- There's a 1.1 mile bike path in the works
- It's causing great divisiveness in the neighborhood
- Proponents think it will connect the neighborhood
- Opponents think it will divide the neighborhood
And, by the way, there's an old train bridge to be turned into a pedestrian bridge.
- State Rep. Kay Khan supports the trail because she wants to increase her property value (she's an abutter)
- The path will be a "major thoroughfare"
The first point is an odd argument, and a telling concession. Until now, opponents have been arguing that it would make abutters' properties less valuable.
The second point is not really new, but it continues to be odd to think of a bicycle/pedestrian path -- which is too short to be a destination recreation rail trail and is kind of long to be heavily used by Wellesley commuters walking to Riverside -- as a "major thoroughfare." It would be interesting to know the number of users that the opponents anticipate.