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Milton J. Valencia

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Recent articles by Milton:

Massachusetts is segregated. Here’s why.

Here are some of the factors at play. → Read More

Priced out of the city, Black Bostonians are finding their dream homes on the South Shore

The shift of Boston residents to Brockton and a few other nearby towns underscores the challenges the city of Boston faces in keeping Black and brown residents who were born there and want to stay, but have been priced out of the city’s sizzling real estate market. → Read More

Overturning Roe could open the door to a federal abortion ban, legal analysts say

The legal arguments cited in the Supreme Court draft opinion could give political momentum to efforts to enact a federal abortion ban on the grounds that a fetus is an unborn human being with its own rights. → Read More

DA Hayden to offer alternative for those arrested at Mass. and Cass

Amid increasing incidents of violence and vagrancy in the area of Mass. and Cass, Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden is taking a new approach to address crimes there that are related to substance abuse and mental illness: Help, instead of prosecution. → Read More

At Women’s Lunch Place in Back Bay, a new focus on sobriety

The shelter is now offering expanded wellness programs, including a new substance abuse treatment program that was launched earlier this month to help women battling addiction or suffering from mental illness, or both. → Read More

In first budget, Wu prioritizes affordable housing

Mayor Michelle Wu’s first city budget features a substantial commitment to affordable housing programs, a plan that includes a considerable chunk of Boston’s share of federal COVID relief money on housing priorities, drawing praise from affordable housing advocates. → Read More

With federal funds in hand, public housing also at play in Mayor Wu’s agenda

A difficult question faces Boston: how to preserve and sustain the existing, dated public housing system, which experts say is a crucial part of any solution to the city’s housing dilemma. → Read More

In Mass. and Cass effort, the theme word is ‘decentralize’

As city officials explore ways to tackle the vagrancy that has haunted the area of Mass. and Cass, Mayor Michelle Wu’s administration has signaled she intends to follow through on a campaign promise to scatter recovery and harm reduction services. → Read More

5 places we supported this week

Want to order from local, independent restaurants? Here are some suggestions from Globe staff. → Read More

Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson, Biden’s pick for US Supreme Court?

United States Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised to make history as the first Black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. → Read More

Boston Public Library children’s rooms targeted by group opposing mask requirements, staff say

Union workers at the Boston Public Library plan to hold a “unity gathering” Saturday in response to a series of what they called hateful and bullying incidents over the city’s mask mandate. → Read More

For Michelle Wu, a major snowstorm was yet another early challenge as Boston mayor

Since taking office in November, Michelle Wu has dealt with a coronavirus surge and union opposition to her vaccine mandate. Now she faced her first big winter storm, something that can quickly undermine confidence in a new administration. → Read More

As storm nears, city works to find warm shelter for homeless people

City crews and social workers who provide aid to area homeless people will head out in vans for as long as their safety allows Friday and during Saturday’s expected blizzard conditions to urge those who have been living on the streets to seek shelter, officials said. → Read More

Continued concerns about Mass. and Cass aired at community meeting

The health care workers who plan to run a clinic and acute overdose care center at the Roundhouse hotel said Thursday that they may open in a matter of weeks, triggering strong opposition from neighborhood leaders who say the city is still struggling to manage vagrancy and open-air drug dealing in the Mass. and Cass area. → Read More

Mayor Wu says 154 people from Mass. and Cass have housing after Wednesday’s tent sweep; police investigating two dead bodies found earlier in the week

“Not a single person was forcibly removed from the encampments, no arrests were made,” Wu said at a press conference outside Pine Street. → Read More

At Mass. and Cass, word is spreading: The tents are coming down and housing is available

Already, social workers have started to relocate people, including more than a dozen who were set to settle in Friday at the nearby Roundhouse hotel. Another 10 people have been set up at pop-up cabins in Jamaica Plain. → Read More

Mayor Wu explores Long Island, the possibility of a long-term recovery plan for those at Mass. and Cass

The city is on track to create new, transitional housing for as many as 150 people living at the tent encampments near the area known as “Mass. and Cass” by a Jan. 12 deadline, Mayor Michelle Wu said Tuesday, after touring the island. → Read More

‘A sense of community’: Can the cabins at the Shattuck be an answer to the crisis at Mass. and Cass?

The pop-up community of cabins is just one piece of what state and city officials hope will be the solution to a sprawling tent encampment at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, → Read More

‘The Commonwealth can and must do more’: Pressley urges Baker to take stronger measures to combat Omicron wave

In a letter to Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley urged the state to take “immediate action to mitigate the ongoing spread of the coronavirus,” as Massachusetts has reached the grim milestone of more than 1 million cases and nearly 20,000 deaths, disproportionately impacting disenfranchised families and communities of color. → Read More

As Omicron looms, Mayor Wu turns City Hall into a mass vaccination site

Residents arrived by the hundreds, the demand for shots so high that a steady line of eager patients snaked down the stairs from the third-floor mezzanine where the shots were offered. → Read More