Opinion: Get PLAN JP/Rox Back on Track

Editor’s Note: Author Tim Reardon is on the Board of Directors of Egleston Square Main Street and a member of the PLAN JP/Rox Advisory Group.

Since before Mayor Walsh’s inauguration, community organizations in Jamaica Plain have been asking him to create a plan to guide development and expand housing opportunities along the corridor from Jackson Square to Forest Hills. Unfortunately, after an extended 18-month process, the city is on the verge of adopting a plan that may turn out to be worse than the status quo.

The draft of the plan released in October had its shortcomings, but it represented a reasonable, rational balance of our community’s diverse views about housing and neighborhood change. Since then, city staff have been subject to intense, private lobbying by a small group of insiders and protesters intent on discouraging development. Sadly, these tactics seem to have worked. On Monday, Jan. 9, the city released an amended plan that threatens to undermine the mayor’s stated goals.

The amended plan actually reduces the amount of new housing that could be built, with some of the most significant reductions occurring adjacent to T stations and on parcels owned by public agencies and nonprofits. These changes will provide little benefit to the area’s traffic challenges, which are mostly caused by through-traffic (not by residents). Plus, lower height limits and excessive suburban-style setback requirements will discourage creative designs and make it harder for new buildings to provide engaging, lively public spaces.

Other elements of the plan make it harder to build anything at all. The new plan increases the affordability requirements for the so-called “density bonus” units (those denser than current zoning) from 20 percent (in the October plan) to 30 percent. The 20 percent figure was based on robust financial modeling that struck a balance between strong targets and the fiscal realities facing developers. The new 30 percent goal is, by the city’s own admission, based on wishful thinking about falling land prices and occupancy assumptions that will be rejected out of hand by any reasonable lender. As a result, new housing won’t get built, or it will get scaled back so far that it will only be required to provide 13.5 percent of the units as affordable.

What’s the likely result? Rather than having a plan that provides a clear and predictable framework to satisfy the growing demand for housing in the community (and providing a substantial number of affordable units in the process), we’ll have a plan that discourages all but the most expensive market-rate housing and delivers only a few dozen privately financed affordable units. Its affordable housing goal, however lofty, won’t be achieved without massive increases in public housing subsidies, a dim prospect in the Trump era. The cost of existing units will continue to skyrocket, and the neighborhood will become affordable only to those who can afford a million dollar home or qualify for an affordable unit. Instead of a plan for success, we have a recipe for failure.

How did we get here? After 18 months of work, how is it that the city is poised to adopt a plan that flies in the face of city policy, financial reality and hard evidence about how to solve our housing affordability crisis? The early stages of the process reached hundreds of residents through a variety of different formats, but participation waned when meetings were repeatedly disrupted by protests intended to discourage civil debate. Into this void stepped two groups with a shared anti-development agenda: the “Neighborhood Alliance” comprised of longtime homeowners principally concerned about height, shadows, and parking; and “Keep It 100 For Real Affordable Housing And Racial Justice,” which views new market rate housing production as the cause of higher rents. These groups adopted the language of “preserving community character” and “maintaining diversity” yet the joint objective was clear: discourage new housing and the new residents it may bring.

With no accountability (and in the case of Keep it 100, not a single public meeting), these two groups nevertheless saw fit to represent “the community’s” perspective in “negotiations” with city officials in a series of closed-door meetings that took place in city hall over the course of the last three months. What started out as an inclusive, transparent, modern process grew to resemble the shadowy dealings we hoped the city had abandoned, where narrow interests are advanced through political connections, exclusion of newcomers, and personal meetings with the mayor.

This is not what we were promised. PLAN JP/Rox was not supposed to stifle development and discourage economic growth while enriching some people fortunate enough to own property in the corridor. Fortunately, there is still time to get things back on track. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will hold another public meeting to solicit community feedback on the draft. The BPDA needs to hear that enough is enough. Unless the plan drops the damaging and counterproductive changes that have been made since October, it shouldn’t be approved.

