Now, now. I live/own in brighton, and I can assure you that I (and many neighbors) do not exemplify Eva's attitudes.I hate Brighton... it totally typifies the insular, provincial Boston neighborhood mentality.
I honestly believe that Brighton is (one of several) perfect locations to improve the quantity and quality of additional housing for young working professionals for the city of boston. (yes, I would vote to expand the target audience beyond just grad students - but I would think that would happen almost automatically, given how many professionals are also looking for housing here; both to rent and own)
Now, with my resident cap on, I will honestly say that the transportation infrastructure NEEDS to be improved. A solid half of brighton is very poorly connected to transit, and the other half is served by the absolutely pathetic B-branch green line: if this isn't a case study for electronic train right-of-way technology, then I don't know what on earth is.
That said, I and others absolutely support smart development here. In addition to the Monestary area, there are two stalled abandoned gas station redvelopment projects within 3 blocks of the Monestary. These empty lots collect trash and abandoned vehicles. Does Eva want that in our neighborhood too? It would also be nice to have a few more coffee shops and a few less bong stores.
The point is that Brighton is ripe for potential, and residents such as her are extremely close-minded thinking that "we have it great - how could it be any better than this?".
If we lobby for transit improvements (and somehow get developers to be involved in this too), then I'm all for it.