Debate about the Casey Overpass replacement project has been heated, and when the state’s decision comes, one side is going to win and one side is going to lose. That could produce bitterness. We hope that instead, activists on both (or all) sides will appreciate how much their friends and foes accomplished in this process—and remain engaged for the construction to come.
Without state Rep. Liz Malia, there would have been no public process at all. Working Advisory Group members Jeffrey Ferris, Bernie Doherty and Kevin Moloney pressed the state to reveal crucial information, including construction costs.
WAG members such as Sarah Freeman and Pete Stidman raised our consciousness about the overpass’s hidden identity as a link in the Emerald Necklace, and ensured that bicyclists and pedestrians mattered to planners.
The Stonybrook Neighborhood Association was among the community groups that deftly handled an enormous and divisive issue by suggesting consensus solutions and asking hard questions.
These activists often disagreed with each other, and that’s a good thing. We are proud that JP remains a place where residents are caring, smart and skeptical. We are grateful for their many hours of free labor.
The Casey Overpass replacement project will be better for all of their work.