PAX Tab Letter
Affordable housing not only for dense areas
As we said in our TAB op-ed on Jan. 22, which is available at brooklinepax.org, "Too soon to thrown in the housing towel:" "[T]he town must abjure the myth that increased density is only appropriate in already-dense parts of town. ... [L]ow and moderate income housing, and some selective density increases, belong in all neighborhoods ... . According to Open Space 2000, the 'planning area' of St. Aidan's ... has the least open space per capita, 24 percent of the townwide average, 7 percent that of "Fisher Hill/Middle Brookline," and 4 percent that of 'South Brookline.' ... [W]e must push... for ways to obtain more low and moderate income housing, ... [inter alia] more priority for housing [uses for] state and town properties."
The last few years have seen some missed opportunities for converted government properties (e.g. 1010 Commonwealth, and the Webster St. hotel). Numerous residents of the Fisher Hill area disagree with the extreme position of the FHNA; and we hope the latter will reconsider their short-sighted approach. We especially hope the selectmen will look out for all of Brookline.