If the fear and distrust that has been driving the recent plan changes doesn’t represent your vision for the neighborhood, please attend the meeting Jan. 18. If you believe that we can build new housing while also preventing the displacement of low-income residents, please speak up. If you believe that new activity, new stores and new jobs on Washington Street would be a net benefit to the surrounding area, please voice your opinion. And if you feel that new residents will enrich—not diminish—the special character of our community, please say so. Let’s adopt a progressive, forward-looking and realistic plan for the future of our community.

  • Lisa Marie Garver

    Question: WHy are you bashing a youth directed group of local kids? Do you not have enough power? Because, to me, it sounds like this is just a whiny rant. Op-Ed or Not, You are supposed to be a person who is open and supportive other groups. Just admit it: you want to make money. You imply that you care about affordable housing but you completely disregard people who have been asking for it. You should be ashamed for this OP-ED, and if I was living in Egleston I would definitely ask for you to be removed from your position. Btw *new* residents aren’t the problem. I came and I support the existing community and don’t demand things to change. I’ll show up if I can, but it probably won’t be to say what you want me to say.

    • Hugo_JP

      Bashing? Really?? So you believe we should let a youth directed group of local kids determine public policy?

      • Lisa Marie Garver

        I believe that youth directed groups can often be more informed, pragmatic, and innovative than many adult groups. I also believe that they deserve to have a say and that they are often categorically forgotten when meetings happen. This is especially true if they are people of color who’s parents and neighbors are too busy working to attend meetings that effect their neighborhoods.

        By “bashing” I meant what he implied. That everything is decided because this group got a “special” meeting in which they were heard– and that its somehow wrong of the govt to do so. That they couldn’t possibly know what they are talking about. That what they want is to “shut out new people” as if minorities haven’t been historically run out of their own neighborhoods time and time again in this city.

        They want a chance a the opportunity that everyone else gets in this city. They want to be considered when developers ask community groups to give input on their proposals.

        They often have to yell in order to be heard.

        I can’t even imagine how hard it would be for this group to be recognized in this way if they had been more polite and quiet about their requests.

      • David

        kids that are given scripts to read and paid to protest. real nice example to set for them. Now they will think they need to protest to get what they want. That doesn’t seem to work when you apply to college or for a job

        • Lisa Marie Garver

          This is not true. Please provide evidence before you try to release such propaganda. They work together to do research and create their documentation. If you were there tonight and you heard Danielle Willard speak, you would KNOW that it came from her heart. SHe did a fantastic job of representing Keep it 100 and I am SO GLAD that she had an opportunity to have her voice heard. No offense to BRA but I don’t think we would have heard it if there wasn’t a lot of fighting to get where we are now.

    • JP Alliance

      the youth, many of whom live outside the study area, are directed by a non-bostonian who scoops them up at the y, fills their heads with lies, and hands them signs. george lee is a hatchet man for the rich white people of jp who dont want development because it could stabilize property values. i fear you dont know enough about this subject to make the sorts of attacks you are which ironically makes you a perfect jp resident

      • Lisa Marie Garver

        its not true. I’ve met those kids and spoken with them on multiple occasions.

        • JP Alliance

          so have i. a few are from egleston, most from roxbury. outside the zoning area in question and clearly duped by george “wallace” lee into thinking that segregation is good for boston and that their families are at risk for displacement. preying on children for self-promotion and political clout is shameful under any circumstances. we empower these kids by creating a community full of social, economic, and cultural options, no of which are possible if george and the neighborhood alliance are permitted to maintain a status quo that has been displacing people for years without their concern or care.

          • Lisa Marie Garver

            Am I correct in assuming that “JP ALLIANCE” is the development company?

            If so, your opinion is biased.

            Regardless of whether its biased or not, you don’t even make any sense.

