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If you've never experienced the joy of parking overnight in Brookline, better hurry: It ends Sunday night

Brookline announced this morning it's going back to being a stern parking taskmaster, now that offices and stores are, even if slowly, re-opening.

Effective June 1, you can't park more than two hours during the day in Brookline, you'll have to feed meters, and you better not even think of leaving your car overnight on one of the town's pristine roadways. The town stopped enforcement in March due to, of course, Covid-19.

In a statement today, the town added it is keeping a couple of Covid-19-related innovations in place for at least the month of June:

Delivery and takeout parking zones that were established in March at the outset of the emergency have been extended to at least June 30 in order to facilitate ease of access for customers collecting takeout from restaurants.

Additionally, expanded pedestrian walkways will remain in effect until at least June 30.

Should you get a ticket, you'll have to appeal it via e-mail or snail mail; Covid-19 means the town won't be doing in-person ticket appeals for the foreseeable future.

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Coming out to the street and realizing you hadn't moved the car and seeing one of those $2 tickets stickied to the window.

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I feel bad for tourists who came all the way to Brookline and couldn't even get an overnight parking ticket due to this rule suspension.

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Brookline is the worst town in the state. They have all these crazy ass rules and town ordinance. Plus they are one of the biggest racist in the state. To me they are way more racist than southie. You can google all the racist stuff that has happened over the years, including the firefighter who sued the town over a promotion claiming it was because he was black. Most of the people that live there are racist yuppies.

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In the face of a housing crisis, 180000 sq ft of new offices were built with 1000 parking spaces at the Brookline Village T stop. In comparison, single small multi-family is being built where the Dunks used to be on Rt 9.

These towns will stop at nothing to eliminate the risk of having more, poorer kids in their schools.

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And Westbrook Village is adding tons of housing. Also seems that Brookline has a good deal of public housing compared to Newton with probably a lot less room?

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Ok, I guess we can just ignore the apartment building across Rt 9 in Brookline and of course all the apartments on the other side of the J-Way in Mission Hill. This isn't the Financial District.

Westbrook is far from the T - those units are welcome but have less benefit to the region than apartments in the metro core.

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Included Bertucci's, Colorado Public Library, Soup kitchens, colleges, hospitals and doctors offices, a skipjacks I believe...etc, etc. No residential housing there.

Why do you want to make all the poor kids live next to the train tracks? Are you saying they can't live in Chestnut Hill and attend the horrible Baker school like all the other poor people in South Brookline that don't live near the T?

My point was the section where Childrens Hospital is has been commercial/retail for 50 years or so.

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I guess you've never been Boylston St. in the Fenway prior to the current version. Why there was no housing there, just fast food places and tires stores. Somehow it now has housing for thousands of people - crazy!

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And Boston has empty schools, Brookline has to sue, gets sued, and takes by eminent domain land for schools. And again, Brookline has plenty of public housing.

Children’s Hospital, the BI, and Dana Farber wanted to buy those properties and build there. Is that such a horrible thing?

I mean do you think the mostly minority community at 77 Pearl and Village Way want large apartment complexes coming in right across the street with large groups of people with no ties to the community coming in? And that goes for Mission Hill too, why do we feel like we have to keep adding more people to established neighborhoods.? At least Boylston st is a “new” area tha isn’t going to affect large groups of established neighborhoods right?

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You're also ignoring that Brookline upzoned the area directly across Longwood Ave from the newly built medical building, allowing for micro units, studio apartments, and little-to-no parking requirements precisely to help add lower-cost market rate housing stock to the area. That nobody has built there (yet) is a fault with the private real estate market, not with Brookline.

You're also ignoring that 75% of Brookline's housing stock is multi-family, the fifth highest percentage in the state. For context, the number is 75% for Lawrence, 81% for Boston, 85% for Cambridge and Somerville, 88% for Chelsea. Quincy is 61%, Winthrop 64%, Revere 66%.

You're also ignoring that Brookline just passed a zoning change allowing for accessory dwelling units (ADUs -- think in-law apartment) by right in every part of the town.

You're also ignoring that Brookline reduced the parking requirement for new construction, in an effort to reduce the costs associated with new construction and to allow more units to be built on the same site (since less space goes to parking).

You're also ignoring that the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) in Brookline is 9.4% and growing. For context, about nine percent of communities in Massachusetts have SHIs in excess of 10%.

Brookline has work to do, for sure. But your post is wholly ignorant. Brookline has a higher percentage of subsidized housing than about 90 percent of the communities in the Commonwealth. Brookline has a higher percentage of homes in multi-family buildings than all but 4 other communities. Brookline has created zoning for micros and studios, allowed ADUs, and reduced the minimum parking requirement -- all within the past five years.

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It's a nice place to live. I really don't get where all these nonsense stereotypes come from, because I never see it. I feel like they're really dated.

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Any news on whether Boston is going to start ticketing & towing on street cleaning days again? Seems pretty early, but if Brookline is starting things up again...

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Per @TheBostonSun on twitter, there's an uptick in downtown Boston neighborhood infections, so I doubt it would be wise to have residents going in and out of apartment buildings every 2 hours just to move their car to a diff. block if they're currently parked at a meter. Furthermore, since so many people are working from home during the pandemic, there's not a lot of turnover with parking spaces: resident or metered: both of which can also be used by contractors during the day; and I'd say contractors take up about 30 - 40% of the residential and metered spots on any given block in my neighborhood which has quite a few multi-year gut renovations going on. As an aside, I do not believe Boston tows for street cleaning any longer, just tickets aggressively.

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