Skip to comments.Newton Mayor Setti Warren blocks homeless housing bid in Waban (liberal hypocrisy)
Posted on 06/27/2013 2:21:18 AM PDT by Prolixus
Newton Mayor Setti Warren announced Tuesday he would block funding for a controversial proposal to build affordable housing for formerly homeless people on Beacon Street in Waban, saying residents need more time to discuss the issue.
"There are several reasons why I cannot support the allocation of federal funding for the proposal at this time," Warren said in a statement. For an affordable housing project to move forward anywhere in the city, I believe it is essential that we first allow for an appropriate period of time for our residents to be heard."
The proposal, called Engine 6, has drawn outcry from residents concerned that the potential tenants could put their children in danger, and who say they were not consulted about the developments location.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
The neighborhood also enjoys average home values in excess of $500,000 and average incomes well into six figures.
Yet, they are having difficulty being charitable to the less fortunate residents of The Commonwealth.
The issue was that it was never brought to the residents’ attention. The City tried to sneak it through. Maybe you can’t afford housing in Waban and that makes you jealous. The real issue has nothing to do with the price of a house in Waban.
The sub-story is that this is a textbook example of the limousine liberal mindset. These people are all for all the usual liberal causes... until it lands in their backyard. Waban is the the home of the "beautiful people" as Howe Carr would say.
You ever looked at home prices in this region? Price-tag shock. I would put their local home prices in the same category as San Francisco, and to the extreme.
I think you mean envious and I can afford that neighborhood.
I have lived in neighborhoods that don't (are too poor to) donate so much money to Democrats and those neighborhoods had halfway houses and juvenile lockups right next to door to homes where children were living. The local people had no real "say" in whether or not these facilities were placed there (often they don't know they're there until someone escapes from a facility). It's people who live in places like Waban that make the decisions as to where these facilities are located and they're the first in line to call you a hater and a racist for visiting Free Republic.
I say let them put their money where their mouths are and locate these "charitable" facilities in their own neighborhoods first.
I’ve got a more basic view of it: 1) no level of government should be building public housing in high-cost areas—it should be as economical as possible, and 2) no government housing should be in the suburbs away from supermarkets, other resources, ready low-skill jobs, and public transportation.
It’s amazing the this story slipped through the Boston Globe’s filter. The Globe is the paper-of-record for the more-equal-than-others demographic in the Boston area. The editors were probably too busy with SCOTUS ruling on DOMA this week to notice any stories of lesser importance.
You're right on the Prolixus - it's how it works....
I live in that town. I’m one of the one third Republicsn minority but there are a lot of powerful pubbies here from when it was an R-full town 20-30 years ago.
If Democrats were to be held accountable for their hypocrisies there soon would be lot fewer Democrats.