          • Lisa Marie Garver

            BTW, I’ve been following keep it 100 for over a year now and I have yet to see any one leaders names. When I see them, I see KIDS, on the street’s talking about what they want for the neighborhood. I see actions, with a diverse array of youth and adults, all of which are intelligent individuals who are capable of making their own decisions.

            I have no idea who this george wallace lee person is! SO that tells me– if he is the leader– he’s not doing it for political gain.

          • hillary clinton

            didnt george lee run a child prostitution ring out of a pizza parlor?

          • Lisa Marie Garver

            Jamaica Plain News, I’m gonna need you to moderate this comment section A LOT better. It seems everyone on here is anonymous except myself and a few others and this type of trollish remark is not rare.

          • JP Alliance

            nope, i work in jp and pay rent on a market rate apartment. id encourage you to reassess who your friends and enemies are. extortion/child-exploitation pros like george lee and the rich old property owners in the neighborhood alliance dont give a crap about people like us. yeah the developers arent angels by any means but the projects they propose are necessary to keep people like you and me from having to move every year or two. and i apologize for not being as eloquent as some of the other commenters. but we’re saying the same thing.

            keep it 100 IS GEORGE LEE. HE GETS THE DONATION MONEY. hes at every meeting quietly exploiting children and extorting developers. i call him george wallace because his ultimate dream is to segregate this neighborhood by creating only “affordable housing” and “luxury housing.” and his political tactics arent that different from those employed by segregationists in the 1950s-60s.

            im pretty sure someone who uses kids to get sit-downs with the mayor has politics in mind. believe what you want. ask around. but hes making your life crappier by co-opting legit civil rights and economic concerns. have a good one.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe53563c6061aa4e36c7e7144f57b711561ae3916db416d247e67d4006abdbcd.jpg

          • Lisa Marie Garver

            I just looked up George Lee on facebook and I have discovered that he is friends with MULTIPLE people that I respect very greatly, and that have nothing but love and positive aspirations for this community (and others like it). I’m going to friend him on Facebook now, and I think it will be rather lucrative because if he is the “mastermind” as you say, then he is giving kids a taste of what its like to fight for justice and succeed.

            As for being more eloquent than the others? Not using the word “crap” doesn’t make them more eloquent. You all have the same level of arrogance. Perhaps you should get into real estate.

            I wonder though, What exactly is market rate, to you?

            Also, BTW, I know for a fact that at least one person in that photo is from VIDA URBANA/CITY LIFE which is a very legit NPO that directly supports the people in Egleston and would never collaborate with an oranization tht “exploits children” You should be careful with your accusations, because you have 0 proof. You’ve got a picture of a guy holding a poster.

          • David

            Vida Urbana/city life is a legit fraud that completely exploits children and the people they represent. They are one of the biggest problems that JP has.
            Im sure you are one of them so that is why you disagree.

    • Eric Herot

      Lisa, I sympathize (strongly!) with the intentions of these kids, but the policy that they’re asking for, far from stopping displacement, will actually speed it up, because it will prevent anything (affordable or otherwise) from being built. If preventing market rate development were an effective policy for holding down rents, San Francisco would be the most affordable city in the country. And much like San Francisco, Boston’s economy is booming, which means that people are trying to move here in record numbers. When you don’t build housing for those people, they don’t just stay away; they bid up the prices of the older, crummier triple deckers that many of JP’s poorer residents are living in today.

    • Robert Ellis

      Lisa, if you lived in Egleston, you would understand it already has ample affordable housing. The NIMBYists claim the average annual income in the JP/Rox study area is something like $24,000, so the prices can’t be that high.

      • Lisa Marie Garver

        I actually did live pretty much in egleston a year ago. Very near. The street was mixed in class and race/ethnicity. My landlord raise the rent by 3 times. I was forced to leave. They don’t take the annual income from the exact area. If you have read previous articles on this very news source you would know that the Numbers they are quoting as “affordable” are 63k and at best 33K. I work at a retail chain for 2 years and only just now got up to 11/hr becuse of a state law. I have no children and I struggle. Most of my coworkers live far outside of the city. BTW I have also lived in jackson square and now I live on green street. Bouncing around to find affordability and peace is what my life is like. Thats fine for me, as I said, I have no kids. I don’t like thinking about what it’s like for kids and their parents who might have to do this.

