Little Sprouts, a Massachusetts-based operator of educationally-oriented centers for young children, has signed on as the first tenant of the re-born Presentation School in Oak Square. Tom O'Brien, president of the Presentation School Foundation comments in this story that "Allston-Brighton is facing the question of how to convince young families to become rooted here" and that PSF's partnership with Little Sprouts, WGBH, and Wheelock College will bring nationally recognized programs for children to Brighton.
But you can't attract families to A/B without housing well-suited for them. In Andreae Downs 's other story in today's Globe "As condos squeeze in, space is not all that's lost" the City employee interviewed seems rather nonchalant about the dismantling of family-friendly housing.
Derric Small, principal administrative assistant to Boston's Board of Appeal, understands that neighbors might be starting to feel squeezed as larger yards disappear around multifamily homes."They shouldn't feel alone," Small said of Allston and Brighton neighbors. "It's happening all over the city."In this 2005 interview the Mayor expressed alarm at the the declining enrollment in Boston's public schools, which have lost 10% of its enrollment in the last 5 years and will probably close multiple schools in the next few years because of this enrollment trend.
This is clearly a situation where, as it is written in Galatians 6:7, we will reap what we sow. As Boston allows developers to maximize the number of new housing units while ignoring existing zoning laws, Allston and Brighton have fewer and fewer homes attractive to parents raising young children. If Boston really is concerned about dwindling enrollment in its schools, it would make sense to take a hard look at its housing and zoning priorities.