By Land, By Air, and By Sea digitalcity
written by Freelance Writer Stephen Puibello
Reprinted with permission of Digital City Boston/America Online

Can it be true that America's oldest city is under attack again? Which enemy is it now? The polluted Boston Harbor? The BIG dig (Central Artery Project), or simply that of "the Developers,"a copulation of our nations own people who represent big business and profit.

"As if our streets don't have enough traffic", says Boston's Neighborhood Guy !

Newly formed neighborhood group, Battery Wharf Development Group, comprised of Register of Probate-Suffolk County Richard Iannella and his neighbors-who sponsored the neighorhood meeting which was attended by State Rep Salvatore DiMassi, Director R J Lyman of Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Unit (MEPA), City Council President Jim Kelly, City Councilor Peggy-Davis Mullen, Councilor Francis M. Roache and also Councilor Stephen J. Murphy, who also spoke in behalf of City Councilor Albert-Dapper O'Neil, and the North End's newly elected City Councilor, Paul J. Scapicchio.

Each and every politician and both State Official's speeches shared the same concerns of density, noise, height, parking, trash, air-quality, traffic and public safety How can any elected official in the Commonwealth sit back and allow this invasion to take place? Someone else from the audience raised his hand and said we all need to stay focused, and that each of us needs to write MEPA, the Mayor, the Governor, saying that we speak out against the Developers and these massive projects.

BWDG member Joyce Pearl reported to the group about the zoning for the waterfront section of the North End being "55ft, not 71ft high." She went on explaining to the assembled group of 200 that there is an allowance for machinery and that the developers designed one more floor of condo's around the machinery, utilizing the additional square feet for yet another floor of condo's worth $170-$450,000. "Condo's for the rich and famous" said--City Council Woman Peggy Davis Mullen.

Also to be built is a restaurant, "like the North End Needs another restaurant" said one of the 200 residents and visitors who attended the Navarro Community Center. In addition a hotel a 45,000 sq ft Super-market, and a 376 parking garage, of which not even 1% is for the already squeezed out residents, who already deal with Boston's car/space ratio of 7::1.

No one is saying no to new development, but no one neighborhood group throughout the City of Boston is saying yes to oversized development. Everyone wants something built, but it must be scaled down. It must be realistic to the community's needs. If not, and if it is determined that a developer cannot build these large scaled projects because the neighborhood can't handle the density, noise, height, parking, trash, air-quality, traffic and public safety issues, then a park should be built in that space instead.

"City planners should use the above statement as criteria as to where more green space should be developed in Boston's neighborhoods" says Boston's Neighborhood Guy .

Additional Information:

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Unit (MEPA)
Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, 20th floor
Boston, MA 02202
(617) 727-5830
(617) 727-2754 fax


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