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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.
January 11, 2011. Submitted letter in support of Brookline's cast-aluminum street signs to FHWA during public comment period on street sign regulations.
November 10, 2010. Arrange meeting with police to discuss wave of break-ins in the neighborhood.
February 15, 2011. Letter to the Transportation Board offering alternative suggestions to the Town's plan for traffic calming on High Street.
April 8, 2010. Meeting to discuss crosswalks on Pond Avenue.
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).
Mar 18, 2010. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
October, 2003. Walnut Street Traffic Calming Evaluation (pdf) report prepared by the BETA Group for the Town of Brookline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
November 22, 2004. The Transportation Board has reviewed the issue again and further reduced the remaining sign count to 76.
The High Street Hill Association advocates neighborhood participation in town planning so that a balance is acheived between neighborhood and town needs.
July 13, 2004. Letter to Selectmen Requesting Neighborhood Representation on Committees (pdf).
May 16, 2004. Statement of Position Concerning Two Brookline Place Development Plan (pdf).
The High Street Hill Association founded Friends of Leverett Pond in 1978 to restore Olmsted Park.
June 15, 2003. Friends of Leverett Pond 25th anniversary press release (pdf).
Frances Shedd-Fisher, former President of HSHA, wrote an overview of what a quarter century of neighborhood activism can do.
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.