They are ruining my city.
I have lived in Boston area my whole life.
Was born at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton and grew up in a suburb called Framingham (about 20 minutes outside the city). Both my parents grew up in Allston and Brighton an would tell me stories of drinking beers at the Stockyard or how the Silhouette used to be a Go Go Dancing club. They would talk about getting Italian and the North End, or about how wild the Red Light district in Chinatown was. The city felt like an adventure. As soon as I was old enough to leave the nest I moved into the city. I wanted to experience this place that my parents loved so much. I did. I moved into an apartment in Allston with a bunch of artists and we had the time of our lives exploring the city and meeting it’s amazing people.
Boston is an amazing place. It is loaded with over 127 colleges and it’s the national center for medical research. Because the city is full of so many young people it always feels fresh and new. Outlooks are constantly changing with each new generation. One of my favorite things about the city is that on any given night you can sit at a bar next to a high paid businessman and a bus driver and have an amazing conversation.
Lately things are changing. The real-estate market is out of control. Our city is being infested with high-priced condo units. Homeowners/renters have been raising the prices on apartments and to prices that require a huge salary to afford.
“Nobody has figured out how to build housing the middle class can afford,” Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern University professor who studies the region’s housing market, told the Globe. “We’ve got to come up with some new answers.”
The blue-collar workforce is being pushed out of the city, and all of the underground artist communities are being squashed. Boston is becoming the land of the rich yuppie — the students with overpriced apartments paid for by their parents. It’s hard to not feel like heavily paid city officials are looming over the city, which I love, with a giant fire hose and just washing out the underpaid.
They are washing away the character that I love and replacing it with one giant open-air mall.
Here is a perfect example: http://boston.curbed.com/2016/8/11/12426800/dorchester-south-bay-project
“South Carolina-based shopping-center operator and developer, officially broke ground Wednesday on the 11-acre development of a site adjacent to its South Bay plaza in Dorchester. Mayor Marty Walsh was the guest of honor.”
This article makes me sick. Let’s put in another one of the giant Tupper ware stacks for the wealthy. Then stick on top of some more corporate chains. It reminds me of the Fenway area. They closed down all the art galleries, old pool halls, and underground bars and transformed it into a giant food court, crammed between condo units. These places rent out for at least $2800 per month for a 1 bedroom!
Who the fuck can afford that? What are you contributing to the city? Another one of those Marky Walburgers? Oh, a parking lot for food trucks? How about another local business? How about an art gallery? Maybe offer affordable housing to artists? Give a tax break to homeowners that rent at affordable rates to musicians or filmmakers. Inspire the young talented people who graduate from these schools to stay and make this city an awesome place to live in.
Ever see the movie HIGH-RISE? Every time I see one of this condo units I think of this nightmare.
Back to the article.
“475 studio, 1-BR, 2-BR, and 3-BR apartments, including 62 more affordable “workforce” housing units. Tenants will have access to amenities such as a roof deck, a pool, and a gym.”
I love the description “workforce” housing units. They mean folks that make about 50k a year. They mean middle class. The only reason they have those is because of a mandate in the city. They provide the minimum requirement so that the people who serve them, clean their apartments, have a place to stay. Meanwhile, the real people — the folks who build the subculture — that continue traditions — that really care about the city are being pushed out further and further.
Boston is my home. Boston is my city. Anyone is welcome to live here, just stop fucking with it. Respect the place you move to.
I’ve come to understand that we have a housing crisis, and more living spaces are needed, but let’s come to terms with the real greed problem we all have in this city.
Read about more of these fucking wealthy developers just ruining our city:
The city has signed off on the nearly five-acre Washington Village plan in South Boston's Andrew Square. The project,…boston.curbed.com
UPDATE: I never expected such a big response to this. There are a lot of people who agree and disagree. The conversation continues in the comments where many new points are addressed and I expand a bit on my view point.