A close-up of the window at Tails, 380 Centre St. It's one of three JP business windows in the running for this year's Deck the Windows contest. A new pizza joint in West Roxbury is running away with this year's "Deck the Windows" city contest for holiday decorating — and leaving JP's three entries in the dust. But that could change if JP residents get clicking in the Main Streets contest. Here's the link.
Two intersections two blocks apart in Egleston Square have two distinct problems. This was brought to the attention of Acting Boston Transportation Commissioner Jim Gillooly Tuesday afternoon. At a joint meeting of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association and Egleston Square Main Street, the area was painted as a business district crossroads where traffic signals, vehicular turns, school children crossing to the library, pedestrians walking home and traffic back ups all come together. School Street
School Street, a residential cross-town street with three schools on it, has motorists rushing to catch the Washington Street light. That can endanger children and families who live on the street. "We have some key issues to look at," said Tim Reardon of the Neighborhood Association, who led the tour of residents, city transportation officials, Department of Neighborhood Development staffer Kara Miller and Police Officer Carlos Martinez.
Six Latino-owned businesses on the brink of having to leave Egleston Square because of rent hikes appear to have a deal that will keep them in place. Luis Cotto, executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, said Wednesday that City Realty's Fred Starikov has tentatively agreed to reasonable rent increases for six of the remaining business at 3152-3160 Washington St. Cotto said that City Reality held a four-hour meeting with the community. The meeting, which comes after months of negotiations, was brokered in part by City Councilor Matt O'Malley's office and led by Alison Moronta, small business director for the JP Neighborhood Development Corp. "City Reality realized they were being shut out of other projects" by the way they mishandled Egleston Square, said Pablo Calderon, chairperson of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Assoc. The news about 3152-3160 Washington came during a Wednesday meeting of the revamped neighborhood association.
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. I sat with Homefries for about two hours in Café Bartlett Square. As she spoke about her community and its residents, I saw the fervor in her eyes with which she is diving into this video project full-fledged.
Rise and shine, JP. Here's your morning memo for Thursday, April 24. Hot Jazz, Cool Neighborhood: There's a lot happening all over JP. And Egleston Square is no exception. Mark your calendars for May 15 to attend "Hot Jazz, Cool Neighborhood" — a benefit for Egleston Square Main Street.