If there were an official Casey Arborway project historian Jamaica Plain's Clay Harper would probably fill the role. Instead he'll have to settle for spectacularly documenting the project from its start in 2014 to today with close to 500 photos and a blog. After supporting the surface option for the Casey Arborway project (instead of putting up another bridge), Harper decided to document the project. "I'm a close neighbor and walk through the full project area three or more times a week for exercise. As someone who participated in the planning and the public debate (eventually as an unaffiliated advocate) I had a deep immersion in the details -- everything from DOT planning presentations to the underlying traffic data to the 400+ pages of bid drawings," said Clay Harper to Jamaica Plain News.
Join the JP Historical Society and local historian Richard Heath for a walking tour of the imagination. Not one square inch remains of the Forest Hills of forty years ago; the Southwest Corridor and the Casey Arborway obliterated all architectural landmarks from that era. And yet the vista and connection that Frederick Law Olmsted once designed and supervised for the parkway between the Arboretum and Franklin Park (most of which was destroyed in 1952 for the Casey Overpass) have been remade. Our walk will follow Olmsted's plan (and end at the lower busway of Forest Hills Station). The tour will also cover the original transportation patterns which characterized Forest Hills well before Olmsted made his plan, those of the Norfolk & Bristol Turnpike and the Boston & Providence Railroad.
Forest Hills resident Kristie Bezreh is taking a shot at knocking out cancer by fighting in the 6th Annual Haymakers for Hope Belles of the Brawl charity boxing event on Wednesday, October 10th at the House of Blues Boston. Bezreh is amongst 32 other brave individuals residing in the Greater Boston and North Shore areas who will be stepping into the squared circle at this year’s event on October 10 to raise money for Haymakers’ beneficiary, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Funds raised will go towards cancer research and other cancer focused research facilities. Leading up to the main event, Bezreh was strategically paired with a boxing gym and coach to guide her through the vigorous four-month training cycle. Since its inception in 2009, Haymakers for Hope (H4H) has raised nearly $10 million for cancer research and has trained more than 500 participants by providing them with four months of free boxing training from prominent local gyms in anticipation of their first amateur sanctioned boxing match in front of a live audience.
Calling all taco lovers! Attention burrito enthusiasts! Hey, all you quesadilla aficionados! Achilito's Taqueria is opening in Forest Hills this weekend! "This weekend we will have a soft opening serving tacos, burritos, bowls nachos and queso," said Margaret Pimental to Jamaica Plain News.
You'll want to avoid a bunch of roads on Sunday due to the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon making its way through the Emerald Necklace park system. An estimated 9,000 runners will start the 13.1-mile course at 8 am from White Stadium in Franklin Park, where the race ends, too. Roads along the route will be closed from 7:30 am to approximately 11 am. The race starts on Pierpont Road. The course heads out from Franklin Park, along New Washington Street and Forest Hills Drive, past the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond and the Arborway/Jamaicaway.