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Boston Globe Assault Weapons Opinion Editorial

By Marjorie Pritchard, editorial page deputy managing editor It’s been almost 30 years since John Rosenthal installed an attention-grabbing, 252- foot-long billboard along the Mass. Pike calling for reforms to the nation’s gun laws. It was a year after the enactment of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which prohibited the civilian use of 19… Continue Reading →

What can be done to curb handgun violence in America?

The U.S. is dealing with a spike in gun violence nationwide. John Rosenthal is the co-founder of the non-profit Stop Handgun Violence. He joins CBS News to discuss what action needs to be taken to save Americans from gun violence here in the United States.


Boston provides engineering challenges for many new developments STORY BY GRANT WELKER, PHOTOS BY GARY HIGGINS The Big Dig famously involved building a new highway tunnel under the city while the expressway above, which it was replacing, still carried traffic. It was the country’s largest-ever construction project at the time, and three decades after it… Continue Reading →

Mr. Nice Guy

This is the unlikely center of John Rosenthal’s life. An environmentalist and gun-control activist, he has pinned his future on an unsightly stretch of urban highway. A twisted bicycle lies chained to a parking meter. Crushed Bud cans litter the sidewalk. Over a barrier, cars speed by the graffiti-blotched backs of dance clubs. Only the… Continue Reading →

Why isn’t the US treating the overdose epidemic like the public health emergency it is?

For the past 20 months, the drug overdose epidemic has been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also fueled it. An estimated 100,306 Americans died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending April 2021, according to figures released recently by the Centers for Dis- ease Control and Prevention. This was an increase of… Continue Reading →

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

It’s a good time to be a union carpenter in the North Atlantic States. Work hours have rebounded well following the early months of the pandemic and have continued to rise in most areas of the North Atlantic States region despite fluctuating materials prices and divisive political debates. Several local unions in varied markets in… Continue Reading →

2021 Communities of Excellence Award Winner

The 2021 Massachusetts Apartment Association President’s and Achievement Awards honor the hard work, great service, and important skills within our apartment industry. Sustainable Living Innovation Award Bower, Greystar Bower offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes averaging 749 square feet. The property is designed to use 21% less energy than a typical building. As a… Continue Reading →

Smith & Wesson chooses business and profits over lives and gun safety (Guest viewpoint)

Student protesters rally outside Smith & Wesson in Springfield in 2018, calling on the manufacturer to help stop gun violence. Earlier this month, Smith & Wesson announced plans to move some manufacturing operations to Tennessee, claiming it was “under attack” by gun safety advocates who initiated legislation to ban the manufacture of firearms that are… Continue Reading →

What lab glut? Boston’s ‘only scratching the surface’ of biotech demand, panel says

Developer John E. Rosenthal’s long-envisioned Fenway Center will house nearly 1 million square feet of lab space above the Massachusetts Turnpike. These days, it seems every new development proposal in the Greater Boston region has one central component: lab space. It’s enough to make some wonder if the region could soon suffer from a lab… Continue Reading →

Restrictions work, says man who brought Massachusetts gun deaths to record low

The state has the lowest US gun death rates, and John Rosenthal says mass shootings won’t stop without real national action John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence, during a panel discussion in Boston in 2013. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP In 2020, even as many Americans remained cloistered in their homes under the pandemic, 19,380 died… Continue Reading →

Approaching Boston from the west will never be the same: Long-planned Fenway Center’s about to rise

An artist’s rendering of the Fenway Center project, being built with air rights above the Massachusetts Turnpike.COURTESY OF IQHQ The drive into downtown Boston from the west is about to change forever. So is the walk from Kenmore Square over to Fenway Park. That’s because work is set to begin imminently on the long-planned Fenway… Continue Reading →

Stop Handgun Violence Co-Founder On New Push For Gun Control From Biden White House

After two back-to-back mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder left a total of 18 people dead, Congress is once again debating gun control proposals — including measures like expanded background checks that the overwhelming majority of voters support. John Rosenthal, co-founder of the advocacy group Stop Handgun Violence, joined Jim Braude to discuss. View Original… Continue Reading →

Reducing the Cost of Gun Violence

John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, details the impact of Massachusetts’ success with public policy on gun control and the choices officials must make to replicate that success nationwide.

As Massachusetts shows, strong gun-safety laws work

Other states should follow suit. Globe staff illustration; Guy Sagi/Adobe For gun-safety activists or everyday Massachusetts citizens concerned about gun violence, it doesn’t get much better than this. Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Massachusetts is the state with the least amount of gun violence per capita, while a… Continue Reading →

First residential building at the $1.3 billion Fenway Center now open – developed by Gerding Edlen, Meredith Management and Nuveen Real Estate

Boston, MA Bower, the anticipated residential development that is Phase 1 of the 1.3 million s/f transit-oriented, mixed-use Fenway Center complex, has opened the first of two residential buildings. The project is located adjacent to Fenway Park and the Lansdowne Commuter Rail Station, and re-imagines an underutilized urban crossroads as a walkable, pedestrian-oriented community that… Continue Reading →