        The person who wrote this OP-ED is telling you. THERE IS LESS AND LESS affordable housing everyday. But instead of pointing fingers at the real culprit he wants to blame “protestors” and say “they got a private meeting” when I’m sure he’s had plenty of private meetings as a leader of commerce in this area. I hold him to a higher standard than the average person because he’s not just representing commerce– hes representing me as a white person who lives and works in this area.

        • Eric Herot

          I think you are misunderstanding Tim’s role in this. He is representing himself and ESMS here, and so he has (understandably) chosen not to advertise what he does for a living, but you should know that in addition to being a neighbor and a homeowner in the Egleston Square area, he also works professionally as a researcher for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a non-profit think tank that does a lot of good work around MA, including the promotion of sustainable land use and affordable transportation (http://www.mapc.org/about-0). When progressive politicians want to learn more about how to address issues like displacement and gentrification, they go to people like Tim.

          The sad truth here is that the blame for our current situation falls squarely on ourselves. Market rents aren’t decided by a bunch of fat cat developers in a boardroom, they’re decided when two perspective tenants who both want to live in the same apartment and one of them is able to pay more. The only way to address this is to build more so that there are more apartments than renters. Any other approach is just going to result in insanely high rents and waiting lists.

          • Lisa Marie Garver

            They should probably not go to him based on this letter. He seems to be very out of touch, considering what he is implying about the protestors with all of his quotes. It happens all the time that well-meaning non-profits do research and get caught up in their own heads. They completely ignore qualitative data because they believe they are superior to the people they are actually serving. Maybe I’m getting Tim wrong and he’s just having a bad day.

            But considering that this is an OP-ED and not an official ESMS statement, he’s not speaking for that group. If you go look at the ESMS websites description of events you will find that they are happy about the progress and looking forward to publishing the study.

        • Hhss

          > I hold him to a higher standard than the average person because he’s not just representing commerce– hes representing me as a white person who lives and works in this area.

          What relevance does the color of his skin have to this discussion?

          • Lisa Marie Garver

            Wow, it has everything to do with it! Historically, white people are the perpetraitors of gentirification by and large. In this neighborhood AND Egleston (we are right near there) I am a minority. When we talk about bringing in more housing that suits the middle and upper-middles and bringing in more upscale bars, we are mostly talking about white people. Granted, yes, there are wealthy people of color in this neighborhood and also Roxbury, but first they are the minority. ANd second, many of them are doing work to uplift the people already living in this community. What he says and does– specifically who he ostracizes and belittles, as a white man in power, effects me as another white person.

            not to mention, with this new information that he actually works on a non-profit for “smart” development.

            White people are not all the same, but all white people have the ability and the propsensity to tap into our collective access to white supremacists systems at any time. When a white person, espcially presumably a community worker (although clearly he is on the side of developers), speaks like this, against local organizations comprised mostly of people of color– he’s doing so out of privilege.

            I am willing to bet that Tim knows someone who works on this paper. I am willing to bet even further that Tim feels that by posting this Op-Ed people will pay attention to what he is saying. He has found supporters already and will most likely find more– he has called for them to come to the meeting and show their support for his point of view. I’d be further willing to bet that *most* of those people are wealthy, white, or both. Put it all in on the fact that most of the supporters are involved in real estate or development.

            It happens that people of color moving to white neighborhoods have been harrassed and run out.

            It happens that people with lower income who have somehow managed to afford a house in a middle class/mostly white neighborhood that they will be chastised about how they keep their yard, who comes into their house, and what they might build–etc.

