Letter to the Editor by Larry Fabian - an appeal to the new Mayor Walsh administration.
Construction is imminent for starting on a controversial MassDOT
at-grade plan for the Casey Overpass which even Mayor Walsh, while a
State Rep, had called for a moratorium about. A city-coalition
has formed to defeat "MassDOT's naive at-grade scheme that looked
so good to elitist groups." Mr. Fabian is appealing to Mayor
Walsh to conduct an honest analysis of the Casey Overpass issue before
it is too late.
Dorchester and Roxbury residents appreciate our fine neighbors in
Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park and West Roxbury. We need to
travel there for business and pleasure. Some people use transit;
the brave new ones, may actually bicycle. But sometimes we need
to drive -like for medical reasons or shopping trips with kids, or even
Easter dinner with Aunt Beatrice.
Historically Boston grew to the Southwest, as Brookline, Cambridge and
Somerville chose separate paths. As a result, Forest Hill is became and
still remains the geographic center of the City - certainly more so
than Mayor Walsh's new office a bit down from his prior office on
Beacon Hill. As the geographic center, a lot of traffic goes to and
through Forest Hill. Our time is valuable; sitting through long
lines of stop and go traffic is not first choice.
City-wide coalition has come together to defeat MassDOT's naive
at-grade scheme that looked so good to elitist groups downtown,
Brookline, Cambridge and beyond. A "shared" bridge can be functional
and beautiful and keep traffic out of the Forest Hill station area,
which then can truly be made pedestrian, bike, taxi and bus friendly.
NOW we need a new (replacement) Casey bridge to connect Dorchester,
Roxbury and Mattapan to Forest Hill, and beyond. This will keep traffic
off Forest Hills streets and allow a beautiful new Emerald Necklace
connection. A new bridge will keep Forest Hills livable.
Many people look forward to walking with you on a new bridge in Forest
Hills in Term-One.
WE CALL UPON MAYOR MARTY WALSH
We call upon Mayor Walsh to conduct an honest analysis of the Casey Overpass issue that affects us all.
- He understands the flaws in MassDOT's plan to eliminate the Casey Overpass.
- He was the first candidate to ask for a moratorium on the impending at-grade scheme.
- The residents of Boston deserve a fair evaluation of potentially superior solutions with a new bridge.
- This is URGENT business: MassDOT is to advertise for constructors next month.
- MassDOT is planning to close the overpass for good this spring!
Please, Mayor Walsh, take charge early in your first term. Do
what is right for the residents of all of Boston.
Larry Fabian, Dorchester
Contact Larry: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Posted: Jan 26, 2014 Nancy J Conrad
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