Forest Hills

By - 2/27/12 - 10:16 am
Tollgate Way

This is Tollgate Way.

Take the 34 bus up Washington Street to Forest Hills and it always announces Tollgate Way. Nobody ever gets off there, though. Except maybe the ghosts.

Across the train tracks, on Hyde Park Avenue, a street sign also announces Tollgate Way:

Tollgate Way sign

But there's nothing there, except... Read more

By - 2/13/12 - 10:11 am

The people who want to keep the Casey Overpass say the space under a new overpass could become a marvelous cultural gathering spot instead of remaining the dreary collection of parking spaces and muggers' hiding spots that it has been for the last 50 years.

Via Boston Daily.... Read more

By - 2/9/12 - 3:53 pm

In response to a citizen complaint about a neighbor constantly using a traffic cone to claim a space on Weld Hill Street in Forest Hills, a city DPW inspector reports:

I sent an inspector to this location, they reported back that the cones are not there now. We will keep patroling the area periodically so we can try and confiscate the cones.

By - 2/5/12 - 1:55 pm

Don't try riding your bike up the escalator while holding a cup in one hand. SC reports watching in amazement today as a guy rode his bike down the Orange Line platform at Forest Hills, then tried to ride it up the escalator:

He got stuck at the bottom & spilled his coffee everywhere. ... Got one wheel on and lost control while still

... Read more
By - 1/6/12 - 7:24 pm

A blue Honda Fit had its rear window blown out by gunfire around 3:30 p.m. outside 219 South St., according to AlertNewEngland and Mike Flynn (who took a photo of the damaged car). Four suspects in an older Ford were reported to have fled toward Centre Street.... Read more

By - 1/6/12 - 4:39 pm

Boston Police report two Jamaica Plain teens were arrested after they allegedly held up a pizza driver at knifepoint last night at 155 Williams St.

Franklin Baez and Jadiel Martinez, both 19, were charged with armed robbery after an off-duty officer noticed two guys matching the description of the knifemen afterwards on Walnut Avenue by Franklin Park, police say, adding Martinez was... Read more

By - 12/16/11 - 5:08 pm

The Casey Overpass is scheduled to be shut between 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday for repaving, MassDOT advises.

By - 12/16/11 - 7:11 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city has put the T's Arborway bus yard on its list of problem properties, which it usually uses for places at high risk of catastrophic fires, excessive illegal activities and the like. In the yard's case, the issue is chemical storage and fumes. The T has shelved plans to renovate the property, citing lack of money.... Read more

By - 12/14/11 - 8:08 am

Orange Line riders wait for mystery shuttle bus at Green. Photo by Rick Pinchera.Orange Line riders wait for mystery shuttle bus at Green. Photo by Rick Pinchera.

UPDATE, 9:24 a.m.: The T says normal service has resumed,... Read more

By - 12/11/11 - 6:16 pm

AlertNewEngland reports a man was shot at 218 South St. this afternoon, possibly by the two men police reported fled toward the Southwest Corridor Park.

Jamaica Plain Patch talked to a man who said he was talking to the victim - expected to survive - when he was shot.... Read more

By - 12/9/11 - 5:40 pm
Casey Overpass protesters

Sarah Freeman (l.) and Beth Worell were among the protesters on New Washington Street under the Casey Overpass today urging the state Department of Transportation to replace the crumbling hulk with at-grade intersections and parks.

Forest Hills has been split between people who want the state to build a new overpass and those who say that for $21 million less, you'd get at-grade intersections that... Read more

By - 12/2/11 - 8:03 am

Martin Connolly reports some savvy/sneaky inbound commuters at Stony Brook and Green Street take the outbound train to Forest Hills, then don't get off as the train becomes an inbound one, which reduces the odds that poor Forest Hill saps like him can get a seat.

By - 11/29/11 - 10:44 am

Boston Police report a Plymouth man who helped lead them to the guy who held him up at gunpoint near the Forest Hills T stop yesterday wound up arrested himself when it turned out the stuff he'd had stolen was itself stolen property.

First, police say, Gregory B. Bray, 41, of Dorchester, was arrested at the T stop on armed-robbery charges after he used... Read more

By - 11/29/11 - 6:51 am

Liam, who lives in Forest Hills, explains his support for a proposal to replace the crumbling hulk of an overpass by the T stop with an at-grade crossing, rather than with another overpass:

I am aware that traffic engineers in your department have determined that both a bridge and the at-grade option will handle the predicted traffic flow of 2035 in roughly the same

... Read more
By - 11/28/11 - 10:24 am

Meg Fowler Tripp got on a train this morning and soon after heard the driver exclaim:

I'm closing the doors to this train, and don't you be thinkin' God's gonna open a window and let your ass on.

If you immediately thought gotta be the Orange Line, congratulations, get yourself a donut at Mike's or Donut and Donuts.... Read more

By - 10/25/11 - 10:37 pm

Superguppy reports power is out along Hyde Park Avenue from Ukraine Way to Walk Hill Street tonight - the same area that had a planned outage on Oct. 14 for NStar to do some maintenance work.

By - 10/24/11 - 8:24 am

A fed-up citizen files the latest report on somebody calling himself Bold, who keeps scribbling his fool name all over Forest Hills.

By - 10/7/11 - 6:24 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports a task force looking at how to replace the hulking Casey Overpass are down to two options: A bridge that would replicate the current traffic flow and ground-level intersections. State Rep. Russell Holmes, who favors a bridge, said the committee should hold hearings in Dorchester and Mattapan, in addition to JP, because of the overpass's importance as a regional... Read more

By - 9/29/11 - 4:02 pm

The Metro reports. Don't worry: Homeland Security paid for the upgrade.

By - 9/26/11 - 10:10 am

The Boston Climate Action Network reports, posts photos from a march from Forest Hills to downtown on Saturday