This newly researched and opinionated history of the Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain may serve as useful background information for a community grappling with how and why we got here - and where we're going.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports residents who want to see the Casey Overpass replaced with another overpass instead of surface roads are considering suing to stop the work:
"No one prefers to go that route if there's a reasonable solution,ā€¯ he told the Gazette this week. "But all our arrows are in our quiver."
At particular issue: The proposed new location of the exit from the Forest Hills busway near Asticou Road.
A concerned citizen reports this morning he doesn't feel like he should have to buy a construction helmet just to board commuter rail at Forest Hills.
John Stephen Dwyer put together two videos imagining what it would be like if Iron Man attacked the CSA booth at Forest Hills station (top) and if a giant wrecking ball plunged into the station lobby:
The MBTA reports both new GM Beverly Scott and Charlie the T Mascot will be on hand at Forest Hills around 6 p.m. tomorrow to welcome a group of "church ladies" and kids for some old-fashioned caroling. The originally impromptu carolers were kicked out of the station yesterday because they didn't have a busking permit.
A group of "church ladies" and some kids were kicked out of the Forest Hills Orange Line station tonight when they started to sing Christmas carols without an official MBTA busking permit.
But after learning of the situation, T General Manager Beverly Scott, making one of the first executive decisions of her first day on the job, decided to invite them back, to a "suitable and safe" location.
Rev. Laura Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, reports what happened around 6:15 p.m.:
Seems some kids who start up Twitter accounts have taken to soliciting followers on a particular support column in the upper busway at Forest Hills - although as you can see, somebody also took the time to critique their work (and no doubt the T itself will soon join in the critiquing - by way of an application of gray paint).
MBTA Transit Police report a guy who didn't feel like getting off the Orange Line at Forest Hills around 1:20 this morning started screaming at workers.
The Harvest Co-Op, whose sign recently went up on the new Washington Street building where it's planning a new outlet, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to seek a license to sell beer and wine along with its groceries.
Hearings start at 10 a.m. in the board's eighth-flooring hearing room at City Hall.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports that Bridging Forest Hills, which unsuccessfully tried to get the state to replace the crumbling Casey Overpass with a new overpass instead of surface roads, hasn't given up its fight and is now trying to get Mayor Menino to help it convince MassDOT to change its mind. Menino had previously spoken against replacing the overpass with surface roads.
The inbound track needs repairs, but that requires some special parts, which are currently on order, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo says:
The speed restriction will remain in place until the repairs are made. Upon the arrival of some parts needed to make the repairs, the work will be scheduled for a weekend within sixty days.
Seems somebody told My Big Fat Greek Pizza the name had to go, because this morning it's just Big Pizza. The place had been using the movie-like name since it opened more than six years ago.
MBTA Transit Police report that when they asked Dennis Banks what he was doing inside a stairway in a building at the Arborway bus depot yesterday evening,
Banks replied he was "taking a s***" or better stated Banks claimed he was going to the bathroom on the stairs.
Then officers noticed "a freshly cut four foot section of half inch copper resting on a back pack." A quick survey revealed the pipe would have fit exactly in a four-foot gap in a section of pipe on the wall:
The Herald reports a Lowell man arrested as an unregistered sex offender at Forest Hills the other day after somebody complained about him taking pictures of little kids turns out not to have a record as a sex offender. As a convicted stabber and prison-guard attacker, yes, but he was released in April after having served his time for those, the Herald writes.
Wheeze. v. To pull into a terminal station on the Orange Line. "The train wheezed into Forest Hills, emitted a loud sigh at its fate in life and then the doors opened."
Somebody keeps complaining to the city about casino-bound Brush Hill buses clogging up the street across from the Forest Hills T stop to wait for chip-crazed riders to board. The city's marked the latest complaint closed with this note:
We have spoken to drivers and asked them to co-operate with us nice people. 15 minute limit will be enforced.