            So when companies/people who are wealthy, and specifically white and wealthy force “development” in this way, by targeting minority communities (that were probably forced to move here in the first place) in order to keep costs low and make a higher profit (knowing that being near JP is lucrative).

            What they don’t know, is that what makes JP special is not the “safety”. Nowhere is “safe”. including JP.

            What makes it a desirable place to live is its atmosphere, created by a community of minority families, artists, and activists.

            This community (JP) has a history of being inclusive and diverse– or that is,, it has been going that way for many years.

            What white people do in this community effects all other white people. Harsh but true.

  • Hugo_JP

    Amen and well-said!
    Sad that the City seems to have caved to the NIMBYs and 100 percenters.

  • Great article Tim! Washington Street Corridor development is desperately overdue. No time for delay and no time for plans that don’t support more housing.

  • Robert Ellis

    I’m shocked that the JP News even printed this. As others have stated, the “youth group” is stage-managed by adults who serve the interests of plain old NIMBYists. If new housing is not created, people will simply be “displaced” from existing housing that is turned piecemeal into condos. That’s the alternative to creating new supply. The invisible hand of the market will give the people what they want. And if I may be so bold, the JP/Rox area needs a serious upgrade.

  • Luis Cotto

    ESMS Hat/On (John Travolta) – Anyone who is interested on Egleston Square Main Streets comments to the BRA/BPDA on Plan JPRox, feel free to jump over here (http://eglestonsquare.org/documents/ )

    ESMS Hat/Off (Nicolas Cage) – Mi gente, we can disagree without being disagreeable. Name calling of stakeholders in anyside of this octohedron-ish issue is counter productive. We can talk about ones own “this is what I think will happen” without attaching disparaging rationale on someone else’s “this is what I think will happen” just because the two don’t agree.

    ~fin~

  • MariaC

    Has anyone followed up on the Shih Tzu?

  • Vlad

    Thanks very much for the well written article, Tim. Agree on all counts.

    Real estate development is not a limitless pool of money. You can’t just keep extorting more and more costs out of these projects and expect them to happen.

    Eventually, they’ll pull up stakes and decide to bring the investment and improvements to other neighborhoods that don’t come with such unreasonable expectations. 20% affordable already was a serious deterrent, 30% is an absolute killer of all development.

    For groups like “the Alliance” or “Keep it 100%” that’s exactly what they want. No development to happen in the name of “preserving neighborhood character.”

    For those of us like myself who want all the benefits that come from investing in this neighborhood, such as more affordable housing, more local businesses, and more neighbors, we need to support good development. We can’t afford to let these questionable groups block development with double speak and imported protesters.

  • Robert Ellis

    Lisa,

    Various state and federal laws prohibit banning “white people” or “wealthy people” from living in a neighborhood. Therefore, if those people, who you are free to dislike, want to live in JP, they will either live in new construction or old construction (where they will have to replace others). Your choice.

    • David

      Lisa is clearly racist or reverse racist.
      She also seems to be jealous of people that make money.
      Everyone has the right to live any where they desire but no one has the right to live anywhere they want if they can’t or aren’t willing to pay the rent or buy a home for what it costs in the area.
      There are plenty of other places to live.
      Lisa wants to “uplift” people by telling them they are entitled to live where they want to live and protest if that is what it takes to get it?
      Does Lisa know that at one point in time minorities gentrified Egleston sq? Who cares if “white” people want to move in to an area? What negatives does that come with? What impact would that have on the local economy, crime, community etc?
      Some of these comments are amusing. My guess is some of the local community organizer players are behind this.

      • Lisa Marie Garver

        Wow. Just wow. I don’t eve know what to say here. I guess because I know that there are so many wonderful culturally aware people in Jamaica Plain and that it is one of the few places in Boston where they is a larger portion of minorities with still a decent amount of white people that people understand what systematic racism and how it plays into housing and urban development issues.

        VIda Urbana does no such thing as exploitation. This could not be further from the truth. For you to say so, with only your first name, is cowardice. I dare you to say this in public and I urge you to find proof of your claims.

