Posted on November 28th, 2013 No comments
Please read the full letter when you have a moment located under “Get Involved,” but here are the key points we wish MassDot to address.
- Do not install a median fence.
- Create a signalized pedestrian intersection at Linden Street and/or Mansfield Street.
- Use physical barriers between the bike lanes and auto lanes.
- Reduce vehicle speeds on Cambridge Street.
- Maintain the left turn onto Highgate Street.
- Bike lanes in both directions should go all the way to Harvard Ave.
- Dramatically improve the aesthetics, cleanliness and perception of safety of the overpass and footbridge.
- Show us the final design before it goes out to bid.
- Follow through on stated commitment to include all of Cambridge Street when the MassPike is reconstructed.
Posted on October 4th, 2013 No comments
Harvard released a plan calling for $28 million in community benefits ($17m to Allston residents and $11m to Boston that could come back to Allston per the Harvard Crimson) before their Oct 17 meeting to get their 10 year plan approved by the BRA.
Although generous, questions still remain about the details of the spending (as the vast majority will be administered by Har-”a new fence is a community benefit”-vard) and the timetable and details for continued development. No amount of money can make up for a 50 year construction site.
Construction and improvements made decisively and intelligently with the least delay will benefit both Harvard and the community.
Posted on September 22nd, 2013 No comments
The Boston Globe and others are reporting that Harvard is planning to raise a record 6.5b to fund their expansion into Allston. Their target date is 2018. Hopefully they can make meaningful improves before than. Assuming they start building after they have the money in hand that puts finish dates into the 2020s. Allston deserves more action sooner.
Posted on August 19th, 2013 No comments
The Crimson reports that Harvard has proposed $13 to 15 million in community benefits.
This is not money that they would hand over to community/city/independent third part, but money that would allegedly be spent on behalf of the community. Harry Mattison does a great job of highlighting how absurd some of these “benefits” are: studies to study benefits, traffic signals, etc.
Harvard has a long history of citing questionable community benefits, like new fences around its properties.
Although Harvard has made efforts to offset its damage to the community more needs to be done to make up for the damage that years of land banking have caused and will continue to cause into the future.
Posted on July 1st, 2013 No comments
A popular longstanding bicycle shop in Allston has closed. Bicycle Bill’s final day of business was Saturday [June 29], ending a 38-year run.
Paul Sager said Monday that he was shutting down the shop at 253 North Harvard St. to retire. He said he and his roommate opened the store in 1975
It’s too bad that an alternative to closing could not be found. I hope the location can foster a continued retail presence… or even another bike shop. Bill’s was the only bike shop I’m aware in the area – the next closest being on Comm Ave or in Central Square. Paul and his mechanics were always friendly, willing to lend a hand and fixed small problems for free. Likewise their paid service was always reasonably priced and in the promised time. Good luck to all those involved and best of luck to Paul in retirement.
Note: Paul owns the building, so this has nothing (directly) to do with a Harvard property. However if some of the area properties were developed more quickly or if leases hadn’t been terminated you would have to wonder if Paul could have found a buyer for the shop given a different retail climate in Lower Allston.
City proposes blocking Harvard from opening new buildings in Allston if school fails to meet terms for development – See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/allston_brighton/2013/03/city_proposes_blocking_harvard.html#sthash.iTyMNUAy.dpufPosted on March 20th, 2013 No comments
Boston officials have warned Harvard University that the city would block the college from opening new buildings in Allston if it fails to comply with terms Mayor Thomas M. Menino has proposed based on concerns from residents of the neighborhood, where Harvard is planning the first phase of decades of development to expand its campus.
Finally! The city is holding Harvard to its promises and commitments and calling them to task for poor, erratic planning!
Posted on August 4th, 2012 No comments
I stand corrected. U-Save! 24-Hour Glossolalia is at Herter Park tonight… all night:
12am // Organ Buffet // Tom Maio and Cassie Pinner: Cassie will interpret and perform her poem, Organ Buffet, alongside performance artist Tom, expanding upon the poem’s premise of the heaviness of intimacy between two human beings.
12:45am // Not I // Allison Vanouse: Allison will perform Samuel Beckett. She states, “This play is a precipice. I am trying to leap from it.”
1am // Open Mic & Streaming // MC Magzilla and sound by Bathaus: YOU ARE CALLED! to the stand to share whatever you’d like by way of FREE SPEECH AND ASSOCIATION while under the spell of Bathaus electronics. Rant and rave! Recite your favorite poem, read from a book you’ve been devouring, move! howl! yelp! or be silent. Video Channeling will occur alongside these performances. Pieces include: ROARS // Hermione Spriggs: A mimetic exchange with youtube lions, NO Opera // Caitlin Berrigan, and Whistling Piece 01 // Hermione Spriggs and Mathew Whittington, and more!
1:30am // Free Dance & Set // BATHAUS, Maria Molteni
2:30am // Ritual in the a.m. // B B Gun / Kit Lace: Your personal transcendence is attainable. Blow your soul and consume your mind. Commit.
