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Beacon Hill, Boston

Beacon Hill is a historical neighborhood in Boston and the hill upon which the Massachusetts State House resides. The term "Beacon Hill" is locally used as a metonym to refer to the state government or the legislature itself, much like Washington, D. C.'s "Capitol Hill". Federal-style rowhouses, narrow gaslit streets and brick sidewalks adorn the neighborhood, regarded as one of the more desirable and expensive in Boston. According to the 2010 U. S. Census, the population of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood is 9,023. Like many named areas, the neighborhood is named for the location of a former beacon atop the highest point in central Boston; the beacon was used to warn the residents of an invasion. Beacon Hill is bounded by Storrow Drive, Cambridge, Bowdoin and Beacon Streets, it is about 1/6 of a square mile, situated along the riverfront of the Charles River Esplanade to the west, just north of Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. The block bound by Beacon and Park Streets is included as well.

Beacon Hill has three sections: the south slope, the north slope and the "Flat of the Hill", a level neighborhood built on landfill. It is west between Beacon Street and Cambridge Street. Located in the center of the Shawmut Peninsula, the area had three hills, Beacon Hill and two others nearby; the name trimount morphed into "Tremont", as in Tremont Street. Between 1807 and 1832 Beacon Hill was reduced from 138 feet in elevation to 80 feet; the shoreline and bodies of water such as the Mill Pond had a "massive filling", increasing Boston's land mass by 150%. Charles Street was one of the new roads created from the project. Before the hill was reduced Beacon Hill was located just behind the current site of the Massachusetts State House. According to the 2010 U. S. Census, the population of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood is 9,023; this reflects a slight decrease from the 2000 Census. The racial/ethnic make-up of the neighborhood's population is as follows: 86.8% of the population is white, 2% black or African American, 4.1% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.3% Asian, 0.4% some other race/ethnicity, 1.3% two or more races/ethnicities.

According to 2007-2011 American Community Survey estimates, of the 5,411 households in Beacon Hill, 27.3% were family households and 72.7 were non-family households. Of the 1,479 family households 81.6% were married couple families. 36.6% of married couple families were with related children under the age of 18 and 63.4% were with no related children under age 18. Other family types make up 18.4% of Beacon Hill's population, with 90.8% being female householder with no husband present and a majority of these households included children under 18 present. According to the 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the largest ancestry groups in ZIP Codes 02108 and 02114 are: The first European settler was William Blaxton spelled Blackstone. In 1625 he built a house and orchard on Beacon Hill's south slope at the location of Beacon and Spruce street; the settlement was a "preformal arrangement". In 1630 Boston was settled by the Massachusetts Bay Company; the southwestern slope was used by the city for livestock grazing.

In 1634 a signal beacon was established on the top of the hill. Sailors and British soldiers visited the north slope of Beacon Hill during the 17th and 18th centuries; as a result, it became an "undesirable" area for Boston residents. "Fringe activities" occurred on "Mount Whoredom", the backslope of Beacon Hill. Beacon Street was established in 1708 from a cow path to the Boston Common. John Singleton Copley farmland. In 1787 Charles Bulfinch designed the Massachusetts State House, its construction was completed in 1795. The Mount Vernon Proprietors group was formed to develop the trimount area, The name trimount morphed into "Tremont", as in Tremont Street; when by 1780 the city's neighborhoods could no longer meet the needs of the growing number of residents. Eighteen and a half or 19 acres of grassland west of the State House was purchased in 1795, most of it from John Singleton Copley; the Beacon Hill district's development began when Charles Bulfinch, an architect and planner, laid out the plan for the neighborhood.

Four years the hills were leveled, Mount Vernon Street was laid, mansions were built along it. One of the first homes was the Harrison Gray Otis House on Cambridge Street. Construction of homes began in earnest at the turn of the century, such as: freestanding mansions, symmetrical pairs of houses, row houses. Between 1803 and 1805, the first row houses were built for Stephen Higginson. In the 1830s, residential homes were built for wealthy people on Mt. Vernon Streets; some affluent people moved, beginning in the 1870s, to Back Bay with its "French-inspired boulevards and mansard-roofed houses that were larger and airier than the denser Beacon Hill."In the early 19th century, there were "fringe activities" along the Back Bay waterfront, with ropewalks along Beacon and Charles Streets. The south slope "became the seat of Boston wealth and power." It was planned for people who left densely populated areas, like the North End. The residents of opulent homes, called the Boston Brahmins, were described by Oliver Wendell Holmes as a "harmless, untitled aristocracy".

They had "houses by Charles Bulfinch, their monopoly on Beacon Street, their ancestral portraits and Chinese porcelain

Fairfield Metro station

The Fairfield Metro station is a 1,100,000-square-foot commercial development and commuter rail stop situated on 35 acres in the town of Fairfield, Connecticut. The in-fill station, located 1.8 miles east of Fairfield station along Metro-North's New Haven Line, opened on December 5, 2011. From 1999 to 2009, Fairfield First Selectman Kenneth Flatto proposed Fairfield's third train station and negotiated efforts to secure the site from private owners. A three party agreement was approved in 2001 between the Town of Fairfield, the State of CT and developer Blackrock Realty securing state and private funding to build the train station and adjoining open space and clean up work. In late December 2009, State Senator John P. McKinney and Governor Jodi Rell announced a bond authorization for $20 million wherein the state would assume the developer's obligation for infrastructure work and continue the project. In late April 2010, the developer's obligation for infrastructure improvements was reduced to $5.2 million with the balance being financed through the aforementioned state bonds.

