J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Public Discussions of the Battle Road Scenic Byway

Tonight there will be a community forum in Concord, Massachusetts, to discuss the Battle Road Scenic Byway and what it might mean for the town. The meeting will take place from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at 141 Keyes Road, First Floor Conference Room, in Concord.

On Wednesday, 16 December, the equivalent meeting will take place in Lincoln, starting at 7:00 P.M. in Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road.

Similar forums will be held in Arlington and Lexington sometime in January.

This website about the Battle Road Scenic Byway explains:

The communities of Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, the Minute Man National Historical Park, MAPC [Metropolitan Area Planning Council], and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation [now Massachusetts Department of Transportation] are collaborating to help conserve this historic route and to highlight its archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts officially designated The Battle Road Scenic Byway on November 6, 2006.

With funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Scenic Byways program and a match from the Massachusetts Highway Department, MAPC is developing a Corridor Management Plan for the byway in conjunction with the project partners, to be completed in the spring of 2011.
The Scenic Byway website has links to the maps, spreadsheets, and planning documents that will be discussed at these meetings.

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