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Mass Pike Resdesign Comments Due 4/24/14

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2014 at 2:23 am
The following content is provided by our friends, the “People’s Pike”:
Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/24/14) at 5pm is the deadline to send comments to MassDOT. If you spoke at the April 10 meeting, please send your thoughts in writing so you can be sure they are on the record. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting or didn’t get a chance to speak, now is your chance to let MassDOT know what you think.

Please email your thoughts to

Letters should be addressed to

Patricia Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
ATTN: Bridge Project Management, Project File No. 606475

Here are some project goals you might consider mentioning:

  1. Transforming Cambridge Street from a highway connector into a safe, world-class, mixed-use, “complete street”
  2. The “People’s Pike” – an off-road multi-use path with separated space for cyclists and pedestrians that runs alongside the rebuilt Turnpike and connects to the Charles River and Commonwealth Avenue
  3. A new bike/ped overpass that replaces the unsafe and inaccessible Franklin Street footbridge
  4. Expanded Charles River parklands between River Street Bridge and the BU Bridge
  5. New connections for cars, bikes, and pedestrians from Packard’s Corner to North Allston
  6. A new West Station providing transit connections to North Station via Cambridge and South Station via Boston, accessible on foot from both North and South Allston
  7. New connections between the Turnpike, Cambridge, and Storrow Drive that improve mobility for drivers
  8. Highway and rail infrastructure that supports future air rights development.

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The MassDOT presentation from April 10 is at

Thanks for your continued interest and involvement in this important project!

The “People’s Pike” Group
Matt Danish
Paola Ferrer
Harry Mattison
Galen Mook
Alana Olsen
Rich Parr
Jessica Robertson


Licensing/Permitting Forum in Allston 4/22/14

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

City of Boston Seal

City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu has been hosting a series of City Council neighborhood hearings and community forums on the topic of licensing and permitting with an aim toward more fully understanding the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs.  The ultimate goal is applying what is learned at these meetings and using it as guidance for streamlining city processes.

Allston/Brighton’s community forum is coming up on Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Jackson-Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge Street Allston, MA 02134.

See the press release here for more details.

Boston Shines Cleanup Saturday 4/26/14

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Boston Shines

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:30pm, the Mayor’s office in partnership with our friends, Allston Village Main Streets will be having the first annual Sweep and Greet.  Come out, help clean up Allston Village, meet your neighbors and elected officials.  Call 617-254-7564 for more information.

Mass Pike Redesign Public Meeting TONIGHT

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm


     Now that the CSX rail yard is no longer in use, Mass DOT is planning to straighten the section of I-90 that bends around the rail yard as it cuts through Allston.  This massive project will impact our comunity during the 5-7 year period that the project is underway and for many years beyond.

     Now is the time to influence the design of the project, so that the end result (and the construction processs) is something that works for this community.

     To that end, we encourage everyone to attend the first public meeting TONIGHT 4/10/14 at the Jackson Mann Community Center Auditorium, 500 Cambridge Street Allston at 6:30pm.

RSVP & Invite your friends –

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For background on this project, read