Letter: JP should oppose Casey Arborway as it did I-95

March 29, 2013

How disappointing to read in the Gazette elected officials and residents saying Jamaica Plain needs to accept MassDOT’s decision to eliminate the Casey Overpass and embrace the six-lane highway that would replace it. (“Casey opposition gets louder, but doesn’t sway officials,” March 15.) JP needs to “move forward” and work together to lessen the impacts of this horrible decision. Well, folks, you can’t put a shine on a sneaker.

If it weren’t for elected officials and residents who refused to accept the decision of the Mass. Department of Public Works to build I-95 through Jamaica Plain and other communities in the 1960s, we’d have the Southwest Expressway through the heart of JP today. They didn’t stop challenging a bad plan and ultimately convinced Gov. Sargent to cancel the highway and say that famous phrase, “…we were wrong.”

Anne McKinnon

Jamaica Plain