Beacon Hill, known for its precious gas lamps and narrow cobbled streets, has long been the butt of Boston Brahmin jokes. So when the Beacon Hill Civic Association resisted plans for new handicapped curb ramps, many in the media couldn’t resist taking a swipe, even though the criticism may be without merit.

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Callie Crossley is the host of WGBH News' Under the Radar.

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

Jon Kelleris a political analyst for WBZ.

Tom Fiedler is the dean of Boston University's College of Communication.