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.
Editor’s note: This article was updated Thursday with revised information from the MBTA. At least it's not on the weekdays. Buses will be replacing MBTA train service from Forest Hills to Jackson Square on the weekends of June 30 and July 7. The disruption in train service is due to track work. Buses will replace Orange Line trains going both ways and will affect the following station: Jackson Square, Stony Brook, Green Street and Forest Hills. The MBTA had originally planned for track work most weekends through early September but, in response to inquiries from Jamaica Plain News Thursday, clarified that the work schedule had been shortened:
The Boston Transportation Department is holding a meeting on May 14 to discuss the redesigning of Centre and South streets streetscape. At the meeting the city would like to hear the community's "streetscape improvement priorities" for Jackson Square to Forest Hills along Centre and South streets. Boston Transportation Department officials will discuss the upcoming design process based on the Centre and South Streets Streetscape and Transportation Action Plain. This meeting is open to the public and will be on Monday, May 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St.).
A new restaurant, Bar Orange, is planned for a Forest Hills spot that has had two restaurants fail in the last five years. The restaurant will be located at 3698 Washington St., which was previously home to the failed Tonic, and a second location for Grass Fed opened in 2016 and closed in 2017. Bar Orange will be a sit down restaurant with a variety of in-house cooked food, using locally-sourced products, as well as local microbrews, said Ryan M. Gazda of McDermott, Quilty & Miller, LLP, which is representing Bar Orange at public meetings. Closing time will be 1 am. Despite the name, Gazda said the focus of the restaurant will be more restaurant than bar.
It looks like the Forest Hills restaurant scene will receive a boost this February when a new taqueria opens on Hyde Park Avenue. The website for Achilito's Taqueria declares itself as "fresh and spicy" with a wood fire grill while utilizing seasonal ingredients. There will be small batch offerings such as spicy salsas and tasty looking tacos. The restaurant will open at 38 Hyde Park Avenue in a new building at the corner of Weld Hill Street across from the Forest Hills MBTA station. The new restaurant has also already created a buzz with local residents.