Just one teeny-tiny, eensy-weensy little problem with New Balance's megaproposal for Brighton

They don't own the land, but are hoping to mobilize the public to pressure the owner to sell, the Herald reports.

Project map.

Blogger breaks the news on the project.



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    That Blogger is blatantly

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    That Blogger is blatantly violating copyright laws by posting the full article. Forums/Websites have received cease and desists for far less. Fair use is only constituted in this case if he was only to post a paragraph or 2 and then the link to the full article.

    If he did that, it would be more interesting to read as well. I would like to hear his opinion--not just a full herald article that I would rather read on the Herald's website for the comedic nature of the comments alone.

    Anyways, this development is much much much preferred than a big box Lowes. If the owner does not agree to sell, can the city use eminent domain? The space is surely blighted and a skating rink/movie theater could definitely be considered public benefit. Please correct me if i am wrong though, as i am more familiar with NY eminent domain laws (where they readily and happily take land for private development. Columbia University, Atlantic Yards, Willets Point etc etc...) than Boston.

    Um, what?

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    Can you post a URL for the article you claim he reprinted? As far as I can tell, the first the Herald wrote about the project is today - the day after his post.

    The OTHER blogger

    I believe anon is referring to your link to the Herald article which is on the bostonhospitalityindustry blog, not to the original Brighton Centered blog post.


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    Changing the link to the actual Herald story now, thanks for pointing that out. One of the problems of "living" in an RSS aggregator is you don't see the actual Web pages unless you click on them, and I obviously didn't in this case.


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    First, have cities/states used Eminent Domain to take someone's property to then give it to a company for redevelopment claiming the need to reduce "blight"? Yes.

    Should they use Eminent Domain to give other companies places to build? NO.

    One only needs to look at the now dead (never actually fully alive) Pfizer complex in CT to see the harm. Houses were taken from people living near the land that Pfizer bought so that the city could sell it to a developer who put in a commercial zone for the Pfizer employees to eat/spend money (and help develop the overall area). Pfizer pulled up stakes as soon as its revenues started dropping and consolidated with another location (Cambridge? I can't remember). Now, the whole complex sits pretty much dead.

    Anyways, this development is

    Anyways, this development is much much much preferred than a big box Lowes. If the owner does not agree to sell, can the city use eminent domain?

    I take it that Anon doesn't own his or her own home.

    Anon here, I don't own my own

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    Anon here,

    I don't own my own home, but there is a home depot less than 2 miles right down the road from the proposed Lowes. Said Home Depot is much more accommodating to traffic and already built in a retail mall where is belongs.

    When was the last time a big

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    When was the last time a big project by a developer in boston actually worked out well?

    Get ready

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    Because I think the "Parcel 7" project over the Pike at Fenway is going to be a great addition/revision to that area. More parking, more residence, modern commuter rail stop, small carbon footprint, better street lines between Fenway Park and Park St/Commonwealth Ave, etc.