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Boston Takes to the Streets to Show Solidarity With Student Led ‘March For Our Lives’

Boston Takes to the Streets to Show Solidarity With Student Led ‘March For Our Lives’

On March 24, thousands marched from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury to Boston Common for March for Our Lives, a rally held worldwide to protest gun violence following the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Leonor Muñoz, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, stood alongside her sister,

Allston Residents Apprehensive About Being Priced Out as Expensive Developments Rise

In the span of one year, businesses like like Kirin, Patron’s, Pikaichi, Soulfire, and Sunset Grill close, to name a few, leaving a void on the streets of Allston. At the same time, the skies above Allston-Brighton neighborhood are punctured by towering buildings and condos: the construction of the Boston Landing station and nearby apartments,

New $600 Million Development Breaks Ground in Fenway, Raises Gentrification Concerns

On Jan. 30, Fenway Center hosted a groundbreaking for a $600 million development project, which will include five new buildings, 550 residential units, and office and retail space, has been long-anticipated. The event was attended by Governor Charlie Baker, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Boston Planning and Development Agency Director Brian Golden, and developer John Rosenthal.

Friends, Allies, Advocates Continue to Call for ICE to Release of Nahant Activist and Mother

On Jan. 9, a crowd assembled in front of the J.F.K. Federal Building in Boston to protest the deportation of Siham Byah, an activist and single mother from Nahant, Massachusetts. Byah was detained on Nov. 7 after attending a routine check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Burlington, Massachusetts. Separated from her 8-year

Fight Supremacy: Counter-protesters outnumber permitless white nationalist rally in the Common

Photo: Olivia Deng. On Saturday, a group called Resist Marxism held their “Rally for the Republic” at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common. Surrounded by police for the entire event, the group never received a permit. Resist Marxism’s Facebook description claims they “defend freedom of speech from local government suppression and violent mobs,” but

ICE detains Nahant activist and single mother, protesters rally for her release

Photo: Steve Ahlquist. On Nov. 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Siham Byah, a 40-year-old single mother from Nahant, Massachusetts, into custody. Byah faces a final deportation order after attending a check-in at an ICE office in Burlington, Massachusetts. Her 8-year-old son is currently in Department of Children and Families’ custody. According to a press

The Hub, Housing and HQ2: What could Boston’s Amazon bid mean for housing in the city?

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Photo: Steve Jurvetson. On Oct. 20, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh released a formal proposal for Boston’s candidacy as the host city for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. “As America’s city of revolutionary progress, Boston is the perfect fit for Amazon to build community, create opportunity and advance its world-changing mission,”

Allston-Brighton City Council Candidates Discuss Housing Issues

At the Allston-Brighton District 9 Candidates Forum on Sept. 14, the dominating theme was affordable housing. Moderated by DigBoston Editor Chris Faraone, Councilor Mark Ciommo, Brandon Bowser and Alex Golonka faced off in a town hall meeting. While Ciommo’s positioning himself as the experienced candidate, Bowser’s running as a community-oriented educator and arts advocate and

The Battle for Land is a Battle of Words: How Language Shapes Neighborhood Development in Boston

Dorchester has become increasingly yuppified, according to some residents. Honeycomb Cafe, located near the Savin Hill MBTA Station, recently opened. (Photo by Olivia Deng) Shitty. Trendy. Townies. Yuppies. Teamsters. Bourgeoisie. Gritty. Upscale. Bleak. Vibrant. The meaning of these words takes on various dimensions in the context of neighborhood development, as developers and politicians use words

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