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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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Healthy Living

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez speaks to the audience at a Nov. 15 State House forum about teaching children healthy lifestyles, presented by Partners HealthCare and Words Can Work.

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New Book Look

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) Students, officials and volunteers cut the ribbon on the new Hennigan School library at 200 Heath St. on Nov. 2. Target Corp. and the Heart of American Foundation funded the library makeover and a new food pantry program. Cutting the ribbon are Hennigan Principal Maria Cordon (left) and Media Specialist Gwenette Bullock. Others pictured include Target Regional Vice President Derek Jenkins (far right); former Principal Amy Sprott (second from right); and Maria Coakley from U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s Office and City Councilor Matt O’Malley (behind the ribbon-cutters).

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Good Taste

December 2, 2011
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(Gazette Photo by Rebeca Oliveira) Jason Waddleton (left), JP resident and owner of The Haven pub, looks over the offerings of Brookside-based Sam Adams Brewery at the annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 17 at Cedars Hall. The event raises funds for the Egleston Square social service agency ESAC.

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Picturing Leadership

December 2, 2011
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(Photo by Don West) JP resident and Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo (center) sits with his father, former City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo (left) and brother, Ernesto Montano-Arroyo (right) in one of 65 images in JP photographer Don West’s exhibit “Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership (Boston, 1980-2011).” The exhibit runs through Dec. 8 at the Boston Convention Center and then Dec. 9 through March at the Museum of African American History. For more information, see donwestfoto.com.

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