Below are the comments received by the BRA for the just-concluded comment period for the Charlesview DPIR. Many great, thoughtful letters from Allston and Brighton residents who unanimously favor a better development than what has currently been proposed.
Two of the letters are from Charlesview residents : one of them writing that "i also support the neighborhood view that harvard should be more committed as far as revitalizing the neighborhood" (page 7) and one that vigorously rejects the current proposal for many reasons (page 26).
Other Charlesview residents signed their names to postcards (probably printed and distributed by Charlesview management and/or The Community Builders) explaining that they are "excited about the chance to move to a new home". Considering that there are 550 people in 213 apartments at Charlesview (according to the 2000 Census) I am surprised that only 70 people were willing to sign these postcards (fewer than one person for every three apartments). What does it tell us about the support (or lack thereof) for Charlesview's proposal when so few of the current Charlesview residents would support it? Maybe the majority at Charlesview agree with their neighbors throughout Allston and Brighton that the plan should be significantly improved.
Charlesview DPIR Comments