What is a Really Really Free Market? It's just like it sounds, a market that is really, really free. People bring stuff (like books, cloths, food,toys, music, crafts, skills, art, etc, but no furniture please), and people take stuff. No money involved, everything is free. There will also be frisbees, football sand other things to play games with.
Until the market fundamentals change or much stronger laws are passed, I see little chance of the status quo changing. It will be interesting to see if there is any noticeable change in Allston next fall, when BU is able to house 960 more of its students on-campus in its Student Village Phase II dormitory.
It is ironic that I saw this Globe article just after reading the section of the BRA's Scoping Determination for Harvard's Master Plan that emphasizes permeability and that Harvard's campus should be "a welcoming relationship for non-Harvard members of the Allston community and for visitors."
Black students, faculty hope Harvard police review sparks wider dialogue on race - The Boston Globe
"You look back at some nights and you could say it happened at the University of Florida or you could say it happened at Harvard Business School, " said a second-year HBS student told Boston Magazine . A recent grad described the scence as "a lot of these people are 26, 27, have half a million dollars in the bank, and are completely burned out from all the 90-hour workweeks. They really just want to have a good time."
This should give pause to residents and City officials considering Harvard's expansion plans that will bring HBS and other student housing closer to North Allston's residential neighborhoods. Harvard's Master Plan draft proposes 500,000 square feet for Harvard Business School academic and housing uses, 350,000 square feet of graduate student housing (590 beds), and 800,000 square feet of undergraduate housing. But Harvard proposes not a single unit of housing for non-student adults who teach or work at Harvard and might become more permanent members of the community.
Allston/Brighton is already dominated by residents in their 20's, who make up 45% of our population (compared with 23% for the entire city of Boston). As with other demographic segments like renter/owner, it is a question of finding a good balance and anticipating how changes will affect (positively and negatively) different groups of people.
The last day to register to vote in the September 16 State Primary is tomorrow. All voter registration forms must be postmarked by August 27th.
Registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary. Registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary. Registered voters who are not enrolled in a party may vote in either primary.
You can register to vote by filling out, printing, signing, and mailing in a form available at www.massvote.org. Just click on register.
Allston/Brighton voters will find most or all local incumbents running unopposed for re-election, but go ahead and register anyway. It doesn't anything (beyond the cost of the stamp) and is an important part of our citizenship. With more people registered and more interested voters, more candidates may follow.
I was always impressed by how high it was able to climb and thought it looked nice. This photo from Google Street View shows how it used to look.
Americans Pop Tattoo Company, 195 Gardner Street - Change the legal occupancy from two hundred and twelve apartments, garage, dry cleaners, retail store, pizza/deli restaurant to two hundred and thirteen apartments, garage, pizza/deli restaurant and tattoo parlor.
Liquor license transfer from El Cafetal Restaurant, 479 Cambridge Street to Taqueria El Carrizal, 254 Brighton Ave
427 Faneuil Street has applied for a Seven-Day Common Victualler License
More info at http://www.cityofboston.gov/ons/pdfs/allstonbright.pdf
Suspected copper crook arrested - Allston/Brighton TAB
In 1836, Abel Rice, a cousin of Edmund Rice, and a former Brighton Center schoolmaster, purchased eight acres of land near the intersection of Everett and Holton Streets. Here the farmer/ schoolmaster constructed a Greek revival-style residence, with an ell for schoolrooms, a structure which still stands at 205 Everett Street. Rice devoted his North Allston acreage to the cultivation of strawberries. He is said to have introduced the very first strawberries to the Boston market.
This month's meeting is Wednesday Aug 20th 6:30P.M. at the Honan Library
- Harvard University - relocation of the firefighter training facility to Holton St. & night football game in September
- Taqueria Carpizal - 254 Brighton Ave. - Transfer of B & W license from local restaurant.
- Blanchards Liquors - 103 Harvard Ave. - Expansion of premises
- David Tayeh - 1217A Comm Ave - Smoking Bar proposal
Allston: From lamentable to lovable - The Boston Globe
A toxic chemical was inadvertently released into the air during a Harvard construction project earlier this month, prompting Allston residents at a special meeting called by the University Monday night to express concern over future health risks as construction continues.
Styrene leak sets off outrage at contractor, Harvard
City officials, neighbors and local legislators were outraged when a contractor hired by Harvard University exposed Allston residents to a chemical causing negative health effects.
The concept of unintended consequences applies to any new housing being proposed, such as the several hundred units of student housing proposed by Harvard near the Windom Street neighborhood. We should think about not only the people who will live in the new housing but also how the new housing will affect the existing community. Especially when there will be significant differences between the new and existing residences. Whether these differences are age (student housing) or economic (Charlesview) they should be considered carefully and be informed by precedents elsewhere.