        There have been many developments here in JP in the past 18 years– one might ask– what are these developers doing that others are not?

        Furthermore, the study and inquiring doesn’t halt development. If they go somewhere else, people will still want to live here because JP is beautifully diverse with open and intersting and pleasant people and events.

        This part of Boston is SPECIAL. I have lived in Allston, Backbay, Cambridge, Dorchester, Somerville, Roslindale (altho rozzie is a close 2nd to JP) and I have never felt more at home and/or welcome by such an array of people from different economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

        Yes, we do need housing in this city, but we mostly need housing for low income people and they need respectable housing so that they/we can do the jobs that everyone else needs us to do. But guess what? Boston has a huge homeless population. It takes 5 years or more to get even considered for subsidized housing because there are so many low income people living in Boston.

        And guess what? you don’t care about us/them. And thats fine, but I do. Vida Urbana does. Keep it 100 does. George Lee does. YOu can try and make us a villain but guess what? If you can afford an apt for an income over 33k a year or 63k a year, then there are SO MANY PLACES that you can live in Boston!! so many.

        All over our country places like JP are squeezed of the low-income artists and minority families and therefore their arts and culture. We breath life into this area. We fight for trees. We ARE the Wake-Up -THe Earth Festival.

        And all the people want is for this to be considered and for people who don’t always have the time, the connections, or the ability to attend planning meetings, it helps that the Vida Urbana’s and The George Lee’s are around to help our voices be heard.

        You probably aren’t reading this, but they don’t do it “for kicks” Its not easy to organize like this and very often people get paid very little if at all to do this work. You may think they are malicious because that is the world that you come from. But try, just for a minute, to imagine that it’s possible that there are people in this world who fight for these causes and give youth the tools and the knowledge to SPEAK THEIR MINDS— because they care about them.

        But anyway, I’ve said enough here. I will wait for the impending response as I have notified many of the partis mentioned. I hope you accept my challenge to say these things with your full name instead of hiding under anonymity and put some sort of evidence to your claims against me or anyone that I’ve mentioned here.

        Thank you and good night.

      • Lisa Marie Garver

        David, again. 1 back up your statements with evidence.

        2. If “reverse racist” means that I love, cherish, and support black and brown people as weill as thei fight for equality then yes, guilty as charged. I will say that loud and proud until the day I die.

    • Lisa Marie Garver

      I know this! BTW I am white! and I work very hard for my money. I have a bachelors degree and I have had many small successes even though I am from a small town, raise by a single mother, and I am the first person to graduate college in my family.

      I know that what you are saying is true. And yet, white people wealthy or not, find themselves able to do it to all non-white people. This is called privilege. This is systematic oppression. White people can and will move into any neighborhood they want, disregard anyone living there and assume that they can do it better. Most often because they have the funds and the connections to make things happen as far as permits and construction. Most white people esp wealthy white people have access, not only to education but also to other wealthy people including people in local and federal positions.

      The government “listens” to these organizations because they often have the weight of evidence and argumentation along with a very very long history of racial segregation in this city.

      I know that “not all” white people and “not all” wealthy people are overtly racist. I know more than a handful of actively anti-racist wealthy people, actually. They are so humble and fight to connect with their community and support their neighbors rather than erase them in pursuit of “business”.

      Check out http://www.portcafe.org/history.html

      I’m not against white people living in JP– again, I”M WHITE. I”m against major developments that only cater to wealthy white people, specifically wealthy white college grads who don’t know and don’t care about Jamaica Plain and the cultural relevance and beauty of its neighborhoods.

      I feel that it’s my duty to speak positive things about these orgs and my neighbors who want to see development for the people who already stay here and that for new people to bring flavor and life that is not oppressive. It’s not that much to ask, but apparently it’s taxing on developers. Thats fine. We just need more creative devlopers in JP. Lets call for them. I will be there on wednesday. and again thats my final final final. but I want to speak to you personall since you made the original comment here.

