Margaret Alfonso: 3303 Broadway is not a binary choice

Some proponents of the 3303 Broadway plan castigate those who oppose the development as “NIMBYs.” I stand in proud opposition to the current plan and I find this accusation not only simplistic but untrue.

Neighbors of 3303 Broadway and others who oppose this proposal have reasons for their opinion. There are issues of flooding danger, traffic danger, school safety, serious lack of parking, a design and density that does not conform to the neighborhood. The planning staff expressed these concerns for months on the city website and the Planning Board concurred.

As inclusive neighbors, we share the concern about lack of permanent affordable housing — for low-income and middle-income people. We ran the numbers and don’t agree that the developer’s plan offers permanence or affordability.

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