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Check back regularly for news and updates about development and preservation in Boston as well as national events that impact our historic city.

Citgo Sign

Sign the Petition to Save the Citgo Sign

July 13, 2016 - The Boston Landmarks Commission has accepted a petition to designate the iconic Citgo Sign in Kenmore Square an official Boston Landmark and will now conduct a study before making its final determination. The Alliance created an online petition to demonstrate public support for saving the sign. With over 5,000 signatures we were able to show the Landmarks Commission that people all over the country, and even the world, value the sign as a symbol of the Red Sox, the Boston Marathon, and the city itself. But the sign isn't safe yet! If you haven't signed the petition, please do so and stay tuned for updates as the Landmark process continues!

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Citgo Sign

The Fight to Save the Citgo Sign Is a Proxy War for Boston's Soul

July 13, 2016 - "This is about a lot more than a big, red triangle in the sky. . Are we losing what makes us uniquely Boston in the granite-countertopped euphoria of the city’s building boom?" asks Kyle Scott Clauss of Boston Magazine

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Should It Stay Or Should It Go? The Uncertain Fate of Boston's Citgo Sign

June 30, 2016 - Some have suggested that it is time to end our love affair with the Citgo sign. But landmarks can remind us of the mistakes our society has made in the past so that we can make better choices for a more sustainable future.

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Move afoot to safeguard the Citgo Sign

June 28, 2016 - Tim Logan at the Boston Globe outlines the process and the need to designate the Citgo Sign in Kenmore Square an official Boston Landmark.

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Petition Submitted to Save Boston's Famous Citgo Sign

June 27, 2016 - Glenn Marshall of necn reports on the Alliance's petition to support an official Boston Landmark designation for the iconic CITGO sign in Kenmore Square. The sign's future is questionable as Boston University seeks proposals to develop the site.

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Winners Announced for the Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition

May 26, 2016 - The winners have been announced! The City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects launched an ideas competition for the future of the Northern Avenue Bridge and there were over 100 submissions. Alliance Executive Director Greg Galer served on the jury. Many of the winning submissions included preservation of the iconic bridge in some form.

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Tower proposals raising eyebrows. Overdevelopment a serious concern.

April 18, 2016 - Residents and advocates are raising red flags about a rash of new high-rise towers and skyscrapers planned for Downtown Crossing — an area with outdated building rules that the Boston Redevelopment Authority has no pressing plans to update even as the Hub undergoes its largest building boom in city history.

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Archival photo showing gears of Boston's Northern Avenue Bridge

Steampunk in the Seaport

January 28, 2016 - The Northern Avenue Bridge has suffered the slings and arrows of the city's shifting fortunes for more than a century -— and it's always come out swinging.

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Northern Ave. Bridge -– a new life, a new era

January 26, 2016 - Walsh could leave behind a rehabilitated structure that becomes a signature attraction of its own. To make that happen, the city needs to commit right now to a broader creative vision of what the bridge could mean for Boston.

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Note of pause is urged before rushing to take down Northern Avenue Bridge

January 25, 2016 - Alliance Executive Director, Greg Galer, explains in a Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe why the historic Northern Avenue Bridge should be rehabilitated.

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Mayor decides it's time to brighten up dreary City Hall

January 23, 2016 - City Hall will get a whole new lighting strategy that will not only make the site safer at night, but will highlight its original design features.

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Historic waterfront span may be rebuilt as part of GE deal

January 20, 2016 - Money is allocated for the Northern Avenue Bridge as part of GE's move to the Seaport District. Greg Galer urges rehabilitation of the historic bridge.

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6 Tired Buildings Being Transformed Into Something New

November 13, 2015 - Bisnow asks Alliance Executive Director, Greg Galer, about six old buildings in Boston and what they contribute to their neighborhoods.

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AllianceALERT: The Colonial Theatre

October 9, 2015 - The Alliance responds to concerns about Emerson College's proposal to alter the historic Colonial Theatre.

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Why Boston developers are reusing old buildings for new homes

August 3, 2015 - Greg Galer says that Boston's older buildings provide interesting character around the city and give different neighborhoods their own unique feel.

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Battle to Preserve Historic Dearborn School Seems at End, Reports Boston Globe

August 3, 2015 - The historic Dearborn School will be demolished to make way for a new school building on the site in Roxbury.

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Dearborn School

The Alliance Responds to MHC's Finding of 'No Adverse Effect; at the Dearborn in Roxbury

July 16, 2015 - The Massachusetts Historical Commission ruled 'no adverse effect' to the demolition of the historic Dearborn School in Roxbury.

