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Quick facts on the new MBTA Mystic River Path agreement

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  • Bryce W Nesbitt
    * The proposed settlement opens a 15-20 foot strip of land at the edge of the MBTA property to public access, for construction of a path open to pedestrians
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 11, 2004
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      * The proposed settlement opens a 15-20 foot strip of land at the edge
      of the MBTA property to public access, for construction of a path open
      to pedestrians and bicycles. The path will serve as a buffer to protect
      the river.

      * The MBTA property occupies .35 miles of prime riverbank. Half the
      property is used for storage of surplus materials, half is an active bus
      yard. At this time, buses are parked within a few feet of the river's
      edge. Oil from the parking lot appears to drain directly into the river.

      * The MBTA yard was built on a pier that extends over Commonwealth
      tidelands, into the Mystic River. This pier was originally used for the
      old elevated Orange line.

      See segment "A-B" on the enclosed map for the location. The current
      path dead-ends in a loop, jsut before the MBTA fence.

      As Anthony Flint recently wrote in the globe, "[the Mystic] is the scene
      of some of the most exciting placemaking in the Boston area.". The goal
      of advocates is a connected network of pathways, with strong connections
      to residences, shopping, and public transit. Such a network, if built,
      would benefit the environment, our children, and increase opportunities
      for everyone to get physical exercise. Provision of public spaces may
      help influence the style and form of development in Assembly Square,
      hopefully resulting in a walkable, green, dense, and transit friendly
      neighborhood.

      Maps of the regional path vision are online at
      http://www.pathfriends.org/ . Information on a related project is at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MysticCrossing/ . Our efforts have been
      supported in part by a grant of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in
      support of health (See http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/ ).

      Bryce Nesbitt
      510-558-0489
      PS: It is 1.6 miles to walk around the bus yard the long way.
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