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Partners can go where it wants; Roxbury has a right to ask why

Highway access and convenient transit make Somerville a hot development venue — and explain a lot about why Partners HealthCare System decided to consolidate all its administrative operations in Somerville, not Roxbury.

But a recent editorial in the Bay State Banner suggested another possible motive: “One must wonder whether Partners officials involved in the decision had any concern about locating in an area with a substantial African-American population,” wrote Melvin B. Miller, chief editor and publisher of the newspaper, which primarily serves Boston’s African-American community.

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