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Neighborhood Concerns over Development Changes on St. George Street

(Credit: Laura Herrera).

What was once the long-vacant Bethel Tabernacle Pentecostal Church on St. George Street – known fondly by some locals as the “Jesus Saves Church” – was torn down in 2011, supposedly to make way for condominiums. 

But neighbors were surprised t
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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - July 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

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Do You Want a Digital Billboard in Your Neighborhood?

A Clear Channel Digital billboard, featuring the late star Michael Jackson, is seen in Los Angeles in February 2010.

Are you ready for digital billboards on state land across the commonwealth? The Department of Transportation wants the glowing house-sized signs on its property across the state, and the revenue they’ll bring to the state, according to the Boston Globe.

Under the current deal signed with Clear Channel, the state would get a cut of each billboard’s revenue—either 25 percent or $ 90,000 per year, whichever is higher. But other states negotiated more lucrative deals.

Current state law allows these digital billboards, but prohibits any animation. So you won’t see the latest Geico lizard ad or anything like that, but you may see a rotating set of images. It also requires the sign’s owner to set aside time for public service announcements.

You may have passed one of these signs already. There are digital billboards in Foxborough, Medford, Stoneham and a few other locations.

Former Governor Michael Dukakis is a vocal opponent of the digital billboards (and billboards in general). He was especially angry about the lack of siting oversight for local communities. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

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PHOTOS: Neighborhood Cleanup Day at Harriet Tubman Park

Dana and Janet Spiffing up the sidewalks.

Last weekend, several South End residents got together to spruce up Harriet Tubman Park, an annual cleanup that takes on special significance this year.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death, a fact not lost on the volunteers who came out to spruce up the park. 

“There is special significance to cleaning up the park named after her, which also features the first statue honoring a woman on Boston-owned property,” said Scott Mabel of the Pilot Block Neighborhood Association.

While several neighbors raked, swept, and weeded the park, others cleaned up the sidewalks and alley entrance areas, he said. About 15 people volunteered in all to clean up the park and some of the nearby alley areas.

The park also features an interesting geo-cache, where more than 80 people have already logged their visits to the park. 

Mabel said he frequently sees visitors to the park posing with the statue and taking a second to reflect on Tubman’s historical significance.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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Week in Review: Trash Pilot Program, Crime Down in Neighborhood

Trash left out a day early, according to the report.

The following were the top headlines on South End Patch from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2013: 

New Trash Pilot Program Starting March 1st

Some South End neighborhoods will test a new program aimed at decreasing the amount of time trash spends on the curb waiting for pickup.

K9strolls Dog Daycare Opens on Pembroke Street read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

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Things to Know in the South End Today, Feb. 6: Chester Sq. Neighborhood Association Talks Trees, Trash

Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association

1. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of snow showers before 9 a.m. then a gradual clearing, with a high of 39 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

2. Chester Square Neighborhood Meeting: For the residents of the Chester Sq. area, there’s a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Harriet Tubman House at United South End Settlements (566 Columbus Ave.) On the agenda is information and planning for an Arbor Day event in April, trash issues and information for new residents. See here for more information.

3. Brewers Helping Neighbors: Coming up on Thursday is a special event at the United South End Settlements, (566 Columbus Ave.) Join friends, colleagues, and neighbors for this year’s Brewers Helping Neighbors, which will feature a Mardi Gras theme with live music, ten local brewers, and four Your $ 40 ticket supports the work of United South End Settlements – direct services and community advocacy for the South End and Lower Roxbury. See here for more information.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

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Taylor Street Wooden House Renovations Blocked by Neighborhood

The home currently under construction. The north facade has been preserved.

When Ramy Rizkalla bought his new home on Taylor Street, he knew it’d be a long road to renovation. That’s because the home, which he originally believed was built in the mid-1800s with original ornamentation and features and would be heavily protected by city agencies. 

That was before he found out most of what you see on the home today was built in the 1970s. 

“None of the windows, none of the ornamentation, none of the mouldings, none of it is original,” Rizkalla said. “All of that was added in the 70s and 80s.”

And therein lies the solution — and the problem. The renovations, which were approved over an 18-month process through the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Boston Landmarks Commission, and the South End Historical Society, were blocked this week due to neighborhood concerns.

“That’s one of the biggest problems – there really is a substantial misunderstanding of what people are looking at, and what is truly historic,” Rizkalla said. “We have all the necessary approvals but I think there’s been a need for clarification.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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