There are also plenty of examples of housing voucher programs and people with these vouchers that have been successful. Just like there are low-income housing projects that thrive and others that resemble a scene from the TV show "The Wire". Why do some succeed while others fail? Or, more fundamentally, how should "success" be defined?
This is about more than the current residents of Charlesview, many of whom will not live there in 5, 10, or 20 years. It is about how we design, build, maintain, and sustain our society for our collective benefit.
As Program Moves Poor to Suburbs, Tensions Follow - The New York Times
American Murder Mystery - The Atlantic
Natomas crime wave raises question about low-income housing - The Sacramento Bee
Book Review - 'Traffic,' by Tom Vanderbilt - Review - NYTimes.com
...People are driving to do things they once did at home or down the block. “It is not just that American households have more cars,” he writes, “it is that they are finding new places to take them.” They’re going someplace to eat. They’re driving to Whole Foods because they don’t like the produce at their neighborhood supermarket. They’re going out to get coffee.
Traffic does not yield to simple, appealing solutions. Adding lanes or roads is a short-lived fix. Widen one highway, and drivers from another will defect. Soon that road is worse than it was before. The most effective, least popular solution — aside from the currently effective, unpopular solution of $5-a-gallon gasoline — is congestion pricing: charging extra to use roads during rush hours
More info is available at the ABNNF Google Group.
Neighbors spruce up Everett Street with greenery - Allston/Brighton TAB
Overwhelming evidence has shown that a real, integrated development, with people of diverse incomes living side-by-side, is best for the people living in the development and the people living around it.
"Mixed-Income Housing: Myth and Fact" published by the Urban Land Institute, tells us that:
"Mixed-income housing has been recognized as a means to leverage market forces to provide a secure, high-quality, well-maintained living environment while increasing affordable housing options for lower- and moderate-income households. As a result, mixing incomes has become a popular way to supply affordable housing options, increase absorption in large planned developments, revitalize urban neighborhoods, and decrease the concentration of poverty in publicly assisted housing. When located close to job centers and services, mixed-income housing provides more than just another housing product—it also activates smart growth principles by reducing travel times and congestion."Mixed-Income Housing Developments: Promise and Reality, published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, recognizes that "mixed-income housing is not a silver bullet" but also concludes that
In the face of strong evidence like this, it is hard to understand why Charlesview and Harvard favor an economically-segregated development.
"History has shown that concentrating large numbers of very poor households in one area is a destructive policy that is to be avoided at all costs."
Charlesview, the City, and Harvard need to hear from the Allston and Brighton community that we understand the benefits and importance of an inclusive, integrated development and the benefits of mixed-income development.
Please write to the Editor of the TAB at firstname.lastname@example.org to support a mixed-income Charlesview.
Charlesview plans should promote economic diversity in housing - Allston/Brighton TAB
- Our framework for the Charlesview relocation--we have presented our ideas to the BRA, and now we need to strategize how to build support for them.
- Community Needs Assessment survey: Harvard's consultant group, Copernicus, is almost ready to launch this extensive survey of Allston/Brighton residents and their needs in the areas of education, healthcare, housing, open space/public realm, and transportation. Results of this survey will weigh heavily on the "master plan for community benefits" associated with Harvard's campus master plan, and it would be useful for us to reach some consensus on how to respond to it.
This pool might have been quite nice before the Pike was built, and it is too bad that the mitigation for the Pike's construction (if there was any) didn't include relocating the pool to somewhere else. In its current location, you can just about feel the car and truck exhaust wafting down the hill from the Pike to the pool. Getting there by bike or foot is just about impossible. And the building doesn't seem to have been renovated since its construction (probably in the 1930s or 40s based on its architecture and condition).
The existing pool and building doesn't use that much land - at 100x300 feet it is less than 3/4 of an acre. Even still, I don't expect a new pool, useful for only 3 months of the year, to be at the top of anyone's list during the Community-Wide Planning of A/B North or any other planning exercise. But it also can't be that expensive to dig a hole and build a small, one-story bath house. While a swimmable Charles River may still be years away, a new, clean, attractive pool accessible by car, foot, and bicycle is worth considering.
Discovering the Cool Pleasure of New York City Pools - NYTimes.com
Neighbors lose the chain-link and reconnect the community - The Boston Globe
We've made many improvements to the Lincoln Street Green Strip this summer (and more are still to come). Removing and lowering the old chain link fence was one of the simplest things and one that I think has make a very positive difference.