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On the Cheap: Gail's Café & Grill

Back in October, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation brought affordable apartments to Jackson Square with new construction at 270 Centre Street.
Home-style classics in Jackson Square
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 10, 2012
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Paraphernalia paranoia: Allston head shops shut down

Who is responsible for the wave of "functional glass art" shop raids that has recently taken place throughout Allston?
Busted
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 02, 2010
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Boston pols bail on Bank of America

In this time of political stridency, where everything is either red or blue, Boston City Councilors have found a potential purple issue that everyone can stand behind, be they radical lefties or Fox News worshippers.
Locovore Banking Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 11, 2010
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Bragdon vs. Trevorrow, Greens, District 120

Charles Bragdon and Anna Trevorrow vie in the East End legislative race
Primary 2010
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 21, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010

A bad development

The most telling thing about this week's report on the R.I. Economic Development Corporation may be how many people didn't want to talk about it
Citywatch
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 24, 2009


It's getting easier to go green

In Rhode Island and across the US, economic troubles seem to be getting worse by the day. But green energy and conservation, several local advocates and entrepreneurs say, has a chance to flourish in the coming years.
THE ENVIRONMENT
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 25, 2009
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Funeral recession

These days, practically nothing is immune to the economy's woes — not even an industry that caters to what would seem to be the one recession-proof commodity: death.
These days, practically nothing is immune to the economy's woes — not even the death industry.
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  February 25, 2009
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Rhody's local food movement finds its groove

Five years ago, when Farm Fresh Rhode Island (FFRI) launched its mission of promoting Ocean State-produced food, co-founder Noah Fulmer discovered a curious disconnection in the local food chain.
Relishing the fresh flavor of homegrown goods
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 18, 2009
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Enrich thy neighbor, Portland

Back in the temperate zone, the local and national economies are in the crapper.
'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 10, 2008
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’Tis the season to buy local

Frog and Toad, an idiosyncratic gift store on Providence’s East Side, is your quintessential mom and pop shop.
 Tips for keeping your holiday gift-giving bucks in the ocean state  
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 10, 2008


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Enrich thy neighbor

 
'Buy local' and take care of business
By JULIA RAPPAPORT  |  December 08, 2008
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Ordinance aims to easy the bite of displacement

When Granoff Associates announced plans in May to renovate the Arcade in downtown Providence, tenants in the building got a scant 30 days’ notice.
Citywatch
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 27, 2008
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Corporate welfare state

In 2006, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to give away millions of tax dollars a year for decades to some of Maine’s biggest corporations.
A little change in the tax law with big consequences
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008

Big ideas for the arts

Almost every young artist I know pays the bills by selling tourists stuff from a retail shop or getting their peers drunk at bars, selling a little bit of their soul while they're at it.
Is this a soapbox or someone’s installation piece?
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 02, 2008
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D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007


Hope Artiste Village

The new Hope Artiste Village, on Main Street in Pawtucket, hopes to break the familiar cycle of gentrification.
Around Town
By JESSICA KERRY  |  December 26, 2007
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Why RI Republicans fail

Providence Journal op-ed columnist Edward Achorn has made repeated reference to the apparent “learned helplessness” of Rhode Islanders.
Quick to blame Democrats, the local GOP can’t seem to find candidates or a long-term plan of its own
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 14, 2007
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Family plots

Sidney Lumet may be 83, but his new film makes Quentin Tarantino and even the Coen Brothers look geriatric.
Sidney Lumet shows how it’s done
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 07, 2007

City Feed and Supply

Put down your brown-rice sushi and get thee to Jamaica Plain’s City Feed And Supply, a throwback to the days of mom-and-pop corner stores.
Bearing the fruits of the community back to the neighborhood
By KARA BASKIN  |  November 06, 2007

Cicilline leads charge to replace economic development guru

Three years after Donald C. Eversley was ceremoniously introduced as the president of the Providence Economic Development Partnership, the partnership has moved to not renew Eversley’s contract.
Citywatch
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 07, 2007


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Futures of WCLZ, WCYI, WTOS in limbo

Local radio station 98.9 WCLZ is going up for sale, and its future is unknown.
Portland buzz
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 06, 2007
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Unplugged

An argument can made that just as the Industrial Revolution was sparked in Rhode Island, so, too, did the withering of the Industrial Age.
Rhode Island is poised for a wireless leap forward with the first-in-the-nation statewide network
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 24, 2007
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Providence: safer than you think?

Every year, as summer approaches in US cities, violent crime spikes as predictably as the arrival of Memorial Day cookouts.
Violent crime is down, unlike in many us cities. Can the good news last?
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 24, 2007

Market forces vs. government intervention

People heading to a forum about how to preserve downtown Portland’s local business environment had to walk past vacant storefronts, and some soon to be vacated, to get to the discussion.
Choosing sides
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 21, 2007
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The brain drain

Rhode Island is lucky to have Kipp Bradford.
Rhode island needs a more robust economy to retain the young and the educated
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 15, 2007


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Would the ProJo be better with local ownership?

In 2003, former Governor Bruce Sundlun wrote a letter to Robert Decherd, the CEO of the Dallas-based Belo Corporation, expressing his interest in restoring local ownership of the Providence Journal.
Belo — unwilling to sell to Sundlun — seems a bit more benign than in the past
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 07, 2006
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Indie economy

Carolyn Mix is one of Buy Local’s newest converts. Owner of the 2Note botanical perfumery, which has been open in the Old Port for about six months, Mix says she joined Portland’s new coalition of independent businesses because she believes in the cause.
Portland’s new Buy Local campaign is playing nice, for now
By SARA DONNELLY  |  December 06, 2006
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Bold, fruity, and unsophisticated

What’s the harm in a glass of wine?
The battle over wine  
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  October 26, 2006
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She’s number four

Grace Ross is dressing me down. “You didn’t do your homework,” says Ross, the Green-Rainbow Party’s candidate for governor, her tone a mix of disappointment and frustration.
Can Grace Ross get a little respect?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 27, 2006