Community Path extension underway

On May 15, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

A small sampling of the community got a chance to dig into the groundbreaking ceremony for the Community Path extension. ~Photo by Josh Maislin

A small sampling of the community got a chance to dig into the groundbreaking ceremony for the Community Path extension. – Photo by Josh Maislin

By Josh  Maislin

On Monday, May 13, Mayor Joseph Curtatone and other officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the first extension of Somerville’s Community Path in over 18 years. The path will be extended a quarter-mile east from its current terminus at Cedar street, to Lowell Street.

Mayor Curtatone began the ceremony by outlining the long term vision for the Community Path. “We’ll get the Community Path to the border of Boston, along with the Green Line extension. We’ll link the Community Path with the Minuteman Bikeway. This is only the beginning,” said Mayor Curtatone.

Throughout the event, speakers highlighted how community activism had played an integral role in implementing the Community Path extension project. “Letters, emails, phone calls, petitions, meetings, more meetings, probably [even] more meetings. I have seen every one of your faces at these events to make this happen. If anyone deserves a pat on the back it’s each and every one of you,” said Ward 5 Alderman Courtney O’Keefe.

Members of the state delegation, including Sen. Pat Jehlen and Rep. Denise Provost, spoke about financial and political hurdles in making the Community Path extension a reality.

“How many people pay federal income tax? How many people here pay state income tax? How many people pay gas tax to Massachusetts and the Federal Government? Thank you all for the Community Path. It takes money to build this project. What we’re about to do in the Transportation Finance Plan is not sufficient, but it’s better than nothing,” said Sen. Jehlen, indicating a need for “adequate and fair” taxation to support these public projects.

Representatives of Friends of the Community Path, the primary advocacy group for the Community Path extension, reiterated the need for political willpower and financial support. “It’s really important to understand that even a little project like this, which is tied to the Green Line, is tied to the entire state transportation budget. People should really pay attention to that,” said co-founder Lynn Weissman.

After the speeches, it was picture time. Public officials and advocates posed with shovels in their hands to commemorate the groundbreaking. Mayor Curtatone then urged any children that could be rounded up to take part in the shovel-holding extravaganza.

The current phase of the extension will cost $2 million dollars and is planned for completion in fall 2013.

 

 

2 Responses to “Community Path extension underway”

  1. mememe says:

    Mayor Curtatone began the ceremony by outlining the long term vision for the Community Path. “Well kids, we decided you are not going to have an art class any more.” said Mayor Curtatone.

  2. Bostom says:

    Good God: Pat Jehlen wants “adequate and fair” taxation when those of us who pay the taxes are already more than adequately taxed but at best get “fair” services? And more often no services at all. She wants us to give and give and give but the window closes on the middle class when they ask to take out a bit of what they put in. I was never a fan of Margaret Thatcher but she was right when she said “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money to spend.” Which happens pretty fast when a quarter mile of paved pathway costs two million dollars. A pathway. What’s 1300 feet of road cost these days?

    “How many people pay federal income tax? How many people here pay state income tax? How many people pay gas tax to Massachusetts and the Federal Government?” Was this a Romney rally? I didn’t vote for him but this story makes me wonder if he didn’t have a point. Why is the question never “What are we doing here in suits smugly smiling in the sunshine with shovels in our hands for a photo-op while collecting a public paycheck when we should be at our desks acting like productive adults and working?” Those of us whose taxes pay your salaries do. Or, “Why are we giving two-time illegal immigrant drug dealers in Chelsea EBT cards to use like cash when they found 60 grand in the apartment?” Or, “What can we do to see we don’t support another bomb-making, cop- and spectator-killing, dress-stealing family in Cambridge to whom we gave $100,000 in benefits because they were ‘asylum seekers’ granted a fast track to US residency and citizenship on the basis of the ‘grave danger to their lives they faced at home’ who then hightailed it back home to Chechnya?”

    It never ceases to amaze me when our elected officials strut and smile and pose and tell us how they spent our money. How come we never hear that they saved us some money, maybe even enough to reduce taxes?

    I never have and don’t think I ever will. Not the way this crowd spends it.

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