The Boston Main Streets Foundation and JP Centre/South Main Streets have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 by September 30 to bring a new lighting display to the neighborhood this holiday and year-round. "The community's identity is as distinctive as any other neighborhood in Boston, but the district’s holiday displays have suffered from lack of funding, locations, manpower, and storage," said a press release from JP Centre/South Main Streets (JPCSMS). But JPCSMS wants to do state-of-the-art light displays, and if the community raises $5,000, it will be matched with a grant from the Boston Main Street Foundation (BMSF). You can learn more and donate to the JP Centre/South Main Streets holiday lighting by clicking here. “The holidays are a joyous time to reflect on the idea of community.
No more Magic. No more Dungeons & Dragons on Wednesday nights. That will be the case after JP Comics & Games closes its doors at the end of this month.
"We are saddened to announce that JP Comics & Games will be closing its doors at the end of the month. This came up pretty quickly on us, and we are putting a fair amount of inventory on sale," said a Facebook post on Sept.
Shock, bewilderment, frustration, cries for a historic designation -- those are some of the feelings and suggestions that people have uttered since news broke about Doyle's closing on Monday. Quickly, a Save Doyle's Cafe Facebook page was created, and as of Tuesday night, more than 500 people have liked the page. Some folks took to reaching out to the CEO of Davio's, which has an agreement to buy Doyle's liquor license for $455,000. As of Tuesday night, Davio's CEO Steve DiFillippo, had not tweeted any response, after previously stating he didn't know the liquor license was coming from Doyle's. Many folks shared fond memories of Doyle's.
The owner of Doyle's has said the iconic restaurant that first opened in 1882 is closing, and that he has sold the liquor license to a steakhouse. “It’s very sad,’’ said Doyle’s owner Gerry Burke Jr to the Boston Globe. “I grew up here and I’ve had a wonderful childhood. It’s been my identity for as long as I can remember. It’s a terrible thing and I’m as sad as I can be.
Businesses are being asked to offer their opinions on what they'd want to see if Centre/South Street were redesigned. The Boston Cyclists Union and JP Centre/South Main Streets are conducting a survey of businesses in the district, and will be sharing the survey's results with the Boston Transportation Department. The city's plans for the Centre/South redesign are on hold, but are expected to restart soon, according to the JPCSMS newsletter. It is part of the already completed redesign of Jackson Square and Hyde Square. The city has allocated more than $700,000 for the design alone, which would go from Hyde Square down Centre and South streets to the Arborway, said Ginger Brown, director of JPCSMS.
The survey asks business owners to rank seven options on what they feel is most important in a redesign: increased pedestrian/sidewalk space; improved bike infrastructure and bike parking; improved bus service; improved streetscape (like benches, lighting, greenery, public art); better signage for the business district; and increased parking for cars.