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RE: A dreary stretch of Route 9 could help shape Brookline’s financial future

July 7, 2024
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As a long-time resident of Brookline and Chestnut Hill, I was disheartened by the portrayal of the development process in your article. This fast-tracked process, as acknowledged by CHCAS, barely considers the concerns of local residents or the impact on their neighborhood.
Your article about 1330 Boylston St. failed to adequately inform readers about the history, current state, or future plans for the parcel. The area is not dreary; it is a clean, sunlit space with greenery, stone walls, and several 100-year-old oak trees — all slated for demolition if the developers have their way.
The current “community advisory group” seems to be more focused on commercial interests than the needs of the neighborhood. They are willing to recommend zoning changes that will lead to massive concrete and glass structures encroaching on the sidewalk and immediate residents.
The advisory committee and town see dollar signs but not the concerns of the people most affected by this radical change to their neighborhood. Michael. Sandman’s remarks in your story, along with the word salad made by Charles Carey in the final paragraph, make it clear that neighbors should watch out for the steamroller because it is surely coming.

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