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Life in Mission Hill: With a lack of affordability, attorney looks to care for neighborhood

Justin Brogden, 31, has lived in Mission Hill for three and half years. He loves it. “You could be in [downtown] Boston within 20 minutes,” he said. Brogden admitted that the biggest challenge facing the neighborhood is the affordability. “It used to be an area that was pretty affordable. However, it is becoming less and…

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Life in Mission Hill: Concerned on gentrification, families of color being pushed out

“My most vivid memory,” said 25-year-old Breannah Conward-Lewis, ”is learning that the Tobin Community Center has a backyard space with a garden. It gives me hope for having those kind of resources in the city. Just seeing the community gather back there made me really happy.” As a youth development coordinator for the city of…

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Innovative Solutions to Curb the Gun Violence Epidemic

Around 50 people gathered in a large meeting room at Massachusetts General Hospital on the afternoon of Friday, April 13. Among them were four groups of innovators looking to win a $10,000 grand prize from CAMtech, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies based at the hospital. After two months of preparation, all four teams shared the same goals: curb the gun violence epidemic and improve the lives of survivors.

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Recovering from Opioid Addiction with Limited Treatment Options

One of Mara Zellman’s favorite drinks is an affogato: a scoop of vanilla ice cream sunk in espresso, served at one of Boston’s North End coffee shops. She sips it outdoors and barefoot, auburn hair tied in a loose spray at the nape of her neck, cross-legged in a strip of grass between Haymarket station…

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METCO: One Day for Students in a Voluntary Desegregation Program

Founded in 1966, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, or METCO, is the longest-running voluntary desegregation program in the country. After its founding, METCO helped integrate some suburban schools. But most of Boston Public Schools remained heavily segregated. So in 1974, Boston schools faced a court-ordered mandate to fully desegregate, leading to the Boston Busing Crisis. Mandated…

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#NEUToo: Your School Is Not Immune To Sexual Assault

They moved fast. In the middle of the night, under the moonlit sky with only their smartphone flashlights and hundreds of posters in their hands, they combed the Northeastern University campus. A team of activists were launching a campaign against sexual violence on their campus. This would be their first strike.  According to the United…