February 5, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch eat your heart out. #bostonsnow

Benedict Cumberbatch eat your heart out. #bostonsnow

January 20, 2014
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“Here in JP”
By Krissy Skare, Michael Glashow and Joel Sindelar
They say that the water’s cleaner in any suburban lake
You dream about movin’ out there, but that is a big mistake
Just look at the town around you, Southwest on the Corridor
The greenways and parks surround you, what more are you looking for? Here in JP, here in JP, Our plant museum—the Arboretum’s—bursting with trees!
Out in the ’burbs they slave away and take commuter trains all day, While we be likin’ all of our bikin’
Here in JP! T
he pond is the place to go to if you want a nice, long walk
Pretend you’re a fancy captain and rent a boat from the dock Spontaneous hosts a party: each year we all dance and play
Make lanterns so nice and arty—watch out as you cross J’way!

Here in JP, here in JP
You can dress weird here, and grow a beard here, take it from me!
We got a bunch of hangout spots and for the kids we got tot lots!
We got no trouble, live in a bubble Here in JP!
We ride the T Jackson to Forest, Sam Adams tourists take the trolley! Whether the bridge should go or stay, here in JP you’ll have your say
All things that matter generate chatter
Here in JP!

Go visit the vet or read the Gazette
If you want to cook, or borrow a book, Walk down Centre Street and you’re bound to meet A pal—maybe two or three! (Yeah)
Shop at Kitchenwitch and then Knit n’ Stitch
Eat at Wonder Spice, or Ban Chiang is nice Get your sugar fix down at JP Licks,
Then tix for the Footlight Club!

Here in JP, here in JP Wake Up the Earth here, have a home birth here, naturally!
What do they got—a lot of land; we got a hot SingPositive band!
So many bak’ries feed us their pastries—Here in JP!
Join a committee, make your street pretty—Here in JP!
We got two rotaries and several groc’ries,
Stake out your part in community garden, Neighborhood listservs, so many hipsters

Here in JP!

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Chorus praises JP in song lyrics | Jamaica Plain Gazette

January 17, 2014
Jamaica Plain walking tour - The Boston Globe

My home.   The last sentence reads: “It’s challenging to experience all that Jamaica Plain has to offer in one visit or even two. It’s a neighborhood made to return to again and again.”  I’ve lived here for nearly 7 years and haven’t been to all the places mentioned.   

January 1, 2014
2013 Year in Review: Memorable EventsI started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My…View Post

2013 Year in Review: Memorable Events

I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My…

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December 16, 2013
Beer Review: Samuel Adams Merry Maker

Beer: Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout
Brewer: Boston Beer Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.8 of 10)
Comments: In a small tulip-glass, this beer pours out inky black with a tan finger-width head.  The aroma is suitably Christmas-y with bread, ginger, and…

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November 20, 2013
"On Novemeber 19th, MassDOT revealed their final design for the $59 million Casey Arborway project. Latest information is that they will advertise to contractors on January 25, select the lowest responsible bidder and issue a Notice to Proceed around May 30, 2014. Substantial demolition will have taken place by the end of 2014 - likely working from the ends towards the middle - and the project is expected to be completed by September 30, 2016."

#ArborwayMatters: Casey Arborway Annotated: The South/Washington Corridor

November 8, 2013
Disappointed I didn’t see this before Election Day.

Disappointed I didn’t see this before Election Day.

May 28, 2013
Support Bikes Not Bombs!

This weekend I will be riding in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon with my 18-month daughter Kay as my co-pilot.  

Bikes Not Bombs is one of my favorite charitable  social justice organization because it uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. This includes shipping restored bikes to International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean where sustainable transportation is vital for economic development. Closer to home, Youth Programs in the Boston area teach bicycle safety and mechanical skills to local teens building self-confidence and personal responsibility. Please make a donation to help the world-changing activities of Bikes Not Bombs. Better yet, come join us for the ride and/or for the post-ride festival at Stony Brook.

May 15, 2013

My wife, son & I will all be singing in this concert on Sunday!


Join SINGPOSITIVE, JP! 
as we present our Spring Concert







"AWAKE, MY SOUL"

Celebrate spring, change, growth, and rebirth 
with JP’s biggest intergenerational chorus and band

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013, 4PM 
St. John’s Episcopal Church (1 Roanoke Ave.)

Songs from Mumford & Sons, Michael Jackson, The Muppets, 
James Taylor, “Hair,” Peter, Paul and Mary, and more

Tickets: $10/adults, $5/kids ages 2-16
Learn more about us at www.SingPositive.org
Visit our Facebook event!

