Opinion

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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IdeAZ: Enseñar en Boston

December 2, 2011
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Se murió Margarita Muñiz sin ver en realidad uno de los sueños de todo verdadero maestro: Recibir en vida el homenaje que perdure como agradecimiento a la obra realizada. La deuda no es de la comunidad, sino del gobierno, tanto del estado como de la ciudad, de nuestros legisladores; pero, principalmente, de las Escuelas...

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Editorial: Extend the Casey debate

December 2, 2011
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Should a bridge or surface streets replace the Casey Overpass? MassDOT is giving you until Tuesday to comment. JP activists on both sides deserve more time than that. Cries of “bias” are in the air, and they are right. MassDOT clearly preferred the surface option from the start and surely will announce it as...

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Editorial: Remembering Muñiz

December 2, 2011
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The death of Margarita Muñiz was a shock but not a surprise. It was an open secret for the past year that she was dying of cancer, even as she continued running the Hernandez School, the groundbreaking bilingual school she fought to keep alive. Officials and parents rushed to memorialize Muñiz before it was...

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Letter: Backing a bridge in Forest Hills

December 2, 2011
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In your last edition, you published local business owner and avid bicyclist Jeffrey Ferris’s letter supporting a bridge solution over the at-grade solution now being pushed by MassDOT as a replacement for the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills. I would like to build upon that. A bridge solution will keep traffic on the ground...

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