Monthly Archives: December 2011

Letter: New bridge is no improvement

December 16, 2011
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In your most recent editions, you have published a number of letters advocating for the replacement bridge to replace the Casey Overpass. I would like to offer a counterpoint to those letters. The most important thing to remember is that independent traffic studies show that traffic will flow through the area at essentially the...

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Letter: Salon deserved a mention

December 16, 2011
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I am curious as to how you can present an article with such a name and not feature Ultra Beauty Salon in Hyde Square? (“Salons aim for Newbury style, JP attitude,” Dec. 2.) Is the Gazette suffering from some Centre/South bias?  Damaris and her team at Ultra have been offering the best of JP...

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Letter: Bridge would be a repeat mistake

December 16, 2011
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I am a 22-year resident of Jamaica Plain and I strongly support the at-grade solution to replace the Casey Overpass. As an architect, I vehemently and completely disagree with the concept of a bridge replacement. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect the Emerald Necklace and to restore a critical piece of urban design for future generations. Frederick...

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Letter: Consider future of cars in overpass debate

December 16, 2011
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The public discussion of the surface street versus the new bridge options for the post-Casey Overpass plan has been rich and thoughtful. Such an important transportation corridor and intersection deserves careful deliberation. I am also impressed with the civility of the debate. Those who favor the no-bridge plan and those who prefer a plan...

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Letter: Many benefits to surface-street option

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and elected officials: I am writing to register my view that the at-grade solution is far superior to that of a new overpass. I confess that I was surprised to reach this conclusion. Having used the overpass on an almost daily basis when I commuted...

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Letter: Surface street option points to better future

December 16, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation: Thank you very much for soliciting public comments on the “bridge/no bridge” alternatives for the Forest Hills/Arborway/Washington Street interchange following the removal of the Casey Overpass. This is a critical juncture for our Jamaica Plain/Forest Hills community. What will the future hold? Will...

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Letter: JP must work together on overpass plan

December 16, 2011
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The planning for a replacement of the deteriorating Casey Overpass presents a rare opportunity for Jamaica Plain, the Forest Hills neighborhood and the Emerald Necklace park system to repair damage from a past mistake. As the Arborway Coalition representative on the WAG (Working Advisory Group), I have received many heartfelt comments, all in favor...

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Letter: Surface streets would serve everyone

December 16, 2011
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Forest Hills, through its high through-put of people throughout the day, and proximity to world-class parks offering leisure and recreational opportunities, has the inherent traits to foster the high degree of pedestrian activity that is crucial for fostering community, safety, high transit use, and with all of that, successful development. In its current state, it...

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Invitación, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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Su Material. Considere quesu material para ser publicado en esta sección debe llegar con tiempo: Mínimo el martes antes del viernes de la publicción de esta edición. Si usa internet, eníe sus documentos a: news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Navidad Pedido. Nuestro Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez recuerda que  el programa Canned Food Drive sigue hasta el 31 de este...

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Sights and Sounds, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan. 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Craft Fair, sponsored by UForge Gallery and Eliot Hall. Sat., Dec. 17 and Sun., Dec. 18, 11am-5pm, at the Footlight Club....

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