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Letter: Population crisis is looming

December 2, 2011
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The news is out: world population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31! Meanwhile, the Massachusetts population reached a record high of 6,547,629 in 2010. It was great to see that after years of pretty much ignoring the issue, the national, state, and even some local media gave the issue its due attention. If we...

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Letter: Give us a bridge, not pavement

December 2, 2011
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At the most recent meeting about redesigning the Casey Overpass, I found the consultants’ presentation strongly skewed against a bridge. Their bridge mock-ups were singularly ugly and their language clearly favored the no-bridge option. I would like to register an opinion in favor of a bridge for the following reasons: Getting through-traffic off the...

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Letter: School move leaves kids behind

December 2, 2011
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The Boston Public Schools facilities plan proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson on Oct. 24 and approved on Nov. 15 by the Boston School Committee moves the Mission Hill elementary school to Jamaica Plain, taking a high-quality, highly-selected K-8 to another assignment zone. It’s like musical chairs for the six pilot schools involved in the package...

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Letter: Surface streets can’t handle 24K more cars

December 2, 2011
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I support a bridge replacement option for the Casey Overpass. I have lived on a street off Hyde Park Avenue across from the Forest Hills T parking lot for 30 years and the traffic has only gotten worse. Hyde Park Ave. is often gridlocked in the morning and at evening rush hours. I have extreme...

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Letter: Surface option resurrects park

December 2, 2011
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I had the privilege of attending the Nov. 21 public meeting on the Casey Overpass and was impressed with the thorough design exploration and well-reasoned alternatives. There is no doubt in my mind that, on access and livability criteria alone, the at-grade solution is far superior to a replacement bridge. When you add in the premium...

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Letter: Surface traffic is no solution

December 2, 2011
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There has been much discussion about the Casey Overpass replacement options over the past few months, and interest continues to grow, as demonstrated by the standing-room-only crowd at last week’s meeting introducing the public to the two design options: a new, smaller and lower overpass vs. a six-lane road at grade level (the “at-grade”...

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Letter: Apply city vision to Washington St.

December 2, 2011
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As neighbors of the Arborway Yard, we were disappointed the project failed to win federal funding. However, across the street, another key development is happening at the former Flanagan & Seaton automobile warehouse at 3521-3529 Washington St. This 3.4-acre development, bordered by McBride and Burnett streets, could double the number of residential units on...

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Stroke Stopper

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident John Auerbach (left), the state commissioner of public health, joins Massachusetts General Hospital’s Dr. Lee Schwamm at the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium’s Educational Summit downtown on Oct. 21. Auerbach received the Helen B. Spaulding Community Conscience Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association at the event for his stroke prevention efforts.

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Football play

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Photo) James Macchi (center), 8, of JP practices a tackle on Oct. 29 at the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Patriots Day in the New England Patriots pro football team practice facility in Foxborough. Max Lane (left, background) was among the former Patriots who gave football lessons to children and teens with disabilities at the annual event.

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Budding Ideas: Recent Arboretum research

November 18, 2011
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Living, But Not Fossils Palm-tree-like plants called cycads are often depicted as living fossils surviving from the age of the dinosaurs. But scientists have debunked that idea, proving that modern cycads are different plants that evolved much more recently. The plants with spiky trunks and long evergreen fronds indeed existed in the Jurassic period,...

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