Advocacy

The High Street Hill Association has been working to maintain and improve the quality of the neighborhood since 1958. Here are some recent as well as long-term projects.
Quarter Century of Activism
Frances Shedd-Fisher, former President of HSHA, wrote an overview of what a quarter century of neighborhood activism can do.

February 15, 2011

Pond Avenue Traffic Flow
Letter to the Transportation Board offering alternative suggestions to the Town’s plan for traffic calming on High Street.

January 11, 2011

Classic Street Signs
Submitted letter in support of Brookline’s cast-aluminum street signs to FHWA during public comment period on street sign regulations.

November 10, 2010

Residential Burglary
Arrange meeting with police to discuss wave of break-ins in the neighborhood.

April 8, 2010

Meeting to discuss crosswalks on Pond Avenue.

Mar 18, 2010

Zoning Compliance on Boylston Street
Letter from nearby residents including some neighborhood residents requesting that the Zoning Board of Appeals not grant a waiver to build an oversize structure.

Spring 2009

Local Historic District / Preservation Commission Survey Survey of Local Historic District homeowners who had appeared before the Preservation Commission at an application hearing within the last three years.

November 4, 2007

High Street Traffic Safety
Letter to Transportaton Board requesting a traffic assessment study of High Street due to “frequent automobile accidents, serious safety concerns for pedestrians, speeding by motorists, frequent violations of posted No Left Turn signs, and limited sight distances” (pdf).

October, 2007

Philbrick Triangle Name Survey
The triangular greenspace on Upland Road has long been informally known as “The Green.” Its official name however has always been “Philbrick Square.” A survey was held to determine which is more preferred: Philbrick Square or Philbrick Green. The responses.

June 15, 2005

Letter to Selectmen expressing concern that the increased volume and speed of traffic on Pond Avenue weakens the link between Olmsted Park and the neighborhood (pdf).

Walnut Street Reconstruction

When Walnut Street was reconfigured to incorporate various traffic calming elements, a large amount of street signage was added. Many residents feel the new appearance is not consistant with the neighborhood’s status as a historic district. View the petition for the complete list of issues.

November 22, 2004

The Transportation Board has reviewed the issue again and further reduced the remaining sign count to 76.

Two Brookline Place Redevelopment

The High Street Hill Association advocates neighborhood participation in town planning so that a balance is acheived between neighborhood and town needs.

October 16, 2004

Transportation Board to meet with HSHA and walk along Walnut Street to discuss signs. The neighborhood feels that the approximately 100 signs remaining after the reduction are still too many.

September 28, 2004

The DPW Transportation Division has responded with a plan to remove about 18% of the signs. This plan was discussed and accepted at the September 28th 2004 meeting of the Transportation Board.

July 13, 2004

Letter to Selectmen Requesting Neighborhood Representation on Committees (pdf).

June 20, 2004

Petition Regarding Signage on Walnut Street (pdf).

If you have not already signed the petition and would like to do so, please contact Rob Daves, at (617) 566-7334 or robdaves@rcn.com.

May 16, 2004

Statement of Position Concerning Two Brookline Place Development Plan (pdf).

Olmsted Park Restoration

The High Street Hill Association founded Friends of Leverett Pond in 1978 to restore Olmsted Park.

October, 2003

Walnut Street Traffic Calming Evaluation (pdf) report prepared by the BETA Group for the Town of Brookline.

June 15, 2003

Friends of Leverett Pond 25th anniversary press release (pdf).

November 12, 2002

Charles River Watershed Association recognizes Leverett Pond Friends Hugh and Arlene Mattison for their activism. CRWA newsletter Streamer, Winter 2002, pages 2 and 10.

Brookline Neighborhood Alliance

In addition, HSHA works on town-wide issues as a member of the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance, an umbrella group of neighborhood associations throughout the town.

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