Cracking the code: It's all Boston

02131 boasts menswear designer Joseph Abboud as a famous native. 02131 boasts menswear designer Joseph Abboud as a famous native. (Joe Tabacca)
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December 9, 2007

I just read your article about the horrible plight of people who were forced to be in the 02131 ZIP code ("02131 02132," City Weekly, Dec. 2). As a 02131 resident, I am hugely offended by this article. Why is it newsworthy to write such a biased article? Every week we read City Weekly to find nothing about Roslindale. This week we found an article bashing Roslindale. What gives? I agree that there are a lot of great things about West Roxbury. However, there are great things about Roslindale, too. I am part of a great neighborhood in Roslindale that has monthly community meetings. We have the Arnold Arboretum, are closer to the medical area, have access to the Orange Line, and are ideally located to commute to the area's private schools in Chestnut Hill. Closer to the Prudential Center, Newbury Street, Boston Common, Storrow Drive, etc. . . . I hope I don't need to continue.

The bottom line is that we all live in Boston, no matter what your neighborhood is called.

Gina Prochilo-Cawston

Pizzeria story half-baked
As a South End resident, I find it very strange that Richard Thompson:

1) Writes a story about a zoning board hearing that occurred 1 1/2 months ago ("Tremont neighbors cool to pizzeria," City Weekly, Dec. 2).

2) Interviews the sole person who supported the pizzeria, without interviewing any of the more than 20 residents who opposed the Upper Crust bid to rezone the space from retail to restaurant use.

Does Mr. Thompson have an ulterior agenda?

Jane Siegel

T needs to step up in Brookline
I'm disappointed that the MBTA was not able to upgrade their signals to complement the new traffic technology on Beacon Street. It is a missed opportunity.

The T spokesman said the T needs a demonstration that it stands to benefit from trolley-recognition technology. Has he ever ridden the "C" line during the morning or evening commute?

The Minneapolis light-rail system - a modern variation of the MBTA's - is equipped with crossing gates to give the trolleys preference over cars and trucks at all intersections. In Curitiba, Brazil, huge buses function like light-rail vehicles on rubber tires. The operators have transponders to turn the signals green as they approach intersections. Public transit takes preference over cars. One unintended, positive consequence of Curitiba's transponders is that automobile drivers, knowing that the public transit will always get the green light, adjust their speed to match the speed of the buses. Green lights all the way home!

Let's hope the T will respond to Brookline's offer to try to resolve this oversight.

John Dempsey

Running the Green light
I was outraged at Joe Pesaturo's comments that the T would not invest in trolley-recognition technology unless Brookline shows how the T would benefit from such technology ("Beacon Street gets smart lights, but T isn't along for the ride," Dec. 2).

He and other T officials should be made to ride the Green Line. Let them watch the inbound trolleys stop for each light on Beacon Street while waiting to board an already packed train.

The T should have the foresight to have made a study to determine how its riders could benefit from rides made more efficient by such technology.

Chuck Swartz

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