Close Shave: Where can we shave streets for parks and pedestrians?

When looking through the collaborative zoning map recently I was struck by a comment in my neighborhood. Someone had suggested turning a stretch of Albermarle Rd., which has no driveways, into parkland. It made complete sense since the one-block road is unnecessary. In fact, a few years ago the city made the left-hand turn there illegal because people were using it as a way to avoid a traffic light.

This also came to mind when I watched the video about Washington Street and saw how changes in the street can take are

Newton Highlands Park is getting a facelift!

Newton Highlands Park is getting a facelift!

I’m very happy to see that the city is beginning work on renovating (using CPA funds) the Newton Highlands Playground, behind Tedeschi’s on Dedham and Centre Streets. I’ve lived down the street from the park for 25 years and it’s always been...