- Apr 18, 2021
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The administration of the city seems to understand it but so many residents do not.^ Beverly seem to totally understand and embrace TOD.
There is PLENTY of “NIMBY’s” in Beverly.Why is this? Clear lack of NIMBYs? Extremely pro-growth government? Favorable middle class economics? Obviously there was lots of underutilized land around the station, but none of what I listed is unique to Beverly. And yet their TOD growth is clearly unique among the suburbs.
And I ask this as someone whose mom grew up in Beverly and yet knows very little about the current sociopolitical climate there.
5 or 6 years ago there was a (I wouldn’t say high end but definetly not bargain shopping) strip mall development that was to be built near the 128 Rotary up by the North Shore Music Theather. The plan was controversial - so much so there was a city wide vote on it.
It passes easily - something along the lines of 60-65% (maybe even higher) but the neighborhood the development is in - voted against it to the tune of 90%.
Another case: Beverly probably cares more about it’s HS football team then maybe any city in the entire state - the football boosters have a decent amount of influence. But for some reason despite having a gem of a stadium - it’s been a virtually impossible to task to get lights at the place - something that 95% of the city wants and would be a great asset to the district - but it’s been an near impossible task due to… unrelenting bitching by neighbors.
Back to the Downtown growth… there has been constant bitching about every step of the way. Why? no one knows considering what it used to be which BeeLine described perfectly. Frankly most of these new structures could’ve and probably should’ve been a little taller