To the Editor:

I was glad to see Rob Horrigan’s letter on proposals in the Roxbury draft Plan of Conservation and Development for condominium and co-housing arrangements.

Personally, I support affordable housing. In my view, the state has abandoned its former commitment to provide funding in support for affordable housing.

Meanwhile, as Mr. Horrigan points out, in many places, private financing of purportedly affordable housing too often results in financial loss and/or no truly affordable housing.

Mt. Horrigan’s analysis, whether one agrees with or not, includes data and relevant information. Unfortunately, our POCD is remarkably deficient in data or analysis to support its recommendations.

The plan proposes some changes to Roxbury that were received poorly in the public hearing. It is difficult to determine if the criticism is all well-founded because one can’t find in the plan details on how the changes will be done, and what their long-term and short-term impacts would likely be.

There are significant fiscal, financial, societal and environmental effects that should be studied.


Margaret Miner


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