The View From Prospect Hill – May 15

On May 15, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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What Davis Square needs is a good boutique style hotel with plenty of parking and no restaurant to compete with those already in the area. Agreed? Well, almost.

The fact is, there are a lot of variables being discussed and examined in consideration of the five or so major offers that city officials and concerned citizens have had placed before them.

The task at hand is to effectively balance the best interests of the city and its residents against the commercial interests of those who would bring this development to Davis.

At present, the people of Somerville have a unique opportunity to have their concerns and ideas considered by city planners and administrators, allowing them to become an important part of the planning process.

Let’s everyone do our parts to make certain that the best possible choices are made in the days and weeks to come. Let us see to it that all of the important factors that will make up a plan to go forward are addressed and defined satisfactorily.

What style of hotel do we want in Davis Square? How will parking in the square be affected? What will become of the popular farmers market that will become displaced by the proposed hotel? These and many other important questions need to be asked and answered.

It may not be possible to please everyone, as it never really is. But with careful planning and input from as many interested parties as can be gathered we can maximize overall satisfaction with our choices. We can’t ask more than that.

 

1 Response » to “The View From Prospect Hill – May 15”

  1. Bostom says:

    Agreed? Not at all – your own poll shows a majority who responded are opposed to it. You tip your hand in the last paragraph: “with careful planning and input from as many interested parties as can be gathered we can maximize overall satisfaction with OUR choices.” The emphasis is mine. The choices certainly aren’t mine.

    Shouldn’t the question put to the public be more like, “Do we want a hotel (or an office building, or elderly housing, or luxury housing, or whatever) in Davis Square?”

    And: “At present, the people of Somerville have a unique opportunity to have their concerns and ideas considered by city planners and administrators, allowing them to become an important part of the planning process.”

    Followed by: “What style of hotel do we want in Davis Square?”

    Who said the public wants a hotel? How can the people of Somerville have their concerns and ideas considered by “city planners and administrators” (another way of saying “unelected officials with great power over what gets built and who builds it and who can then leave city jobs for jobs with developers,” meaning the taxpaying public gets screwed twice), allowing them to become an important part of the planning process. Isn’t that nice of them? They’ll consider our ideas after they’ve made up their minds to build a hotel. Why not consider our ideas before you decide what we want built there? How then can the people of Somerville have their ideas considered? By picking the drapes?

    When the majority of those asked in this online newspaper don’t want one there, the planning process becomes a farce. You’re asking citizens to waste their time on a fait accompli. The use of the site has been decided absent any public input, because only private gain matters. Development input by the public means nothing here because of the cozy ties between the pols, the bankers, the regulators, the unelected and thus untouchable bureaucrats, and the developers who’ve already set the room rates before a hearing is held. “Consideration” and ‘input” don’t mean the powers that be have to do anything but listen. After which they can do whatever they were going to do in the first place.

    This project is once again a disgrace to any notion that the public has a say in land use and development here in Somervile and an even greater disgrace for this paper to say “We can’t ask for more than that” when we most certainly can.

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