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Monday, April 07, 2008

The St. Aidan's Override and Other Things I'm Trying to Avoid on These Pages

I know there is a lot of attention being directed to the Proposition 2.5 Override vote about one month from today. It's politically contentious enough that I am going to keep my opinions to myself on the matter. What should be noted is there is an important vote and all Brookline residents should be aware of each side of the argument. There is a "Yes for Brookline" group as well as a few dissenting opinions. The TAB is doing an admirable job (even without Jessica Scarpati) covering the story and the editorial and opinion content they are printing seems strong.

The second big issue is the now progressing redevelopment of St. Aidan's Church in North Brookline. This is a new condo complex with an affordable housing element. The neighborhood is rallying against the demolition process and I know the Town has many times over added taxpayer funds to subsidize the construction, so it will be interesting to see the final result. It's almost as if this property is Brookline's own version of the Big Dig. Normally I would worry about the damage the public relations backlash would have on the initial sell-out, but I have a new theory that I'll expand upon in another post that not many people buy a second time in Brookline because of the interesting demographic mix we have here. It's not a negative, it's just the type of person who buys in Brookline either buys very long-term or buys short term and needs a next step up that would require a 100% increase in purchase power.

Anyway, I'm going to try to stay away from St. Aidan's and Prop 2 1/2 for now unless something really compels me to jump in. I welcome any comments on either issue, because they're significant goings on in our community. To comment just click on the little text balloon icon to the upper right corner of this post.


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