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Editorial: Time to think about Casey

December 16, 2011
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We applaud MassDOT for following our suggestion to delay the Casey Overpass replacement decision until mid-January. It is the right thing to do. MassDOT already held a thorough series of meetings about the overpass replacement, also by local request. But as with all long processes, the real action happens at the end. That is...

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Editorial: Occupying JP

December 16, 2011
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The Occupy movement was a historic success as consciousness-raising and a validation that things really are as bad as they feel. It should survive as more than T-shirts and the inevitable movie. One way that can happen is through hands-on work in local communities. As usual, JP was ahead on the curve on this....

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Editorial: The ways of winter

December 16, 2011
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Winter’s cold embrace begins on Dec. 22, but we are actually closer to the Sun now than we are in the summer. Jan. 3 marks the day our planet draws closest to our parent star in its oval-shaped orbit. Winter comes not because we are far from the warming Sun, but because we are...

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Letter: Bridge option is outdated

December 16, 2011
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I have been reading the recent letters in this paper about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and I’d like to put in a word in favor of replacing the bridge with an at-grade road network. I live adjacent to the overpass and use the intersections around it daily. The roads running under the overpass...

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Letter: Thanks to soccer supporters

December 16, 2011
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The board of Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer (JPYS) would like to thank our generous sponsors. Their ever-growing support enables more than 300 local boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18 to learn fundamental soccer skills, have fun with their friends and perhaps become the next Hope Solo or Lionel Messi. Jamaica...

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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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