Editorial: Teens Reflect on Development

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By the Editorial Staff

Our generation — current and upcoming college students — will soon become productive, working members of the City of Boston. The numbers say it all: according to studyboston.com, college students, an estimated 250,000 people, comprise 40% of the city’s population.

In order to thrive in this rapidly transforming, high-priced metropolis, we need to be fully aware of the development occurring around us. Rises in the cost of education, the cost of transportation, and the cost of living itself threaten to overwhelm the average citizen.

The Endeavor seeks to explore Boston’s dynamic development, wrapped around the crucial question: Is the city headed in the right direction? Specifically, what strides are the Walsh administration making in areas such as student housing, access to technology and job markets, and transportation?

Our team — a group of 17 aspiring high school journalists — have done extensive research on key advancements throughout Boston. Along the way, we have received critical support from mentors, accomplished writers, and esteemed officials, who have provided us with invaluable insight as we move forward.

While opinions vary, one message is clear: the Menino years have brought Boston to new heights, but the city must continue to reach higher. Maintaining Boston’s cultural roots is a priority, but that does not imply conservatism — for instance, Boston’s elected officials need to be progressive in closing the achievement gap in schools and in ensuring the quality of housing for all.

In The Endeavor, we take an in-depth look at Boston’s progress so far, on highly relevant topics such as maintenance of the Boston harbor, marriage equality, gentrification, preserving historical landmarks, and healthy living.

To be sure, achieving a full grasp of Boston’s changing environment can be a real challenge, but in effect there is no replacement for cultural and social awareness in a vibrant hub such as ours. If nothing else, our newspaper hopes to create a sense of awareness among our readers, specifically teens and young adults.

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