While the state and supporters of a surface-only traffic pattern for the new Forest Hills urge moving on, there remains a group opposed to the decision.
At a state hearing that authorities aimed to be the last chapter in the "bridge versus at-grade debate," critics made it clear they aren't going away. Thursday night more than 100 people attended a public meeting about what the state is now calling the "Casey Arborway Project." The decrepit Casey Overpass will be torn down and a six-lane system of surface roads will move traffic instead. At a meeting of the Working Advisory Group last week, the state was calling the project the "Casey Parkway." Patch has reached out to Department of Transportation to find out what the official name is. At Thursday night's public meeting at English High, state officials started off by laying out the timeline for the rest of the project. An attached photo …
Multi-lane streets can be divisive, or they can embody these inclusive qualities and be the backbone of a community—and the choice is ours.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
[Editor's note: Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at English High School there will be a community meeting about next steps in the Casey Overpass project.] When MassDOT selected an at-grade network of streets to replace the Casey Overpass, it gave us a once in a lifetime chance to redefine the neighborhood in the community’s vision. As we enter the design phase, it is our community’s responsibility to take full advantage of this opportunity. Frederick Law Olmsted first imagined Forest Hills as transportation hub surrounded by world-class parks. Since the 1950s, however, the neighborhood has been dominated by the now crumbling Casey Overpass, a legacy of an obsolete urban planning philosophy. To its credit, the neighborhood has managed to …