Steph Solis
Dec 2, 2022 - News

Jamaica Plain’s at-risk affordable housing

The front of the Forbes apartment building in Jamaica Plain.

The Forbes building on Centre Street. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

A Jamaica Plain apartment building housed low-income tenants under an affordable housing law for four decades, but a debate is now brewing over what should happen to the building now that the law's restrictions have ended.

What's happening: Paul Clayton, who heads the investor group that owns the Forbes building, is seeking millions in city and state aid to renovate the building and government subsidies to keep rental units affordable. 

Steph Solis
Dec 2, 2022 - News

What to know about the Earthshot Prize awards

Prince William, left, and Princess Kate, right, wave as they stand by a podium with a green button. They pressed it and turned City Hall's lights green.

Prince William and Princess Kate of Wales helped light up Boston green outside City Hall on Wednesday. Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage

The royal couple's visit to Boston culminates with Friday's Earthshot Prize ceremony, in which five organizations will receive the coveted climate award. The ceremony is expected to begin shortly after 5pm.

Catch up fast: The Earthshot Prize Council named 30 finalists, including two based in the U.S. (neither from Boston, sadly).

Mike Deehan
Dec 1, 2022 - News

Boston is the rattiest city in the nation

Data: U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 American Housing Survey; Chart: Jacque Schrag and Alice Feng/Axios

We did it, Boston. We have the most rodent sightings in the entire country.

Driving the news: Boston is the rattiest city in the nation, according to 2021 American Housing Survey data that ranked metro regions by the number of rodent sightings inside homes.

Mike Deehan
Nov 30, 2022 - News

MBTA officials eye connecting Red and Blue lines

A rendering shows how the Charles MGH Red Line station would be a quick escalator ride from the Blue Line. Courtesy: MassDOT

The MBTA's extension of the Green Line is finally set to open next month, and transit advocates are looking ahead to see if there's hope for another long-stalled T expansion project: a link between the Red and Blue lines in the heart of downtown.

The big picture: The Blue and Red are the only subway lines in the MBTA system that don't intersect. A plan to connect them has existed in one form or another for nearly a century.

Steph Solis
Nov 29, 2022 - News

Massachusetts keeps seeing influx of migrants

Asylum seekers are escorted into the U.S. from Mexico.

Asylum seekers being escorted into the U.S. from Mexico. Photo: Michael Nigro/Getty Images

In the past two months alone, Immigrant Family Services Institute Inc. in Mattapan has seen nearly 1,000 Haitian migrants come into the Bay State, says the Rev. Dieufort Fleurissaint, a local pastor who works with the organization.

Why it matters: IFSI-USA is just one of several organizations in Massachusetts helping new arrivals from Venezuela, Haiti and other nations who fled political instability, violence and severe poverty back home.

Mike Deehan
Nov 28, 2022 - News

Documents on murders tied to Marathon bombing close to release

Photo: Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

New details about a triple murder in Waltham possibly connected to the Boston Marathon bombing could soon become public.

What's happening: Secretary of State William Galvin's office is reviewing documents from the Middlesex County District Attorney's office about the deaths of three men in 2011 that outside investigators suspect were committed by bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Steph Solis
Nov 23, 2022 - News

Coast Cannabis & the chocolate factory

Co-owner Brian Cusnick holds out a large tray full of cannabis-infused s'mores chocolate bars in the Coast Cannabis facility.

Not your Cub Scouts' s'mores chocolate. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

It's Green Wednesday, which is considered the Black Friday of cannabis consumers.

Driving the news: To commemorate the holiday, we're catching a glimpse into cannabis manufacturer Coast Cannabis' facility in Wareham, where it makes organic, cannabis-infused chocolate bars and gummies before they're shipped off to Boston-area dispensaries.

Steph Solis
Nov 21, 2022 - News

Mozart Park mural pays tribute to Afro-Latino artists

Jorge Arce takes a small paintbrush to paint details on a woman in a traditional-style white dress for la bamba dance.

Jorge Arce, a local musician who is friends with lead artist Roberto Chao, is painting his daughter’s face near a portrait of him. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

When people now enter Mozart Park, they will see the faces of Cuban singer Celia Cruz, Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra and other pioneers of Latin music across the left wall.

  • The portraits are part of a 160-foot-long mural the Hyde Square Task Force unveiled this past weekend.

What's happening: A group of three-dozen people, led by painter and Jamaica Plain resident Roberto Chao, created a mural in the Jamaica Plain park paying tribute to Afro-Latino artists.


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