Suffolk Downs Redevelopment: What do you think?

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If you live in the Greater Boston area, you will likely see the impacts of Suffolk Downs redevelopment, a 161-acre development with 10,000 units. After several comment period extensions, today is the last day to comment on this development. The official comment channel is the only consequential way to go on record. If you have any thoughts at all, record them today. Be as informal and quick as you need to be. (You’re a resident, not an established organization with spell-check secretaries :)) Some thoughts that may help you:

Positive Impacts

โžกMore housing, to accommodate the increasing population of the city

โžกMore property tax for the city

โžกMore income tax for the state

โžกMore construction jobs during the 20-year build period

โžกWalk/Bike connection from SD to constitution beach

โžกAn indoor site for Early Education to be programmed by East Boston Social Centers

Negative Impacts

โžก Not nearly enough affordable housing, at a time when the region is going through a displacement crisis due to rising real estate prices

โžก Huge impact on transportation, given that the roads are already clogged (Boston has the worst peak hour traffic in the country) and the train system is overloaded during peak hours

โžก Will make climate change worse: There’s no district-energy or clean-energy solutions; nothing except the promise of a demo passive solar house; falls far short of what we are called to do transform our energy economy given the impacts of climate change; It is not the zero-carbon development that the city needs; it instead strains the city’s carbon budget

โžก Will kill the wonderful Belle Isle Marsh (and all the bird, amphibian, fish, and plant life that depend on it) by blocking its migration (The marsh will attempt to migrate landward due to the now certain sea level rise)

Opportunities (What we should and can have, but not offered by the development)

โžก A small business incubation center
โžก Green jobs! (Solar, wind, ground-source heat pump, tidal energy dams)
โžก Emergency shelter for the surrounding neighborhoods and towns
โžก Priority housing for those in the neighborhood who will be climate-displaced
โžก Microunits and other alternate forms of housing to reduce energy consumption
โžก Food-growing spaces
โžก School that teaches eco-education (including urban agriculture) and vocational skills

Let’s build for the future!

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