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Anatol Zukerman’s column in last week’s TAB suggests, among other things, that property tax overrides wouldn’t be necessary if residents hadn’t “killed or mutilated” a number of development projects…

Why? Because a group of rich neighbors didn’t want to share their neighborhood with new neighbors. Similarly, the NIMBYs in other locations killed and mutilated other developments that could have cured our budget woes. Twelve years ago, a developer proposed the Chestnut Hill Square project that could have given the city $3 million in annual tax revenues, but it was cut down to $1 million. Recently, another developer proposed the Riverside Station development with $3 million of annual revenues, but that too was cut down to $1 million. A similar project was rejected at Marshall Plaza on Needham Street. Several smaller projects were also killed at various locations.







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