A Dorchester man received a prison sentence and probation for igniting a series of destructive fires in the area, but will he serve enough time?
Jose Baez, an arsonist who lit devastating fires in Jamaica Plain and nearby communities, will serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of arson last week. He lit gasoline-soaked tires in front of the garages at Jamaica Plain Auto Body in 2009; he caused $2.7 million in damage when he lit a Kenmore Square apartment building the same year. These were two arson incidents Baez admitted to, but there were six others listed in a document provided by the U.S. Department of Justice this week. Baez also has to pay $3.2 million in restitution fees to victims, but is 15 years enough for this serial arsonist? Tell us in the comments.
The $54 million project will cause vast improvements to Forest Hills, but at the cost of about 100 parking spaces.
Staff of the West Roxbury Courthouse enjoy a 105-space parking lot underneath the current Casey Overpass. But when the overpass comes down, those spaces are gone. In all, about 100 spaces will be lost due to area redesign, which will put at-grade travel lanes in place of the higher speed highway. Though state transportation officials maintain the area will be significantly upgraded and run markedly smoother, where will the courthouse staff park? Angle parking along the frontage road that lines the Arborway Gradens apartment complex had been proposed but shot down. One official said the idea of back-in parking had been tossed around, but the state has no solution as of now. How would you fix this situation? Tell us in the comments.