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It's interesting that the building is named "The Calvin at Coolidge Corner", when not only is this business district actually JFK Crossing, but JFK Crossing was also the project's name when it was first proposed.
 

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It's interesting that the building is named "The Calvin at Coolidge Corner", when not only is this business district actually JFK Crossing, but JFK Crossing was also the project's name when it was first proposed.
And Coolidge Corner isn't named after Calvin Coolidge:


And no, the area was not named after President Calvin Coolidge, but for 19th-century local businessman David S. Coolidge, whose grocery and general store was on the site of the S.S. Pierce Building. At the time, it was the only commercial business in North Brookline.
 

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It's interesting that the building is named "The Calvin at Coolidge Corner", when not only is this business district actually JFK Crossing, but JFK Crossing was also the project's name when it was first proposed.
I have never heard a human being refer to this part of Brookline as "JFK Crossing" in my entire life. It's Coolidge Corner.
 

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I have never heard a human being refer to this part of Brookline as "JFK Crossing" in my entire life. It's Coolidge Corner.
Yes. I grew up in Brookline and lived on Coolidge St. The whole stretch is Coolidge Corner to anyone who’s local and anyone who’s non local, for that matter. If you wanna get specific, a lot of people will say “the Jewish part of Coolidge”, although the local Jewish business presence has been dwindling over the years down there…

I despise and detest google, which is probably single handedly responsible for the horseshit fake neighborhood names that you see when you hover close over any local map… because companies pay google, and real estate companies push fake names of fake neighborhoods. There’s no such thing, outside of a realtors office, as JFK Crossing, Emerson Gardens, High Street Hill (uh, it’s Pill Hill, dipshit), Coolidge Corner South Side (also just Coolidge), Central Village (wtf?!) etc in Brookline. Just like nobody who isn’t addicted to maps and nerdiness has any clue what you mean by Sumner Hill, Pondside, Brookside, Hillside, Parkside, or Jamaica Hills (another total wtf) in JP. Or “Centre South” in West Rox… etc etc etc. Unlike Ms. Cleo’s cards, the maps these days DO lie.
 

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I have never heard a human being refer to this part of Brookline as "JFK Crossing" in my entire life. It's Coolidge Corner.
It's not a Google thing or a realtor thing. The Town designated it as such and promotes that name. JFK Crossing | Brookline, MA - Official Website (brooklinema.gov)
There is also a sign in Coolidge that's been there for over a decade: https://goo.gl/maps/QcqjuoLAXfC4kMZH9
It may not have existed for decades, but it appears to very much be in use today.
 

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Looking at sm89's link I checked what was demolished for the 2Life housing. This was a significant teardown and must have gotten some serious pushback.
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Looking at sm89's link I checked what was demolished for the 2Life housing. This was a significant teardown and must have gotten some serious pushback.
I don't think it got any pushback. It's KI's social hall and they didn't need it anymore. The synagogue proper is far more architecturally significant than that addition.
 

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It's not a Google thing or a realtor thing. The Town designated it as such and promotes that name. JFK Crossing | Brookline, MA - Official Website (brooklinema.gov)
There is also a sign in Coolidge that's been there for over a decade: https://goo.gl/maps/QcqjuoLAXfC4kMZH9
It may not have existed for decades, but it appears to very much be in use today.
It’s a chamber of commerce thing which = town + business + realtor.
Signs don’t mean anything. Nobody who knows anything calls Rozzie Sq “Roslindale Village” and ditto for “Allston Village” for that matter… signs notwithstanding.
 

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It’s a chamber of commerce thing which = town + business + realtor.
Signs don’t mean anything. Nobody who knows anything calls Rozzie Sq “Roslindale Village” and ditto for “Allston Village” for that matter… signs notwithstanding.
Right. Signs - or even municipal governments themselves - don’t give a neighborhood its name. People do. That’s why we don’t have a thread called “South Boston Waterfront General Discussion.”
 
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Right. Signs - or even municipal governments themselves - don’t give a neighborhood its name. People do. That’s why we don’t have a thread called “South Boston Waterfront General Discussion.”
I actually would advocate for that concept applying to much more of the neighborhoods… We live in an era of very top down enforced definitions, based on consensus usually of specialty groups… it was not always this way… Even things we take for granted like spelling and words had much more regional variation until quite recently… I think language is a living thing, and it needs room to grow, breathe, and be flexible… Rigidly imposed limits only represent death, not life…
 

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Back around 2005-2006, I was part of the community planning sessions, facilitated by Von Grossman & Company, for "Gateway East", as this section of route 9 was referred to at the time. It seemed roughly half of the participants wanted this stretch to become an urban, mixed use corridor while the other half wanted it to essentially remain the same with pocket parks wherever they could fit them. One participant actually wrangled enough time to present an entire power point presentation on her vision, which was to remove the concrete pedestrian bridge (anyone remember that eyesore?) and replace it with another pedestrian bridge for the purpose of planting lots of flowers on it, similar to the rail bridge in Shelburne Falls. Fortunately the more practical ideas prevailed and it's nice to see the progress years later. I'd like to see more of this type of development all the way up to Cypress St, and it will happen in time, I'm sure.

Anyway, one great idea that came out of those meetings, which has since been built, was the realignment of the Walnut St "jug handle", behind the fire station, to Pearl St. This created a 4 way intersection with lights and crosswalks approximately was where the old pedestrian bridge was removed. Gretchen Von Grossman had a concept sketch that showed a building on the newly created parcel, within the extended jug handle, to illustrate how a street wall could be reestablished to undo the damage of the urban removal of the 1950s. Predictably the idea to put a building there was met with yawns and, last I noticed, it seems it will be a parking lot for the foreseeable future. Ah well.
 
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