3am Shaker Circle Dancing // Maria Molteni: We will dance collectively and channel the 3rd Spirit of the Holy Trinity at the third hour of the morning
Link to full map of this moving 24 hour show
Posted on July 24th, 2012 No comments
Shakespeare on the Common is almost upon us (Cornelius starts this Wednesday). This inspired me to wonder what was going on this summer in Herter Park. As near as I can tell nothing is happening at the theater. The best I could find was on Universal Hub circa 2011. I was last there to see the Orfeo Group in 2009 with their hilarious Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Although outdoor performance spaces can be unpredictable and one surrounded by a stagnant mosquito breeding moat is less than ideal its still a special spot that could be great again. Boston is doing more to develop its open space, but more needs to be done. If the DCR can’t fund a renovation why not a dinner theater restaurant with attached cafe? Riverside cafes are common place in Europe and the lease revenue could go toward renovating and maintaining the rest of the park. Actually this is all in the master plan, but like so many master plans it just needs to be implemented…
It should be noted that other events take place at the park, like the The Charles River Food Truck Festival this Saturday. Likewise the park is still heavily used by volleyball players, joggers, bikers, fishermen and children making general merriment… its just that it still has more potential to entertain.
Posted on July 18th, 2012 No comments
A while back we wrote on some grumblings about the Harvard Innovation lab. Unlike the MIT incubator space in Kendall Sq (that is open to the entire community), Harvard’s space turned out to be a relative bust for most of Allston.
It turned out unless you were Harvard, there wasn’t really a place for you. A request back in November to them about how the interactions between the Allston Community and Entrepreneurs were supposed to take place went unanswered.
Anyway, just a while back I found out about a City of Boston run program called Startup Blvd. At first I didn’t really have any idea about what the city was planning, but now they have announced a type of start-up incubator space right on the other side of the pike, at 20 Linden Street!
Check out the Allston Startup Blvd Annoucement Here
The basic idea of the program is as follows:
Startup BLVD Allston started from a simple idea: To create the best startup-friendly community in the Allston/Brighton area by bringing founders together in a cool, conveniently located space and providing exclusive and dedicated advisory services, great connections and resources to help them grow their businesses.
We are located at 20 Linden St. Allson, MA
INTEGRATED WORKSPACES, COMMUNITY, AND CONTENT
Although Startup BLVD Allston is not a competition, we do screen applicants on a rolling- and need-basis with the following broad guidelines in mind:
- You want to a business positioned for growth
- You need a place to work
- You are interested in business assistance or guidance
- You live nearby
- You are looking for an affordable way to connect with the innovation community
They announced pricing of $150 a month+, so I really hope this can be a resource to the entrepreneurs and inventors of Allston. Looks like they are taking applications for the first round until Aug 3, if you are interested definitely check it out.
Posted on April 3rd, 2012 No comments
Project Name: Master Plan for Planned Development Area #87 – New Brighton Landing
Project Proponent: New Brighton Landing, LLC.
Project Description: The site described in the Master Plan contains approximately 13.98 acres (about 608,969 square feet) of land area located on both the north and south sides of Guest Street and the east side of Life Street, in Brighton. The portion of the site on the northerly side of Guest Street is bounded to the north by land of the MBTA, to the south by Guest Street, to the east by a Stop & Shop Supermarket and to the west by the office complex known as Brighton Landing. The portion on the southerly side of Guest Street is bounded to the north by Edward C. Joyce, Trustee/B.L. Makepeace, Inc., and to the west by Life Street. Only a small 8,049 square foot parcel on the southerly side of Guest Street is not contiguous to any of the other parcels (collectively, the “Project Site”). The Master Plan describes four new projects (each, a “Proposed Project,” and collectively, the “Proposed Projects”) to be located on the Project Site: (i) a new Office Use building with accessory parking and loading to house New Balance employees, managers and officers, together with Retail Use, Restaurant Use and Service Use; (ii) a new Office Use building or buildings with accessory parking and loading, Restaurant Use, Retail Use, and Service Use; (iii) a Hotel Use with accessory parking and loading, Restaurant Use, Retail Use, and Service Use; and (iv) a sports facility with accessory parking and loading, Restaurant Use, Retail Use, and Service Use. The Master Plan sets forth the proposed location and range of dimensions of the Proposed Projects, the proposed uses, a traffic analysis for the Proposed Projects and the anticipated public benefits of the Proposed Projects. The Master Plan also describes the planning objectives and character of the Proposed Projects.
Meeting Date/ Place: 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the WGBH Auditorium, One Guest Street, Brighton, MA 02135
Close of Comment Period: Monday, May 7, 2012
MAIL TO: ERICO LOPEZ
BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
ONE CITY HALL SQUARE, 9TH FLOOR
BOSTON, MA 02201
FAX TO: 617-742-7783
Erico J. Lopez
Senior Project Manager
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201