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Martin’s Park: A place for peace and play
Boston Globe, June 8, by Shirley Leung
Martin’s Park, next to the Children’s Museum, is lush and inviting. There are close to 350 trees, 700 shrubs, 9,400 ground cover plantings, and 4,400 white daffodils. Wooden benches — some carved from logs — dot the landscape. A path winds through the grounds, leading visitors up a slope across a pedestrian bridge to take in views of the water and skyline. [READ MORE]

A long, proud history of honoring Roxbury’s past
The Bay State Banner, June 13, by staff
Historic pride and preservation efforts in Roxbury are hardly a new trend. Nearly 100 years ago, an impressive volume, “Picturesque Boston Highlands (Roxbury), Jamaica Plain and Dorchester,” offered an 1895 account of many areas that had then already endured as Roxbury landmarks. [READ MORE]

Business is booming in Boston’s industrial port
Boston Globe, June 13, by Jon Chesto
Land in the Seaport District is trading hands for sky-high prices, as swanky glass-paneled office and condo buildings spring up from old parking lots. But several blocks away, a less celebrated part of Boston is booming as well: the city’s working port. [READ MORE]

Open House on Flood Resilient Building Guidelines & Resiliency Zoning June 17
NorthEndWaterfront.com, June 10, by staff
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) will host an open house on Monday, June 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the public to hear about the City’s efforts to promote buildings that are better adapted to coastal flooding and sea level rise. [READ MORE]

'We All Owe Al Gore An Apology': More People See Climate Change In Record Flooding
WBUR, June 8, by Nathan Rott
In late May and early June, NPR asked nearly two dozen people in Oklahoma and Arkansas who were experiencing the ongoing flooding about climate change. All of them said they believed that the climate was changing, even if they didn't directly associate the raining and floods with it or agree on the cause. (Six people said they believed God was driving the change.) [READ MORE]