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Meet Tenant Organizer María Christina Blanco

Testifying at a City Council hearing: L-R: Jacqueline Gomez, Marta Franco, Crisanto Rosas, Zenaida Flores, Rita Paul and María Christina Blanco.

Tuesday marks the kickoff of a city-sponsored review of what Washington Street should be like from Forest Hills to Jackson Square. A lot of interests will be in play as residents and officials build that master plan. Expect many of those voices to come from JP-based City Life/Vida Urbana, a tenants’ rights organization. Jamaica Plain News recently walked Washington Street with María Christina Blanco, a lead organizer with City Life. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Olmsted Place Developer’s $150K to Fund Tenant Organizing, Park Work

An example of the work done by City Life/Vida Urbana. This is a City Council hearing on “just cause” evictions. Credit: City Life/Vida Urbana

On Tuesday the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voted 10-1 to recommend grants totaling $150,000 to two JP organizations. The money comes from the mitigation fund from the Boston Residential Group, developers of Olmsted Place Apartments at 161A South Huntington Ave. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Ain’t No One Can Afford This’ — Video Project Debuts at Lantern Parade

Santo Anibal Ramirez, owner of Anibal Color Studio, talking about closing his business due to the rise in rent. Credit: “Ain’t No One Can Afford This”
People pour their sweat and souls into things they believe are worth their time. Helen “Homefries” Matthews, a Jamaica Plain resident of 13 years, dedicates her time to “Ain’t No One Can Afford This,” a public video project that will share the stories of JP residents and business owners who have been or are being priced out. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Latino Business Owners Facing Eviction Take Stand Against New Landlord

Santo Ramírez, one of the store owners being evicted from City Realty property on Washington Street, shakes hands with supporters during a rally on Sept. 16, 2014.

City Realty is evicting Santo Ramírez from Anibal Color Studio, the business he’s run at 3154 Washington St. for the last six years. On Tuesday, he and other business tenants took to the streets to protest what they say is their new landlord’s heavy hand. (more…) Continue Reading →

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