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Where Will Casey Arborway Parking Go?

The $54 million project will cause vast improvements to Forest Hills, but at the cost of about 100 parking spaces.

Staff of the West Roxbury Courthouse enjoy a 105-space parking lot underneath the current Casey Overpass.  But when the overpass comes down, those spaces are gone.

In all, about 100 spaces will be lost due to area redesign, which will put at-grade travel lanes in place of the higher speed highway.

Though state transportation officials maintain the area will be significantly upgraded and run markedly smoother, where will the courthouse staff park?

Angle parking along the frontage road that lines the Arborway Gradens apartment complex had been proposed but shot down. One official said the idea of back-in parking had been tossed around, but the state has no solution as of now.

How would you fix this situation? Tell us in the comments.

fp December 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
REPAIR WHATS THERE The space under the existing over pass has many uses in addition to parking like: retail stores? Play grounds? dog parks? A Huge Multipurpose COVERED outdoor space!
Michael Halle December 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Bret, I don't believe the statement "that state has no solution as of now" is really fair. Parking is a tricky issue, and the state hasn't worked out a final solution with the courthouse. But on the tour, the officials did say that they were looking at several possibilities, including using the Arborway Yard, which will be accessible using a new signalized crosswalk across Morton Street. (Many people are demanding the T move forward on the Arborway Yard for other reasons as well.) I don't find any fault with the courthouse or its staff wanting to maintain their parking. But having what I believe is free parking right next to a major transit hub and next to a huge private $5/day parking lot is quite a luxury that many businesses and institutions in the City don't enjoy. Jurors and the public visiting the courthouse don't enjoy this luxury; they come by T or pay in the lot. Free parking often means there's simply no incentive not to drive. That's the way things are now, and as I said before, I don't begrudge anyone using every benefit available to them under the law (either inside or outside the courthouse!). But that doesn't mean that we must maintain such a system exactly as it is in perpetuity. Coming up with a fair and reasonable solution is more about politics than it is about engineering, and that discussion will likely continue throughout the planning process.
Sarah Freeman December 15, 2012 at 01:35 PM
At the site walk-through on Thurs., I thought the MassDOT representative said they were working with the MBTA to create Court House parking at Arborway Yard (across the street). There will be a crosswalk.
Michael Halle December 16, 2012 at 02:09 AM
1. The current structure is structurally deficient. According to engineering analysis, it must come down. There's essentially no disagreement on this point. 2. The current overpass and adjacent roadways has never been appropriate for the location (originally designed with six lanes on the bridge!). It bends and arches to accommodate a trolley and elevated train that no longer exist. Auto traffic is handled inefficiently, and pedestrian and bike access doesn't meet current standards. 3. The community has had more than fifty years to vitalize the underbridge space (twenty five since the trolley stopped). The most meaningful under-bridge use has in fact been the parking. It's not clear what would spark a renaissance there.
Liam Sullivan December 16, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I have an idea. How about we encourage people to get to the courthouse using something called "public transportation." It might take some doing, but I think we could figure out some way for a rapid transit train, a commuter rail train, and 18 bus routes to stop near the courthouse. That way people wouldn't have to drive their single-occupancy vehicles and add to the congestion and pollution problems of the city. And hey, with the new cycletracks, people may even want to ride their bikes as well.
Ingrida December 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Liam, I agree with you. I moved to America from Europe 5 years ago, and my first impression was - how human (with no car) unfriendly this country is. All Europe uses public transportation - it is reliable and safe. People here are so lazy - they drive to get cup of coffee across the street. Life style has to change, mentality has to change - it will take a while...but if you worry about the future of your children - use your legs more and less gas.

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