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  • I support the idea of housing here, but in the context of a comprehensive plan for this entire “island” of land between Soldiers Field Rd and Birmingham Parkway. The strip mall type development and large amount of space dedicated to surface parking is very anti-urban and inappropriate for Boston. There is an opportunity to reconnect this area to the Charles River and to other parts of Brighton much better, particularly for walking and biking. Any development that takes place here should be people oriented, with parking hidden underneath or behind buildings. There should be plentiful trees and open/green space for …

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  • I would wholeheartedly support housing on this site. However, currently the Birmingham Parcel site is functionally an island, cut off by steep grades, and the roads and highways that surround it. I would ask that any new development be required to provide multiple and safe pedestrian connections from the site to the river to the north and to the neighborhoods to the south and west. The stretch of SFR is particularly dangerous with no ped or bicycle crossings and barely a sidewalk. Additionally, I think any development should be required to improve the N. Beacon and Parsons Street tunnels to …

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  • Roads are expensive. How much of it is paid for by the gas tax? I hope all of it. The property tax should not be subsidizing our driving.

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  • I work right around the corner from that parcel, and while I do often feel like that spot is “wasted space,” since it’s kind of hidden and doesn’t really get used as “available green space” (which is definitely something that should be encouraged).

    All due respect to the bocce boards and the people who enjoy them, but it’s a small group of people who use them and they generally sit empty.

    That said, I’m suspect that it’s an ideal location for housing. I honestly don’t know the answer, but one of the bullets above I completely agree with…you need to look at …

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