My wife, son & I will all be singing in this concert on Sunday!
Join SINGPOSITIVE, JP! 
as we present our Spring Concert
"AWAKE, MY SOUL"
Celebrate spring, change, growth, and rebirth 
with JP’s biggest intergenerational chorus and band
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013, 4PM 
St. John’s Episcopal Church (1 Roanoke Ave.)
Songs from Mumford & Sons, Michael Jackson, The Muppets, 
James Taylor, “Hair,” Peter, Paul and Mary, and more
Tickets: $10/adults, $5/kids ages 2-16
Learn more about us at www.SingPositive.org
Visit our Facebook event!

May 6, 2013
"To my eye, and as a neighbor who has chosen to live in Jamaica Plain for its great diversity and abundant greenspace, the plan to eliminate the bridge is a huge opportunity for my community. The city of Boston will get a more rational street layout and a reconnection between Jamaica Pond, the world-class Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park. We’ll get a tree-lined boulevard instead of a massive and unnecessary fly-over for transitory drivers. We’ll get blue sky and open space, an inviting network of bike paths and pedestrian ways where bridge abutments and ramps now stand. Commuters heading for the Orange Line at Forest Hills Station from northern Jamaica Plain will get a new Head House for the subway station that eliminates the need for many to cross the East-west flow of traffic. And Jamaica Plain will get a newly redesigned plaza where the buses currently idle that may serve as valuable community space. Forest Hills and Jamaica Plain have the potential to become a showcase gateway for southern Boston, a more functional transit hub and potentially a recreational mecca for the residents of the city and beyond. I’m hopeful that the evolving plans will continue to be informed by the rich history of the area. Though I believe it is unrealistic to wish for a return to an idyllic 19th century vision of parkland in the midst of this very real 21st century transportation dilemma, I believe that the local heritage can and should inform the decision making. Where a large, ugly overpass now stands, a beautifully landscaped parkway once existed - and, in adapted form, it may well exist again:"

500 Monkeys With Paintbrushes

Part of a brilliant blog post by a Jamaica Plain resident on the history of the Arborway in Forest Hills and a bright vision of the future.

March 7, 2013
Support At Grade Road at Forest Hills

Deadline to write MassDOT w/ your support for Casey Arborway at grade road in Forest Hills, Jamaica Plain is Mar. 13.  Check out my blog post on why auto-centric highways (elevated or otherwise) are bad for the urban environment and what we can build in its place. Then, please write a letter of support for the at-grade project and your ideas for design to:   

Thomas F. Broderick,
P.E., Chief Engineer,
MassDOT,
10 Park Plaza,
Boston, MA 02116,
Attention.: Paul King, Project File No. 605511

or

dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us (include the above address information in the email)

Such submissions will also be accepted at the meeting. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public meeting transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Information Meeting. Project inquiries may be emailed to:

dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us

March 7, 2013
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Still, the potential for thriving redevelopment is vividly apparent in Forest Hills, and in many other areas around transit stations — and together, these sites will hold the key to providing something Eastern Massachusetts desperately needs to make itself more welcoming: reasonably priced, transit-friendly housing that will attract newcomers to the Boston area.

All too often, the state’s out-of-control housing prices prevent that from happening now. The Boston region has the nation’s third-highest rental prices, trailing only San Francisco and New York; the region also has extremely low vacancy rates for both renters and buyers. This paucity of housing scares away businesses and potential residents. There is no starker illustration of these woes than the thousands who graduate from Boston-area universities every year and immediately leave to start their careers and families elsewhere — an exodus that takes a continuing toll on the city’s vitality.


Massachusetts has at least promoted the construction of housing whose costs is artificially kept down through deed restrictions, subsidies, and other means. But these measures aren’t necessarily helpful to younger workers who earn just a little too much to qualify for affordable-housing programs. What the region needs — and what Boston and other dense local communities should promote — are moderately priced market-rate units in emerging neighborhoods with good transit access and the potential to develop appealing urban amenities.

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Open Up, Boston: Somerville’s Davis Square offers model for solving region’s housing woes - Editorials - The Boston Globe

Great article on development in my neighborhood.  I’m excited about what’s in store for the future (if we can keep the NIMBY’s at bay).

February 9, 2013
Jamaica Plain Soldiers Monument in the snow.

Jamaica Plain Soldiers Monument in the snow.

February 9, 2013
Centre Street in Jamaica Plain was a hub of activity.

Centre Street in Jamaica Plain was a hub of activity.

February 9, 2013
Forest Hills bereft of auto traffic.  

Forest Hills bereft of auto traffic.  

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