"Getting neighbor’s voices heard. On first glance, the formation of yet another organized group of neighbors who are frustrated by institutional expansion in Allston and Brighton seems excessive. So many have popped up over the past year.
The Allston-Brighton North Neighbors Forum, however, seems different.
At a recent Harvard-Allston meeting neighbors expressed frustration at not being able to talk during meetings, and were advised by Gerald Autler of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to take their concerns to task force members who would, in turn, bring them to Harvard and the city. The ABNNF is a logical response to that. As task force member Brent Whalen put it, the group is a great forum for neighbors to talk, organize their concerns and ideas and then pass them on to the task force. It’s unclear if the group will get the community benefits it’s asking for from Harvard but the group is a good mechanism for neighbors to get their voices heard."