Letter in my town paper, Re: Kelo


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BostonGeorge
July 1, 2005, 12:08 AM
This showed up in my town paper today, apparently he feels we need economic development in our upper middle class Boston suburb. :banghead: :fire:

link (http://www.townonline.com/needham/opinion/view.bg?articleid=276633)


Letter: Clean up eyesores
Thursday, June 30, 2005

It's welcome news that plans are afoot to develop the vacant/unused properties near the Junction and at 1166 Great Plain Ave., but something also ought to be done about two other former gas stations, one farther west on Great Plain, between the center and Marked Tree Road, and the other across from the Shell station on Highland Avenue.

The Great Plain property has been unused for its zoned purpose for decades. Both of these eyesores are located on the town's two main thoroughfares and detract from Needham's appearance and indirectly lower property values for abutters.

Other municipalities - New London, Conn., is one - have used a process of eminent domain to condemn commercial and sometimes even residential properties, justifying their action with the rationale that by redeveloping the sites, a higher commercial and civic purpose may be achieved.

Perhaps the town should examine its options along those lines and attempt first to encourage and, if that fails, to compel transfer or development of these two parcels and various others around town.

Returning such properties to active use plus rehabilitation of crumbling infrastructure (lower Chestnut Street comes to mind) would contribute to a perception of Needham as a growing town with a vital commercial center.

Seth Lewin

Standish Road

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Henry Bowman
July 1, 2005, 09:39 AM
Many people confuse "condemn" and "eminent domain." Many people don't realize that to gain ownership of the private property, the municipality must first shell out "just compensation" out of city (tax) funds. This fools thinks that since he sees no value in the property, the city can just "condemn" (i.e., confiscate) it and have it for free. This is a socialist, statist perspective.

MechAg94
July 1, 2005, 10:32 AM
would contribute to a perception of Needham as a growing town with a vital commercial center.

And it is great the he would be doing this for such a high and noble purpose as changing perceptions. :rolleyes:

BostonGeorge
July 1, 2005, 11:42 AM
I especially like the claim of "crumbling infrastucture" in this town with median home prices nearing $600K.

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