Tomorrow Night will be another chance to stop an ill-conceived attempt to cater to special interests instead of taking care of the citizens as a whole.
We dodged a bullet when it came to 100 State Street as outrage was felt at the total disregard of the community as a whole for some get-rich-quick (and city’s pockets nicely lined) developer who wanted to create a monstrosity next to our beloved library.
Now politicians, developers and self-serving homeowners want to pass a bad ordinance.
This bad proposal was sent to sub-committee when everyone was on vacation or distracted by the summer’s pursuits. Sneaking it on the books, now they hope the inertia of its presence will make it possible for it to pass.
THAT IS IF THE CITIZENS AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION!
While the rest of us were enjoying the summer, exploiting, greedy developers have been working with city councilors who care more about these special interests than the community at large.
Hoping that no one notices, an ordinance has been introduced to cater to special interest developers who want to exploit the City without giving any thing back in benefits to the community! (We certainly don’t want to inconvenience them!)
Back in June, a new ordinance dictated that developers and homeowners doing major work would improve the adjacent city sidewalk and install city trees. Finally, instead of the usual raping of our community by demolishing homes, gutting homes and putting in enlarged, oversized housing; the citizens would at least see a nagging problem resolved that has been like a painful hang nail for decades: the terrible condition of our sidewalks would start to see a steady improvement as responsible developers and homeowners contribute to the city for short money, the sidewalks in front of their renovations and major work.
Now a city councilor (with his allies) want to introduce amendments through this ordinance that dump the requirements, and give the discretion to volunteer boards which are buffeted already by consultants, lawyers, and politicians. They “may” require the sidewalk being improved. They “may” want to see street trees installed.
Just to horrify and jog your memory. Remember the Zoning Board of Appeals were presented with 43 abutters who were against a developer, and the developer won. (Tremont Street) or a developer who disregarded the building inspector and the Planning Board directives and the Historical Commission directives and got away with it with a small fine? (77 Lime Street)
NOW DO YOU SEE HOW ODIOUS THIS ORDINANCE IS THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE INTRODUCED TONIGHT.
COME OUT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND SPEAK AGAINST IT.
WRITE TO YOUR COUNCILORS WHO CARE MORE ABOUT THE CITIZENS THAN THE SPECIAL INTEREST TO DEFEAT THIS ONEROUS ORDINANCE SUBMISSION! (Since we don’t necessarily know whom, write to them all!)
Tomorrow night, Wednesday 7:00, City Hall.