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Re: [MysticCrossing] Digest Number 68

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    On 3/12/04 8:29 AM, MysticCrossing@yahoogroups.com ... Congratulations to all who participated in getting the MBTA Mystic path agreement! It is a terrific
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      On 3/12/04 8:29 AM, "MysticCrossing@yahoogroups.com"
      <MysticCrossing@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

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      > There are 2 messages in this issue.
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      > Topics in this digest:
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      > 1. Quick facts on the new MBTA Mystic River Path agreement
      > From: Bryce W Nesbitt <bryce1@...>
      > 2. Globe's coverage
      > From: "Bryce Nesbitt" <bryce1@...>
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      > Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 08:23:40 -0800
      > From: Bryce W Nesbitt <bryce1@...>
      > Subject: Quick facts on the new MBTA Mystic River Path agreement
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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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      > Message: 2
      > Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:37:52 -0000
      > From: "Bryce Nesbitt" <bryce1@...>
      > Subject: Globe's coverage
      >
      > http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/071/metro/T_agrees_to_pollution_fines_upgrad
      > es+.shtml
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      > "They were a chronic violator," said Robert W. Varney, New England
      > regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency,
      > referring to the T. But, he said, the T has "really seen this was a
      > problem, and they have taken the issue to heart."
      >
      > ....
      >
      > "The donation of the strip of MBTA-owned property along the Mystic
      > River will complete a vital link in a commuter bike path between Draw
      > 7 park in Somerville and Sullivan Station, said Bryce Nesbitt, a
      > member of the Somerville Community Path organization. A path through
      > the MBTA yard also will connect with future parkland development at
      > Assembly Square, he said."
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      Congratulations to all who participated in getting the MBTA Mystic path
      agreement! It is a terrific addition to the regional network of paths, and
      furthers an ultimate connection to the Charles River network as well. Kudos
      to all - keep up the good work!

      Bob Sloane
      WalkBoston
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