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Ten O'Clock News; Urban development, condo conversion, Latino voters, Victory Gardens


Four stories from 1983. 1) Urban development in Boston is an issue in the mayoral race. Helicopter aerial of skyline from harbor. Tilt up Prudential and Hancock towers. Pan of Copley Place. Anthony Tappe of Boston Society of Architects comments on deterioration of Victorian Boston because of the scale of new development, making for a less desirable and livable city. Controversy over Mayor Kevin White's intense involvement in urban planning process is discussed by mayoral candidates at a BSA forum on the future of city planning. David Finnegan, Dennis Kearney, Lawrence DiCara, Robert Kiley, Ray Flynn, Mel King. Robert Ryan, BRA director. Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. 2) The dichotomy between preserving rent control/affordable housing and encouraging free market business development through condo conversions in Boston. Struggle of 87-year-old Hester Hurlbutt of 250 Commonwealth Avenue to stay in her apartment. Mel King comments on housing displacement. Ray Flynn favors ban on evictions. David Finnegan disagrees, worried about economic climate. Scenes of Back Bay, Copley Place, Boston Public Library. Sign for luxury condominium for sale. Mayoral candidates Dennis Kearney and Lawrence DiCara campaigning. 3) Latino voters will have an impact on Boston's mayoral race. Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Hernandez, Yohel Camayd-Freixas endorse Mel King. Jose Masso, Gov. Dukakis' Hispanic liaison, says Latinos will split ideologically according to their respective nationalities. 4) Joseph Nelson and Mabel "Matty" Matheson talk about the tradition of the Fenway Victory Gardens. Other plot tenders revel in the therapeutic value and beauty of gardening. Views of flower beds and vegetables.

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Ten O'Clock News

Urban development, condo conversion, Latino voters, Victory Gardens

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Voter registration
Rent control
Flynn, Raymond L.
Political campaigns
Boston Public Library
City planning
White, Kevin H.
DiCara, Lawrence, 1949-
Finnegan, David I.
King, Mel
Fenway (Boston, Mass.)
Boston (Mass.)
Back Bay (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Flynn, Raymond L. (Speaker)
King, Mel (Speaker)
Finnegan, David I. (Speaker)
George, Christy (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Urban development, condo conversion, Latino voters, Victory Gardens,” 01/01/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3137A8A40D6C4511B95B1FD0040BCF5A.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Urban development, condo conversion, Latino voters, Victory Gardens.” 01/01/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3137A8A40D6C4511B95B1FD0040BCF5A>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Urban development, condo conversion, Latino voters, Victory Gardens. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3137A8A40D6C4511B95B1FD0040BCF5A
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