A (2020) High Street Hill holiday

The pandemic has stolen our traditional neighborhood activities— sad to say, we will not be hosting the Cookie Swap, caroling on the Green on Christmas Eve or strolling to neighbors’ kitchens to share soup and conversation.  Not to be entirely deterred, though, the HSHA has come up with a plan for sharing the holiday spirit!

We are creating a neighborhood Recipe Book, replete with anecdotes and photos of favorite holiday culinary or craft projects, and we hope you will join the fun!  The assembled recipes will be shared as a PDF in mid-December, both via email and on HighStreetHill.org.  

We invite everyone to share their favorite appetizers, soups, desserts and main dishes, along with favorite holiday craft ideas.  Our preference is for recipes and craft instructions to be typed in an email (easier to cut/paste and format on our end), but we’ll gladly take photos or scans of your recipe cards if that’s easier for you!  Please only send a photo of an example of a completed craft project as we will not be able to do step-by-step instructions using images.

Please email your submissions to matthewdavidhyatt@gmail.com 

2020 HSHA Recipe Book: “Cooking During COVID”
Submissions Due: December 5th by 3:00 pm

Thanks to all who have already shared recipes!  Just a friendly reminder that submissions are due Saturday so that we’ll have time to assemble them all for the book.  We’d love to have at least one entry from each HSHA neighbor so we’ve made it really easy.  A cell phone pic of the recipe is fine!

As we move through the season, we’ll be able to try our neighbors’ recipes and share comments, responses, and photos on the High Street Hill Association Facebook page. If you don’t already follow our page, you can find it here:


Please “like” our page and join in to keep the holiday spirit alive and (almost) well in our wonderful neighborhood!

In other news …

Gateway East Public Transit Improvement
Public Information Meeting

Tuesday, December 1
Zoom:   https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/j/1616412426

by phone: 1 (669) 254-5252 Webinar ID: 161 641 2426

Town Staff, MBTA Staff, and their consultant VHB will provide an overview of the scope, proposals, and potential outcomes of the installation of Priority Bus Lane and Transit Signal Prioritization improvements on Washington Street within the vicinity of the Gateway East Project. Installation of bus priority lanes are typically considered on urban streets with relatively high bus and general traffic volumes where many buses and their passengers are subjected to delay, and where dedicated bus lanes can significantly increase bus travel speeds, bus reliability, and bus operating efficiency. In conjunction with other transit-supportive roadway strategies and long-term, transit-supportive planning goals, dedicated bus lanes help to improve service for current riders while also attracting new riders and creating more compact, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods.

Any questions about the meeting should be directed to staff at tkirrane@brooklinema.gov

Friends of Fairsted Fall 2020 Lecture
The Olmsted Brothers’ Planning in California: A Prescient Approach to Ecological Design 
Thursday, December 3
7:00–8:30pm Lecture

Zoom Webinar. Lecture is Free. Registration is required.
Reserve here. A Zoom link will be sent to your email. 

The population migration and subsequent development pressures in California in the post WWI decades provided the Olmsted Brothers firm with opportunities to plan at a more expansive and complex scale than in their previous work. Working in topographically and climatically challenging landscapes, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. sought to develop a comprehensive approach in their multiple design commissions for residential communities, as well as urban and state park systems that would enhance the natural scenic and cultural features while planning wisely for sound infrastructure. The resultant master planning for the greater Los Angeles region was both ecologically prescient and problematic. Viewing the firm’s visionary designs, some built, some only planned, which impacted this vast megalopolis, this talk will consider the Olmsted work in terms of contemporary ecological issues. 

As respondent, Fadi Masoud, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Toronto, will explore these projects in view of current demographic and climate changes.

Christine E. O’Hara, Professor of Landscape Architecture at California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, focuses on landscape history and historic preservation with expertise in the California work of the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm.

Fadi Masoud is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Centre for Landscape Research.

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