Southwest Corridor

Boston, Massachusetts 02199

Southwest Corridor

Southwest Corridor Professional Review and Guide

"This urban rail trail takes you from downtown Boston to Jamaica Plain. It is used by bicyclists commuting to and from downtown and by outdoor enthusiasts looking for some fun in the sun near Boston."

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"This urban rail-trail takes you from downtown Boston to Jamaica Plain. It is used by bicyclists commuting to and from downtown and by outdoor enthusiasts looking for some fun in the sun near Boston. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Suffolk County."

"The southwest corridor park was almost a highway. On this walk you can see what happened when the expressway plan was dropped, the narrow corridor became transit lines, and a park was built around it. The never-built Southwest Expressway would have continued I-95 from Route 128 to downtown Boston, replacing the commuter and Amtrak rail line embankment. Hundreds of businesses and homes between Forest Hills and the South End were demolished in the 1960s to prepare for the new highway. As demolition progressed, however, community residents and activists lobbied in protest. Governor Francis Sargent reexamined the issue and announced his decision in 1972: no road.

Urban Arts, a nonprofit company, developed artwork specific for every station and created the Literature Project—granite sculptures with neighborhood-based poetry, messages, and letters. Perhaps best of all, however, is the access that the Southwest Corridor Park affords to the rapid-transit line beneath it. You can begin at, say, Forest Hills, and then follow the corridor to complete your stroll at any station you like. Usually completion of the walk comes at just the right moment—when walkers are beginning to feel tired, thirsty, or hungry!"

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Trail Information

Boston
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
5
Distance
Easy
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Skating
Additional Use

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Oct 2018