This weekend I will be riding in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon with my 18-month daughter Kay as my co-pilot.
Bikes Not Bombs is one of my favorite charitable social justice organization because it uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. This includes shipping restored bikes to International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean where sustainable transportation is vital for economic development. Closer to home, Youth Programs in the Boston area teach bicycle safety and mechanical skills to local teens building self-confidence and personal responsibility. Please make a donation to help the world-changing activities of Bikes Not Bombs. Better yet, come join us for the ride and/or for the post-ride festival at Stony Brook.
Join SINGPOSITIVE, JP!as we present our Spring Concert
"AWAKE, MY SOUL"Celebrate spring, change, growth, and rebirthwith JP’s biggest intergenerational chorus and bandSUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013, 4PMSt. John’s Episcopal Church (1 Roanoke Ave.)Songs from Mumford & Sons, Michael Jackson, The Muppets,James Taylor, “Hair,” Peter, Paul and Mary, and moreTickets: $10/adults, $5/kids ages 2-16Learn more about us at www.SingPositive.orgVisit our Facebook event!
Part of a brilliant blog post by a Jamaica Plain resident on the history of the Arborway in Forest Hills and a bright vision of the future.
Deadline to write MassDOT w/ your support for Casey Arborway at grade road in Forest Hills, Jamaica Plain is Mar. 13. Check out my blog post on why auto-centric highways (elevated or otherwise) are bad for the urban environment and what we can build in its place. Then, please write a letter of support for the at-grade project and your ideas for design to:
Thomas F. Broderick,
P.E., Chief Engineer,
10 Park Plaza,
Boston, MA 02116,
Attention.: Paul King, Project File No. 605511
firstname.lastname@example.org (include the above address information in the email)
Such submissions will also be accepted at the meeting. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public meeting transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Information Meeting. Project inquiries may be emailed to:
Still, the potential for thriving redevelopment is vividly apparent in Forest Hills, and in many other areas around transit stations — and together, these sites will hold the key to providing something Eastern Massachusetts desperately needs to make itself more welcoming: reasonably priced, transit-friendly housing that will attract newcomers to the Boston area.
All too often, the state’s out-of-control housing prices prevent that from happening now. The Boston region has the nation’s third-highest rental prices, trailing only San Francisco and New York; the region also has extremely low vacancy rates for both renters and buyers. This paucity of housing scares away businesses and potential residents. There is no starker illustration of these woes than the thousands who graduate from Boston-area universities every year and immediately leave to start their careers and families elsewhere — an exodus that takes a continuing toll on the city’s vitality.
Massachusetts has at least promoted the construction of housing whose costs is artificially kept down through deed restrictions, subsidies, and other means. But these measures aren’t necessarily helpful to younger workers who earn just a little too much to qualify for affordable-housing programs. What the region needs — and what Boston and other dense local communities should promote — are moderately priced market-rate units in emerging neighborhoods with good transit access and the potential to develop appealing urban amenities.
Great article on development in my neighborhood. I’m excited about what’s in store for the future (if we can keep the NIMBY’s at bay).