At evening rush hour on Monday, the cars inching into JP's busiest rotary moved slower than a woman pushing a stroller along the sidewalk. Bikes, however, zoomed through via a new bike lane.
Arborway Cycletrack! The broken link in the Emerald Necklace bicycle network has been eliminated! @EmNecklaceBos @bostonbikeunion @MassBike @StreetsBoston @StreetsblogMASS pic.twitter.com/clPBy9y8r0
— Peter Cheung (@bostonaruban) May 18, 2021
Murray Circle, the rotary that links Centre Street and the Arborway, received new lane markings this week.
The current phase of noisy night work on the Casey Overpass is scheduled to be finished on Thursday. Meanwhile, if you haven't experienced the sounds, click on the Facebook video above shared by JP's Rick Berlin to hear what you're missing. See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.
Carlos G., recreational stilt walker, Green Street, May 20, 2015. Credit: Chris Helms
You might see former JP resident Carlos G. traversing the old neighborhood on his recreational stilts. He tells Jamaica Plain News he had to move to Dedham but gets back to JP whenever he can. Here's bonus video of Carlos in action along Green Street:
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A local filmmaker shot this War of the Worlds-like scene of heavy equipment gnawing at the piers of the Casey Overpass. Thanks, mike g, for sharing this with Jamaica Plain News readers. The streams of water you see are required to keep down construction dust. The Department of Transportation on Monday announced this phase of night work would finish July 2. See all our Casey Overpass/Casey Arborway coverage here.
Forest Hills videographer Hugh Mackay witnessed the tearing down of 21 Yale Terrace, a house at the center of an epic fight between the surrounding neighborhood, Bicon Dental and City Hall. The former owner of the house claims that Bicon sent a straw buyer to purchase her home after she refused to sell it to them. The company plans to build an employee dorm and parking structure. The Gazette has followed this controversy in detail for years. Here's an April 24 Gazette story on a demolition delay won by the neighbors with backing from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.
A black Toyota Camry was the last car to ever cross the doomed Casey Overpass. The historic moment came at 3:53 p.m. on Saturday. The flyover carried traffic from when it opened in the mid-1950s to Saturday. It is being replaced with a network of surface roads. Here's how to get through the new configuration whether you're driving, biking or walking.
Name-checking the successful grassroots effort that stopped the Southwest Expressway, City Councilor Charles Yancey told a sometimes raucous crowd of about 175 that he wants to make sure neighborhoods outside JP, notably Mattapan, don't suffer from ills he sees in the massive project. Yancey, who represents District Four, said he'd soon announce a date for a City Council hearing he's sponsoring for an "urgent review of the impacts" on the city's neighborhoods. Yancey was among the many voices at Thursday's construction information meeting at English High School who called the whole effort into question. Transportation officials have struggled at each of the three construction meetings this year to limit discussion to practical questions about carrying out the project. The District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203.