Been too busy for foruming, so just going to stop by briefly and leave this here:
I was at this meeting. In case you aren't familiar, they support a 1 year moratorium on upzoning around Alewife and Central Square. See http://www.cambridgeresidentsalliance.org/
Among the things presented are the following:
- Too much traffic at certain intersections (Central Square in particular).
-Traffic makes walking and biking unpleasant.
- Red line almost up to capacity through Cambridge. Showed video of Tokyo subway. pushers. Some panelists were fine with Northpoint developments (away from Central Square and the Red Line), others not so much.
- Developers only care about maximizing profit, not the community
- Upzoning proposals traffic studies ignore other proposed developments.
- The surface lots are needed for people who were displaced from Cambridge by high rents to visit community resources (like churches they used to go to)
- H-Mart in Burlington has tons of traffic so putting in central square may have the same result.
- Cambridge is too expensive to live in
- Building more units will raise prices more. They claim evidence suggests that building more housing has resulted in higher costs over the years.
- Canyon roads suck, model should be Paris.
- The city is not doing a good job at traffic analysis, signal timing, etc.
- Big developments should be elsewhere instead (Orange Line).
- Some other stuff
Things that confused me were how they could be complaining about people moving away because it's too expensive at the same time as opposing higher-density housing.
They were in support of public transit, but worried that the red line would get even more crowded with new development. They are also worried about MBTA funding.
The audience members who asked questions seemed in general more unsupportive than supportive, but there was applause for both sides. Overall it was a good discussion.