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RE: Town Meeting passes major rezoning plan likely to reshape Harvard Street

November 18, 2023
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As reported in Brookline.News: Town Meeting has passed a major rezoning measure which is likely to reshape Harvard Street and bring hundreds of new apartments and condos to the corridor. But who will pay for the services needed by the hundreds of new residents anticipated to occupy new housing on Harvard Street? With schools costing an average of $22,000 per student, among costs for other municipal services, there’s no way that the new residential taxes, on dwellings located on a busy street with limited parking, will pay for these additional services, and neither will the new commercial taxes on the accompanying first-floor retail spaces, assuming such new retail actually materializes. The answer will be more frequent and more sizable overrides burdening existing and future town residents. Such will be the unhappy legacy of Town Meeting’s foolish vote.

Stanley Spiegel is a Brookline resident.

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