Living near Tufts: No longer the tough part of town; Davis Square gentrified

In March 2016, Johnny D’s Uptown, a jazz club that often provided a platform for local and alternative musicians, closed its doors for good. According to a March 10, 2016 Boston Globe article, Johnny D’s opened in 1969 and had become a Davis Square institution in its 47 years of operation. A couple of months […]

Living near Tufts: West Somerville’s housing gentrification and a future with the university

The following article is part one of a two-part series focusing on local residents and businesses in West Somerville and their interactions with gentrification in the area. The West Somerville community has certainly changed and developed since the founding of Tufts in 1852. However, in recent years, the area has undergone significant gentrification, resulting in notable changes to its housing market. […]

Somerville contends to host second Amazon headquarters

The City of Somerville sent in a bid last month to host Amazon’s planned second headquarters, proposing a transit-oriented campus running through areas of Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Chelsea and Medford. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s proposal to host the headquarters competes against bids offered by more than 200 cities across the country, including Boston’s proposal for a campus at Suffolk Downs. The proposed Somerville campus, named “Amazon on […]

Weekender: With his residency, artist Wen-ti Tsen reaches past the center

The Tufts University Art Gallery opened its new exhibition, “Home Town: Re-presenting Boston’s Chinatown as Place of People – Now and Then,” on Oct. 2 with works by Wen-ti Tsen. The artist — who was born in China, grew up in Europe and later moved to the United States — is the artist-in-residence for this semester through the […]

Tufts-Somerville relationship strained by issues of housing, social responsibility

Over the past several years, Somerville politicians have repeatedly criticized Tufts University on a number of issues, arguing that the school too often serves its own interests at the city’s expense. Tufts, according to several of Somerville’s aldermen, has expanded its reach into city neighborhoods, which has threatened housing affordability for local residents and clashed with […]

The newly-revamped BLR by Shojo offers Asian fusion food in authentic setting

Asian gastropub Shojo’s presence in Chinatown has always been somewhat controversial. In an area with abundant cheap Asian options, Shojo is able to differentiate its brand by serving pricier but arguably higher-quality food. Furthermore, Chinatown is one of the most centrally located neighborhoods in Boston, so it is reasonable to open a “hip” restaurant around […]

Green Line Extension and gentrification

The butt of many jokes, the Green Line Extension project (GLX) is nevertheless a substantial infrastructural undertaking with considerable repercussions on the Boston Metro Area. The project has been in the planning stages since the 1990s, and construction finally began in 2012—four years ago. The extension is nowhere near finished. The latest headlines concerning GLX […]

Gentrification is real, preventable

I remember when I first learned the term gentrification. I was a small child sitting in the backseat of my dad’s car on our way to Central Park, and my dad was trying to convince my teenage sister that the neighborhood where he lived was safe. “It used to be that you couldn’t walk around […]

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: We were extremely disappointed to read the large number of errors, inaccuracies and misrepresentations in an article characterizing Tufts Medical Center’s relationship with the Chinatown community (“Boston Chinatown’s gentrification linked historically to Tufts Medical Center’s expansion,” published Dec. 3, 2014). The article presents outdated information as if it was current, confuses actions […]

Boston Chinatown’s gentrification linked historically to Tufts Medical Center’s expansion

This is part one of a two-part series on gentrification in Boston’s Chinatown. Part one will focus on the history of the power struggle over the land. Part two will focus on the situation today. Tufts Medical Center’s historical struggle with Chinatown over Parcel C Of all of Boston’s neighborhoods, Chinatown is at the highest […]