Tell Us How You Feel About Rutherford Ave/Sully Sq -- On Camera

Today at 5 p.m., a Patch reporter will be interviewing folks on Main Street about the city's plan to redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square.

Today is Wednesday, May 25. Here are five things you need to know today.

1. We want to hear your thoughts on a Sullivan Square/Rutherford Avenue redesign -- on camera. Today reporter Stacey Leasca will be on Main Street outside of Zume's to capture local reaction to last week's meeting with Rep. Capuano and next steps for the city's plan to improve Rutherford Avenue and the square. If you've got an opinion -- no matter what it is -- please stop by around 5 p.m. today (that's Wednesday) to chat with Stacey. (We'll be airing the videos over the next week, if you want to hear what people have to say.)

2. The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce is continuing its with a presentation by holistic healer Shawna Pelton, who will be talking about wellness in the workplace. Here's a snippet from the calendar listing: "Reducing stress at your job will increase your productivity and your relationships with clients and employees. Get some practical pointers how to optimize your health and wellness." The event takes place today from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Bunker Hill Museum. Bring your own lunch! The event is free for chamber members and $25 for anyone else who'd like to attend.

3. Every week Helen O'Neil provides such a fantastic slice of Charlestown history in her At This Address column. This week was no different. She wrote about the , and the neighborhood's reputation once upon a time as a pottery center. Check it out. You will learn something surprising and new, pretty much guaranteed.

4. I couldn't make it to Grasshopper Cafe yesterday for the mayor's "ribbon cutting" with the Smiths, but fortunately the Your Town Globe reporter could. Check out her photos and some details from the event here, at Boston.com.

5. Yesterday was pretty spectacular, weather-wise. I can't take all of the credit for it, but it *was* my birthday (32!) and I did ask the sun to make an appearance. Will it today? Forecast says mostly sunny, high of 73 today.

For more info on what's happening around the neighborhood, check out our events calendar.

ed May 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM
my daddy used to say, 'when you start off wrong, you end up wrong'. Ten years after this project is completed and has had the test of reality, Mayor Menino will have left office; Congressman Capuano will likely be in another position or retired; the designers and engineers will have moved on to other projects and the residents of Charlestown will be living with the folly of the surface option and there will be no accountability or recourse for this preeminent disaster. Sure, the abutting property owners will have benefited but most of them will have 'cashed' in by developing residential high rises, some being rewarded with zoning variances to build higher which will impact the traffic and never considered during the planning process. I don't even want to think of the nightmare of Sullivan Square; the new residents
gary johnson May 26, 2011 at 02:13 PM
This is one of the main premises of the surface option design: One of the main corridors providing access from the north, Rutherford Avenue was built in an era of automobile and highway expansion. Traffic volumes have since decreased in this corridor. ======== This intersection is one of the vital alternative pathways for Boston. What happens during events at the Garden and on the Esplanade? What happens if there is a problem on either 93 or 28 or Route 1 / Tobin Bridge/ Tunnels? A large amount of commercial traffic, some of it involving tractor trailers, flow through that intersection. Sullivan Square could be even more of Mass Transit hub, if serving mass transit was a part of the plan I would have the next meeting address tractor trailer traffic and Boston traffic jams. I would look at emergency and evacuation routes and re evaluate them given a problem on one of those major routes.
nick czech November 29, 2012 at 06:44 PM


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