Responsibility for construction of the 1,500-car parking lot and access road at the town's third train station on lower Black Rock Turnpike was transferred to the town as the developer's financial obligation was reduced. In July 2011 an audit of the contract and the cost overruns was approved by the Fairfield Board of Finance and members of the Representative Town Meeting; as the station neared completion, a debate emerged within the surrounding community concerning the name of the station. The station was named "Fairfield Metro" as indicated by signs on the station platforms; this was the name preferred by the developer of the surrounding site, Blackrock Realty, was the one being used by the state. Fairfield residents, called the name bland. First Selectman Kenneth Flatto noted that the Town would prefer something different, an online survey was posted asking residents of the town and surrounding areas to voice their opinions. Popular suggestions included: Black Rock, Black Rock Turnpike, Ash Creek, Grasmere, among others.

The state had the final word in naming the station and could choose to follow or disregard the town's recommendations. To meet the opening deadline of November 2011, a name had to be chosen by February 2010; the final name of Fairfield Metro was announced on March 18, 2011. The station opened with the first New York bound train arriving at 4:37 am; the project includes creation of a 10 acres open space and public park along Ash Creek between Kings Highway in Fairfield and the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport. The project is being monitored by environmental experts. National retailers have moved into the neighborhood; the new Kings Crossing Shopping Center opened just down the street from the Station in late 2011. New retailers in the development include: Whole Foods Market, Chipotle Mexican Grill, CVS Pharmacy, Five Guys, among others; because the new station provides a 75-minute train ride to Grand Central, local landlords have reported new renters commuting from Fairfield/Blackrock to Grand Central.

The station and 1,500-space surface parking lot are owned by the state. The building complex will have its own parking to accommodate the expected automobile commuters; as the project is completed, it will increase the commercial space inventory in the town of Fairfield by 30%. The project includes a railroad station to be located between Fairfield station and Bridgeport station. Many expect that this station would become a second express pick-up from Fairfield heading toward Stamford and Grand Central, in addition to the downtown Fairfield station; the complex is accessible by exit 24 of I-95, through the traffic circle at Kings Highway, a two-lane road. As a special permit approved for the Metro Center owners, the town created a special five story zoning district just for this project; the special district will allow the planned buildings to become an office park with vibrant supporting retail and one hotel. The project has been designated as a "major traffic generator" by the Connecticut State Traffic Commission with the proponents of the project representing that it will improve traffic conditions in the area.

This local station has two side platforms. The Fairfield Metro is in the same rate zone as the other stations in Fairfield and is the first new station on the New Haven Line main line since the opening of the State Street station in New Haven in 2002; this location is ADA-compliant. There is one daily Grand Central inbound and outbound train that runs nonstop 51 miles between here and Harlem–125th Street. Fairfield, another Fairfield train station. Southport, another Fairfield train station. Fairfield Metro station page

Radiant (manfra)

Radiant is a French manfra series written and illustrated by Tony Valente. It has been published by Ankama since 2013 and has 13 volumes released in French, it was published by the Japanese publisher Asukashinsha in 2015, making it the first French manfra to be published in Japan. The series has been licensed by Viz Media in English since 2018 and has the first 9 volumes released, it is available in other languages such as German, Italian and Portuguese. The series received an anime adaptation by Lerche that aired from October 6, 2018 to February 23, 2019; the anime has been renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 2, 2019. In the world of Radiant, monsters called Nemeses fall from the sky; these Nemeses contaminate everything. People who survive their contact become cursed, but gain the ability to wield the magic power known as "Fantasia", thus becoming Sorcerers. Seth, the protagonist of Radiant, is a teenage boy, he dreams of defeating all of the Nemeses and bringing peace between Sorcerers and the rest of humanity.

To do so, he has to find the place where the Nemeses come from, the legendary Radiant, destroy it. He and other sorcerers travel the region in search of Radiant whilst avoiding the Inquisition, an organization opposed to Sorcerers. Seth Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori; the result of the attack gave him two small horns on his head. He aspires to bring peace to the Sorcerers and humans. Mélie Voiced by: Aoi Yūki. Doc Voiced by: Shintarou Oohata. Alma Voiced by: Romi Park, she survived. She since teaches him on controlling his Sorcerer powers. Although she acts somewhat hostile towards him, she is shown to be caring and knows how to use kindness to people. Mister Bobley Voiced by: Makoto Koichi. Grimm Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu. Master Lord Majesty Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi. Yaga Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino, he becomes Seth's mentor as well. Miss Melba Voiced by: Nao Tōyama. Known as "The Beast". Von Tepes Voiced by: Takuma Terashima, it began publication on Ankama Éditions on July 2013 and has 13 volumes released.

It has been published by Viz Media in English since 2018. Additional languages it has been published in are Spanish by LetraBlanka since 2016, German by Pyramond since 2016, Italian by Mangasenpai since 2017. NHK announced the series on January 31, 2018; the series is an adaptation of French author Tony Valente' comic book series Radiant, published in Japan by Asukashinsha. The series is directed by Seiji Kishi and Daisei Fukuoka, written by Makoto Uezu, with animation by studio Lerche. Character designs for the series are produced by Nozomi Kawano, Masato Koda is composing the series' music; the opening theme song is "Utopia" by 04 Limited Sazabys. The ending theme song is "Radiant" by Polkadot Stingray; the 21-episode anime series aired on NHK Educational TV from October 6, 2018 to February 23, 2019. It is based on volumes 1 through 4 of the comic; the series is simulcast by Crunchyroll, with Funimation producing an English dub. In the season finale, a 21-episode second season has been announced.

It premiered on October 2, 2019. The second season's opening theme song