Update: I really ought to revise this page, which dates from the Mass. Ave. era.

The Word on the Street is an unofficial source of news about the redesign of Mass. Ave. in East Arlington.

I started this blog in June 2009 when I became one of ten new members of Arlington’s Mass. Ave. Review Committee.  I’ll do my best to report what is going on here at this blog. Since I’ll also have my own opinions I will share those too. Your comments are welcome.

Note: If you are looking to get up to speed about the project and what is going on, start here. A very basic summary of the redesign is here. There’s a bit more detailed information in this post and then this one.

This blog is of course entirely unofficial and does not speak for the committee or the town.


10 comments so far

  1. Tom on

    How do I contact you? I have some questions about the bike/ped improvements, and how to make them in my town. Also, I would like to be able to get an email as new posts are made for this blog.

    • Adam Auster on

      Tom, I have just added a “follow via email” sign-up widget to this blog—it’s on the right towards the bottom. I probably should have done that three years ago.

      I’ll be in touch with you directly.

      • Ron Newman on

        OK, but how do I send you e-mail?

  2. Tom on

    Thanks !

  3. Tom on

    I cover some of these topics at an email list, you can sign up to receive periodic (about once per month) emails:

  4. Rachel on

    Hello, Adam.

    I’ve recently been studying the Mass Ave Corridor Project in as much detail as I can. I’m working on a column about the project for DigBoston. So far, I have found your blog to be one of the most enlightening, even if opinionated. I would love to interview you and talk about the Mass Ave Corridor Project, if you are willing.

    I’ve subscribed to your email so I get updates, but if you could contact me directly via email, it would be very much appreciated.

    • Adam Auster on

      Hi Rachel, I am sending you email.

      WordPress does not seem to have a simple “contact me” widget, which I would prefer to this “leave me a note” business.

  5. Ryan Jacobs on

    Hi Adam. A question for you and/or the Wordonthestreet Community:

    I know fairly little about the fine art of creasting concrete sidewalks, but the first few blocks that Lynch poured last Fall appear to be in horrible condition.

    The thin, smooth surface is flaking off in dozens of places (my 2 year old daughter effortlessly picked off a one inch piece with one finger), revealing a rough, busted-up looking sidewalk underneath, as if it had never been resurfaced. In some places, this has happened to two or three foot sections en masse, where an inch or two of concrete is already worn away an crumbling (especially around Dunkin’ Donuts).

    My question to you or others: 1) Has anyone else noticed this? and 2) Is this to be expected after just two months of a tough winter? and 3) Is there any chance Lynch can be required to resurface these shoddy areas (a contractor’s warranty, perhaps?).

    Thank you very much,

    • Adam Auster on

      Hello Ryan, and thanks. Do you have any photos? In any case I’ll get out there in the next few days to see for myself.

      I should think that MassDOT and the Town would want the sidewalks to be sturdier. Is it confined to just one place or have you noticed it elsewhere?

      • Ryan on

        Hi Adam. I just took a series of photos on Saturday afternoon. Where/how do I upload them to you? Facebook? Gmail?
        Thanks! Ryan ( rjacobs@csw.org )

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