Casey Arborway Update: A View Not Seen Since 1893


Casey Arborway clearing, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Credit: Richard Heath

These photographs, taken on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., are a reminder of what the clearing of the original Arborway looked like when it was begun in 1893.

Not certain if Charles George Trash was in business at that time…


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  • Hugo_JP


  • hydesquare

    I wonder how awesome it will be at rush hour twice a day when it’s a multi-lane highway (parking lot) filled with cars and trucks stuck in gridlock traffic spewing carbon monoxide?

  • Hugo_JP

    The new roadway will be a huge improvement over the crumbling overpass that dominated the landscape.

  • Peppy

    I agree that the surface roads will probably be an aesthetic improvement for some of the folks who live by there, but I don’t think anyone can say with any kind of certainty that the roadway WILL be an improvement over the Casey. Only time will tell if the changes made there actually make for more efficient and safe movement of people and their vehicles. Let’s hope.

    • Actually, they can: your argument only works if you reject the peer-reviewed data and expertise of the professionals used to design the simplified surface grid that is coming. Skepticism is one thing, but denial of the tools of the trade just, err, fuels it.

      • hydesquare

        And your argument only works if you choose to trust that very same industry that brought us, for example, the peer-reviewed and expertise of the professionals used to design the obscenely over-budget and falling apart before it was finished big dig. Ask my former neighbor what she thinks of the same bunch of experts who designed the deadly ceiling panels….oh wait, you can’t…their expertise killed her. You can choose to believe the self-proclaimed experts, cross your fingers and toes, wish, hope, and pray, but at the end of the day, you get what you pay for, and there are a lot of people out there who think the State took the cheap alternative. Yes, skepticism is one thing, but blind faith in an industry that has time and time again failed us is foolish. I don’t live in Forest Hills and I’m only through there 2x a week at most, so bridge or surface doesn’t really affect me much, and I really hope it turns into the beautiful and easily maneuvered roadway they promise, but I have a funny feeling that the neighbors of F. H. were duped.

        • As it turns out, I have read every document related to this project put out by the State and their consultants and contractors and a good deal more besides. As I recall, one of the main goals was to keep things from falling on people’s heads. Even if you believe little else, the plan will surely accomplish that much.

  • Hugo_JP

    Would a new Casey overpass be a faster way to get across the Forest Hill valley? Of course, but faster at what cost?
    As for the Big Dig , the end product is working well. We need to separate the question of the budget and costs from the impact on traffic and the city. Yes, they seriously missed (or fudged) the initial cost estimates of the Big Dig, but the traffic planning was done well and is working.