Comments by longtime_SB_resident

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Posted on November 21 at 10:31 p.m.

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On RingRevenue Rings Up Another $3.25M in Growth Capital

Posted on October 4 at 10:25 a.m.

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Posted on February 3 at 8:28 a.m.

It's a shame — but understandable — that there is so much emotion and contentiousness around this issue. After all, issues like this are contentious precisely because there is merit to both sides. Let’s clarify a few points:

1. The homeless need to be housed.

2. A facility like this will not reduce homelessness around the San Roque neighborhood (Trader Joe’s, Mackenzie Park) because these are not the people who would be housed in the Willbridge facility.

3. NIMBYism has at its roots a basis in the fact that most of the people in that neighborhood have put their life savings into their homes there. It’s not elitism. It’s typically the result of hard work and good planning. Calling struggling homeowners Nazis really makes one look like they have no full grasp of the issues.

4. Belittling someone’s concerns about the perceived safety of their own children is pretty much a nonstarter. In fact, it’s probably the best way to cause someone to shut down in an otherwise productive dialogue.

5. Comparing this planned facility to those near Franklin and Notre Dame schools is not as applicable, since those are closed and more physically secure campuses than Peabody.

Emotions run high here because the homeless and their advocates see themselves as a put-upon minority and also have some well-deserved righteousness about their ability to recover from the depths and lead normal lives again. And that’s understandable. It’s a tremendous accomplishment.

The bottom line is that this is not a battle over homelessness and helping the homeless. I'm sure San Roque people don’t harbor veiled hatred for the homeless. The concerns center mainly around the mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions which are unfortunately so prevalent among our city’s homeless. All it takes is one person off their meds to do something unfortunate to a child, and you can’t ever put that genie back in the bottle no matter how much Willbridge and the city council apologize then.

In the end, it seems that all agree that this is a valid and necessary program. And there also seems to be too much parent concern around locating this facility so close to an open grade school campus. Doesn’t the right solution for all seem to be that Willbridge and the city should just find a different building in which to continue their good work? The challenge there is that the city did approve the purchase of the property while giving the community 90 days to discuss and get educated. So, at the end of the day, the San Roque community faces a choice of either a Willbridge-managed facility or some other form of city-subsidized low-income housing at 2904 State. And, while a Willbridge facility may well emerge now as the best option for the San Roque/Peabody community, it sure feels like a sneaky railroad job by the mayor and the city council. The most disappointing part of this has been the mayor and council's loose adherence to the public process they claim to value.

On Failure to Communicate

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