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Blog Supports Affordable Housing Project in Union Square

If opponents of the project are "against affordable housing no matter what, they should simply admit they don’t want poor people in the neighborhood," writes Max Chalkin in Boston.com's "Next Generation Blog."

A blog post on Boston.com titled, "Not in my backyard? Affordable housing proposal ignites debate in Union Square," speaks in favor of an .

When the , which is proposing the 40-unit affordable housing development, made a presentation in March, it led to a wider debate about housing, class and change in Somerville (see articles below).

In the Boston.com post, Max Chalkin, a recent graduate, writes that the Somerville Community Corportation "makes a clear, convincing case for the need for affordable housing in Somerville."

Chalkin questions arguments made by Union Square Rising, a group formed by neighbors who oppose the project and writes, "if … USR is against affordable housing no matter what, they should simply admit they don’t want poor people in the neighborhood. At least then, even if the fight intensifies, it will be clear to the public what this debate is really about."

Thoughts?

More about the Union Square proposal and subsequent debate

Matt C April 30, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I think this topic was discussed a few week back in detail. There are still many views and multiple sides to the issue. I don't think anyone wants to see a "flame" war. The crux of the issue is that Somerville needs to decide what it wants to be when it grows up. There are many paths, and since we live and vote here, we get to decide.

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