I went to the Longfellow EA meeting last night.
Long and short of it, the meeting was fine, and the overall EA should probably be approved.
What got people excited was that this finally released the "preferred alternative" which was definitely NOT what I would prefer.
There was a huge line of speakers, 90% of whom spoke in favor of the cycletrack option that the coalition of advocacy groups, including LSA, Walk Boston, MassBike, Institute for Human Centered Design, Charles River Conservancy and Boston Cyclists Union had all signed onto.
There were lovely renderings circulating about the Esplanade 2020 project which suggests consolidating the two sides on Storrow as they used to be, under only one of the bridge's spans. This would require a lot smaller pedestrian bridge, and would open up a much larger section of parkland. I suspect that it's a bit much to add to the bridge project at this late date, but it's very interesting, and seems like it should be taken into account as they're doing other shifts to the parkland.
It was so incredibly icy last night- everything was covered with 1/2" of frozen rain, which was then covered with 1/2" of snow. I had been ambivalent about not biking in what had until the evening not seemed like such a bad storm. When I got out of the meeting at 10PM, I was glad that I was on my feet. I'm not even going to try biking in it this morning. I'm sure they've cleared some of it with salt, but the small streets and the bike lanes seem dicey. Anyone still got their studded tires on?