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Greg Galer speaks about the Dearborn School on WGBH's Greater Boston

February, 2015 - Executive Director Greg Galer appeared on WGBH's Greater Boston to voice support for consideration of alternatives to demolition for the historic Dearborn School.

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City should grab chance to explore new tech school sites

February 6, 2015 - The Globe explains why the city should explore options to reuse the historic Dearborn School in Roxbury and find a better site for a new STEM school.

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Rosanne Foley appointed Executive Director of Boston Landmarks Commission

January, 2015 - Mayor Walsh appoints Rosanne Foley, resident of Dorchester, as the new Executive Director of the Boston Landmarks Commission

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Greg Galer Explains the Importance of the Northern Avenue Bridge

December 31, 2014 - Alliance Executive Director Greg Galer discusses the importance of saving the historic Northern Avenue Bridge in a letter to the Boston Globe.

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City Closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

December 19, 2014 - The Alliance has been working on and off for about twenty years to save the Northern Avenue Bridge from threats of demolition. Now its condition has required closure. Join us in helping turn the current, severe threat as a rallying cry to find a solution to saving this icon of the waterfront and Fort Point.

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How to Rebuild Architecture

December 15, 2014 - An op-ed article in the New York Times, published December 15, explores the relationship between architects and the community. "The question is, at what point does architecture's potential to improve human life become lost because of its inability to connect with actual humans?" Do you agree or disagree? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter!

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CNN Money: LogMeIn Named 2014 Boston Preservation Alliance Achievement Award Winner

October 24, 2014 - LogMeIn, Inc.(Nasdaq:LOGM), has been named a winner of the 2014 Boston Preservation Achievement Awardsin recognition for the company's renovation and restoration of its corporate headquarters located at 320 Summer Street in Boston's Innovation District. The company's project was also voted the fan favorite 2014 Preservation Achievement Award winner by an online public vote.

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Libations for Preservation - A Cocktail Competition of Historic Proportions

October 2014 - Boston BarHopper covers Libations for Preservation, a recent fundraiser event hosted by the Young Professionals of the Boston Preservation Alliance. The cocktail competition took place at GrandTen Distilling in South Boston on September 27.

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Is Boston Doing Enough to Preserve Its Landmarks? WGBH Asks the Alliance

September 16, 2014 - Boston is full of structures that reflect our rich history, yet we're also known for demolishing whole neighborhoods in the name of urban improvement. Has Boston learned from its past? Is it doing enough to protect and preserve our architectural gems?

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Transforming, but Not Disrupting (The New York Times)

September 2014 - The new building in Dudley Square in Boston doesn’t look like anything else in sight. And yet it fits right in. That’s a good description of the tempered ambition of many American urban projects opening in the coming months: They aren’t disruptive but (their supporters hope) transformative, and their shapes, even their sparkle, come from understanding past civic hopes and redesigning them to meet the future. The curvaceous brick cornice of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square knits together three historic buildings, provides offices for 500 employees of the Boston Public Schools and incorporates an old rail track into its ground-floor plan, the better to connect the building to the adjacent bus station.

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The Dorchester Reporter Tells the Story of the Clapp Family Barn

September 2014 - Through the dedication of the Dorchester Historical Society, one of Boston's last remaining vestiges of a once agrarian community has been preserved and is one of ten recipients of the Alliance's 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards.

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East Boston Times Showcases Maverick Marketplace

August 2014 -The East Boston Times interviews John and Melissa Tyler, owners of East Boston small business incubator, Maverick Marketplace. As a 2014 Preservation Achievement Award winner, Maverick Marketplace is an outstanding example of rehabilitation and neighborhood rejuvenation.

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BostonInno Highlights Preservation Awards

July 2014 - BostonInno staff writer Nick DeLuca says that one of his favorite things about Boston is that history can be found at almost every turn as he tours the Alliance's 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards with a slideshow.

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The State of the City Experience

July, 2014 - In this report, Sasaki outlines the results of a survey of 1,000 people who both live and work in one of six dynamic US cities, including Boston. Participants' answers show that while we may be in the "century of the city" there is still much work to be done to improve urban life through thoughtful planning and innovation.

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Young Advisors Highlighted by NAPC

June 2014 -The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions recently highlighted the Boston Preservation Alliance's Young Advisors board in the May-June edition of their journal. Learn how the YAs got started and they many ways they contribute to our organization!

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Preservonomics 101: The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation

March 20, 2014 - Experts from industry, law, and academia explain how and why historic assets can be the economic engine of vibrant cities and neighborhoods.

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