      THanks for reading

      LMG

  • Susan Pranger

    The issues of development, housing and affordability are complex. As such I respect Tim’s right to have a different opinion about the impact of more than doubling the population of the JP/Rox area, but I do want to correct, or at least offer an alternative viewpoint, to several of his statements.
    First, he indicates that the “city has been subject to intense private lobbying by a small group of insiders and protesters”. The efforts of the Alliance is actually the joint effort of a coalition of 10 neighborhood associations, the JP Jobs Coalition and Keep it 100. Some of these organizations are new, but many have advocated for their communities for decades.
    About 20 individuals who represent and report to these groups, have worked to advocate for refinements to the plan: appropriate transitions from 6 story buildings to 1 to 3 story homes, increased affordability, specific policies for stabilization – to prevent displacement of existing residents and businesses, jobs policies to help residents afford new housing. These efforts were not secret. They were discussed in ESMS meeting, in the Advisory group meetings, and reported in the JP Gazette on more than one occasion. The resulting changes have been relatively small, but nonetheless important. The majority of the Alliance meetings have been about expanding the discussion on affordability, stabilization and jobs – issues that will not be addressed by the future zoning changes, but are critical to the success of the Plan.
    To say that the plan reduces the amount of housing being built is misleading. The city has clarified that the reported reduction of 900 units occurred over the course of the entire planning process, and compares the latest numbers to their initial rough estimate based on block buildings with no parking and no setbacks. The recent changes advocated by the Alliance, to prevent 6 story building next to 3 story, and to increase affordability, resulted in a reduction of less than 200 units while the proposed scenarios still estimate that the population will be more than doubled. The alliance does not oppose development or density. They only ask that the new development not overpower existing homes.
    The “suburban style setbacks” of 20 foot rear yards exist currently throughout Jamaica Plain, and have been in all of the draft plans, with the exception of the September plan, when it was reduced, without discussion, to 10’. The Alliance successfully lobbied to reinstate the 20 feet wherever new construction directly abuts 1, 2 and 3 family homes.
    The “robust model” is just that – a model – which Alliance members have studied in detail and worked extensively with the BPDA and DNS to more aggressively capture the value of the proposed changes in height and density. The new percentages are backed up by this same model.
    It discredits both the community and the city to attribute the proposed improvements to “fear and distrust” however I agree with Tim that you should attend the meeting. I encourage you to go on line an actually read the plan first. The devil is in the details, and not in gross generalizations.

    • David

      Ive lived in JP 18 years and have watched these groups obstruct developments any chance they get. Letting these groups dictate development has never worked because all you get is less,less,less and prices go up more,more,more.
      These folks have zero understanding of business and how development works. They just like to hold the city hostage any chance they get because they get a kick out of it and for some reason the city actually responds to their nonsense and reacts. Meanwhile prices keep going up and young people cannot afford to buy a home or fulfill their goal of home ownership. Its funny that all these progressives that bought in decades ago for peanuts have now built some wealth in their homes and now think they have the power to block other young new comers from doing the same. Completely Hippocratic.

      • Lisa Marie Garver

        BTW I think you mean hypocritical. 😉 I am a young person and I don’t understand why making units affordable stops young people from buying homes? We are talking about developers looking to make a profit– as much as possible. Not mom and pop shops setting up.

  • David Ofsevit

    What time is the meeting on Jan 18? I assume it’s at the BPDA office at City Hall.

    • Susan pranger

      The meeting is feb 18 at Anna M Cole center, 10 Lamartine street extension, Millred C Hailey apts. 5:30 open house, 6 pm presentation. The entrance faces the southwest corridor.

      • Susan pranger

        Sorry, January 18, wed

  • Marty

    I’ll paraphrase President Obama here: Stop arguing with strangers on the internet and get involved so you can talk to people face to face and effect the change that you want to see.