "Hey, ya missed a spot." Photo by Bill ForryIn Mattapan, 2010: The mayor's playful side came out often. Here, he's busting chops as workers paint a sidewalk. "Hey, ya missed a spot." Photo by Bill Forry

Mayor Thomas M. Menino died last Thursday at his home in Hyde Park after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 71 years old.

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the news of Menino’s death was a sad moment for any objective Bostonian who has a pulse and a heart. Menino’s retirement brought with it the promise of further contributions to the city’s civic life and — more importantly— to his family, who loved him so dearly.  Read more

Civic group changes up, green-lights Savin Hill Ave. condo plan

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Nov. 4, 2014

A 13-unit condo complex would be next to— and over— Savin Bar and Kitchen in a plan approved last night by the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association.

The days are numbered for a longtime “hole” in the Savin Hill business district.

The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association last night reversed course and gave its approval to a mixed-use, transit oriented development across from Savin Hill MBTA station. The three-story, 13-unit condo project — with a retail space on the ground level— has taken on citywide significance as the Walsh administration ramps up for a new spurt of housing growth. The project has prompted keen interest in Savin Hill as well: A crowd of 125 packed into the gym at the Little House last night for the debate and subsequent vote.  Read more

Neighborhoods say thank you — and farewell— to Tom Menino

By 
Lauren Dezenski and Bill Forry
Nov. 3, 2014

Mourners saluted Mayor Menino one last time as a hearse carrying his coffin drove along Geneva Avenue on Mon., Nov. 3, 2014. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan to salute Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his family as his funeral procession followed a route through the neighborhoods to his Hyde Park parish church this morning.

In Mattapan, the mayor's "final ride" was greeted with a "final standout" with longtime loyalists and school kids lining parts of Blue Hill Ave., many holding green and white placards that read "Thank You Mayor Menino."

At the intersection of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, just shy of 100 people turned out to see former Mayor Tom Menino’s so-called “Final Ride Home” from Faneuil Hall to Hyde Park.  Read more

City is weighing four plans for use of key Mattapan site

An image from the city of Boston request for proposals shows the Cote Ford property in Mattapan as seen from Cummins Highway. Image courtesy City of Boston

Four proposals have been submitted to the city of Boston by development teams eager to build a mix of housing and retail on the site of a long-empty Mattapan car dealership.

The Cote Ford property on Cummins Highway is situated close to a planned new station on the Fairmount commuter rail line, prompting renewed interest in what has been a forlorn corner of the neighborhood for decades.  Read more

Boston Cares, Carpenters team up to build toddler beds

By 
Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 30, 2014

A volunteer helped to sand down recently built toddler beds at the New England R

Volunteers helped to assemble 500 toddler beds for Boston area families last Saturday at a service day at the headquarters of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters on Dorchester Avenue. The initiative was led Boston Cares organization with support from the carpenter’s union.  Read more

Nov. 5 meeting set for Neponset Ave. condo, eatery proposal

A rendering from a document submitted to the BRA shows a proposed condo and restaurant project that would be sited at 367 Neponset Ave. Image courtesy Souza Design Architects

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a public meeting next Wednesday to review a developer’s proposal to convert a former Neponset Avenue store and warehouse into a four-story condominium complex with a restaurant. The meeting will be held on Wed., Nov. 5 at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center at 1 Worrell St., starting at 6:30 p.m.

In a letter to the BRA filed on October 15, the principal of Sousa Design, an architectural firm, explained that Paul Adamson, who owns and operates restaurants in South Boston and Quincy, will “lead a team” in the re-development of 367 Neponset Ave. The building once housed Boston Party Rental.  Read more

Vote Yes on Question 3: Stop the Casino ‘Mess’

The advertisements for casinos are so glamorous. Sexy young people gathered around a roulette wheel dressed in ravishing clothing and oozing wealth. And the picture painted by the casino industry that wants to be in our commonwealth is of a gambling glitterati, flying in from Paris and Dubai, spending their cash to support our state’s revenue needs, rather than spending it in Connecticut and providing lots of jobs in the process. No pain, lots of gain.  Read more

Council praises Baker’s 'innovative' mixed-use library proposal, charter reform hearing soon

By 
Lauren Dezenski
Oct. 22, 2014

Councillor Frank Baker

Councillor Frank Baker’s idea to study turning branches of the city’s public libraries into mixed-use spaces was well-received at Wednesday’s meeting of the Boston City Council.

The proposal would study integrating the branch libraries throughout the city to into mixed-use developments, creating new and larger libraries, updating the buildings as well as adding valuable space for commercial and residential uses that would benefit the community. It was reported to the Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor, chaired by Councillor Sal LaMattina.

Councillor Tito Jackson commended Baker’s proposal, praising as it “innovative and disruptive.” “Councillor Baker has never been known to be disruptive on the council,” he said jokingly. At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu said the mixed-use space would be especially beneficial in neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Councillor Charles Yancey concurred, added that he knows from experience how beneficial libraries can be to a community.  Read more

Globe’s on the move: Why not stay in Dot?

Boston Globe's property: Based in Dorchester since 1958.Boston Globe's property: Based in Dorchester since 1958.

Some day soon, the Boston Globe property on Morrissey Boulevard will be sold and its hulking, three-story Pulitzer Prize-making plant will be pulverized. That’s a given and we’re good with it.

What we don’t know – yet – is the identity of the new steward of the 16-acre preserve on the banks of Patten’s Cove. But whoever takes the deed will no doubt bring us condos and baked goods and free wi-fi. Maybe we’ll even get a nice chain restaurant, the first of its kind outside of South Bay.  Read more

Bill Walczak named president of Lewis Family Foundation

Bill Walczak

Bill Walczak, the pioneering Dorchester civic and health activist who was a candidate for mayor of Boston last year, will join one of the city's leading progressive foundations as its first president. Walczak will lead the Lewis Family Foundation, which has donated more $130 million in more than 60 countries since its launch in 1981.

“We are delighted to have Bill join the Lewis Family Foundation as we work to make real, lasting and positive change,” said Harriet Lewis, chairman of the Lewis Family Foundation, in a statement issued today. “Bill’s entire career has been dedicated to social change."  Read more