Casey Demolition Uncovers More Never-Before-Seen Views

A view not seen before. 500 Arborway was built in 1962 as MBTA headquarters.

A view not seen before. 500 Arborway was built in 1962 as MBTA headquarters. Credit: Richard Heath

It’s becoming a commonplace as workers remove more of the Casey Overpass that views not seen since the 60s — or ones entirely new — are being revealed.

Here are some photos of this week’s work showing new vistas.

Orchardhill Rd no longer faces a brick wall

Richard Heath

Orchardhill Rd no longer faces a brick wall.  This gives a sense of the original Arborway .

Those who will live at The Commons at Forest Hills will not  look out over a bridge.

Richard Heath

Those who will live at The Commons at Forest Hills will not look out over a bridge.

A view not seen in 60 years.

Richard Heath

A view not seen in 60 years.

See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.

  • Ed Barrett

    A view of the original Arborway will not be accurate until the artificial “hump” that exists between the end of Hyde Park Ave. and Arborway Yard is removed. I suppose the hump is necessary to get New Washington St. over the rail corridor. It would be nice if it could be lowered so HP Ave. and Wash. St. could be approximately on the same level.

    • JamaicaPlainNews

      Great point, Ed!

    • Looks a little better than this though, wouldn’t you say? (photo: Library of Congress/HAER)

      • Ed Barrett

        A little better. But both of those structures were necessary in their time. To see the area as Olmsted did you have to go back to before the el and the overpass were built.

        • Peggy

          Took the 38 into Forest Hills last week. I lived in JP when this new Forest Hills was built! My family does go back a bit. I take the T don’t drive but the Ride will sometimes used the Casey Overpass-obviously not today. Been a long time cause it is not there now. Years ago taking lead off the Overpass. Why didn’t people think about this in the long run! I am all for progress and honestly. I hope the area and people who live and use walk and travel are happy! Very busy area! Mainstay in Boston! Anything that works for great transportation, deserves an A + in my book!

        • … and not needed now.

          Meanwhile: Arborway on right, South Street heading off past where the State Lab is on the left. c.1905 or so