IQHQ Receives Unanimous BPDA Approval for Amendment to State-of-the-Art Fenway Center Project

Key milestone advances planned development that will meet growing demand for premier life science real estate in the Boston market BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IQHQ, Inc., a premier life sciences real estate development company, today announced that its Fenway Center PDA amendment has been unanimously approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). The revised plan for… Continue Reading →

This Fenway office and lab property sold for $270M

109 Brookline Ave. in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. California-based IQHQ Inc., the recently renamed real-estate firm that’s partnering on the development of Fenway Center, has bought an office and lab property on Brookline Avenue near to the future project site. IQHQ Inc. — which was founded as Creative Science Properties — acquired 109 Brookline Ave. in… Continue Reading →

For better health, Bower in Kenmore Square to feature smart-glass

When Bower opens at 771 Beacon St. this spring, the twin-towered residential development will not only include sustainability elements that consider the environment, but “biophilic” ones to improve its residents’ health and happiness. Bower is the first phase of the long-mooted Fenway Center mixed-use, transit-oriented development abutting Lansdowne Station on the commuter rail a mere… Continue Reading →

First part of five-building Fenway Center to open in spring 2020

A 312-unit, two-building apartment project called Bower will mark a milestone in the oft-delayed project The first phase of the five-building Fenway Center development where Beacon Street meets the Massachusetts Turnpike and Commonwealth Avenue will open in spring 2020, according to developer Gerding Edlen, which is developing the phase along with Meredith Management and Nuveen… Continue Reading →

Gun Control Group Marks 25 Years

John Rosenthal, one of the founders of Stop Gun Violence, talks about the group’s 25 years of advocacy for stronger controls and the effect on gun violence. Interview for BNN News. Aired October 16, 2019.

Stop Handgun Violence
25th Anniversary on Oct 24th at House of Blues

Contact: Dom Slowey 781-710-0014 Stop Handgun Violence Celebrates 25 Years of Activism to Enact Sensible, Safe Gun Laws in Massachusetts Urban Massachusetts leads the nation with the lowest gun death rate in the continental United States Oct 9, 2019 (Boston, MA) – Stop Handgun Violence — the Massachusetts based non-profit organization that works to… Continue Reading →

Setting The Record Straight On Gun Violence Prevention

WGBH’s Greater Boston TV segment with John Rosenthal setting the record straight on gun violence prevention. Most Democrats — and Americans — are in favor of expanded background checks for gun purchases, and President Trump recently declared he was as well in the wake of three recent mass shootings that left 34 dead in Texas,… Continue Reading →

Fenway Center Phase 1 Under Construction

Fourteen years after he began planning a major development on land and air over the Massachusetts Turnpike at Kenmore Square, developer John Rosenthal says he is ready to start work on Phase 2 next year. Construction would commence with the part of the project that would sit on firm ground. Talking Points | Tim Logan… Continue Reading →

Smart Growth Transit

After 10 years planning the $470M, mixed-use Fenway Center, developer Meredith Management president John Rosenthal tells us it will be one of Boston’s biggest developments and a true smart-growth transit and renewable energy oriented project. (Now people can stop whining, “Are we there yet?”) This content is from an article titled “A $470M Dream Come True”… Continue Reading →

A $470M Dream Come True

After 10 years planning the $470M, mixed-use Fenway Center, developer Meredith Management president John Rosenthal tells us it will be one of Boston’s biggest developments and a true smart-growth transit and renewable energy oriented project. (Now people can stop whining, “Are we there yet?”) This content is from an article titled “A $470M Dream Come… Continue Reading →

Cause Development

John Rosenthal is active on gun control, homelessness, and the environment — and in his spare time is a developer. CommonWealth | Written by Paul McMorrow |  Photographs by Michael Manning | January 15, 2013  John Rosenthal’s Blackberry lit up. Media requests poured in from NECN, WCVB, and WBUR. MSNBC wanted to talk. Even the Arabic-language… Continue Reading →

“A Lot of Positive Energy”

As Fenway Park turns 100 this season, the neighborhood around it is finally growing up. April 13, 2012 | The Boston Globe | A remarkable renewal in Kenmore Square, the Fenway | As Fenway Park turns 100, development in area surrounding the stadium is finally coming into its own | By Casey Ross, Globe Staff For decades the Fenway… Continue Reading →

Pointing Boston toward future

The empty lots abutting the Mass. Pike as it veers west from the Kenmore Square area are familiar to generations of baseball fans heading to Fenway Park — and don’t conjure up an ounce of nostalgia. They’re a trash-strewn mess. They, combined with the air rights above the Pike itself, amount to the rarest of… Continue Reading →

Judge Clears Way for Fenway Center

The Fenway Center project, stalled for nearly three years by a zoning challenge, is expected to create 1,700 construction jobs. A court ruling has removed the most significant legal barrier standing in the way of the long-delayed Fenway Center development, a $450 million complex of apartments, stores, and offices to be built over the Massachusetts… Continue Reading →