The fifth annual "State of Our Neighborhood" forum took place Thursday at the Kennedy School. This year's gathering focused on affordable housing. The format was designed to get specific commitments from politicians who represent JP on City Council and on Beacon Hill. More than 200 people attended the event, which was organized by JP New Economy Transition. [View the story "As It Happened: 'State of Our Neighborhood' 2015" on Storify]
Good morning, JP. Here's your morning memo for Tuesday, April 15. City-wide Moment of Silence: As everyone knows, Tuesday is the first anniversary of the Marathon bombing. At 2:49 p.m., when the first bomb went off a year ago, Mayor Marty Walsh is asking the city to observe a moment of silence. Reasons We're a Better City Than a Year Ago: JP-based journalist Chris Faraone put together an excellent 15-point argument about how our city has improved since the bombing.
Thursday night, more than 250 gathered for a forum addressing racial justice and equity. Here are a few short clips of residents reflecting on the "State of JP." Betsaida Gutiérrez
These comments, from perhaps JP's most well-known advocate of affordable housing, are in Spanish. Scroll to the bottom for a rough translation into English. Native speakers, let me know in the comments if I missed anything!
Here's your morning update for Thursday, Feb. 27. Parents from JP schools are organizing to fight proposed cuts that will hit all schools (including the Curley and Mendell, among others.) On Tuesday, for instance, I saw a delegation from the Curley in City Hall making their case. This morning the Globe detailed the overall cuts, which include about 250 teacher and classroom positions, roughly 120 jobs from the central office and putting seventh- and eighth-graders on the T instead of school buses. If you're a Curley parent, here is a list of contacts if you want to get involved.
Hello neighbors. Here's your morning update for Wednesday, Feb. 26. Want to learn more about urban farming? There's an information session about the Urban Farmer Training Program on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Roxbury.
Looking to civic meetings this week, there are several JP properties on the docket for Tuesday's Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall. The meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. in Room 801. And later on Tuesday, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council holds its monthly meeting. The agenda includes addressing three vacancies in "Area A" of the elected advisory board.