Robert David Sullivan has no sympathy for the Charlestown woman complaining that somebody is building a house next to hers:
... I guess we're supposed to feel sorry for her, but how many of us expect to live in the same house, in an unchanging neighborhood, for a half-century? Hey Pat: Just sell your house, take the money, and run!
It would be interesting to know what the 2008 equivalent of 1963's $16,500 would be worth...
16,500 in 1963 comes out to 113,330.74 current dollars. But I don't think you can buy a darn thing in any part of Boston for 113K today. Seems like housing has inflated faster than many other things in Boston -- even discounting the recent bubble.
Don't feel like running numbers, but not nearly what the 2000% appreciation she's had on the house.
I tend to agree with this guys post, Don't like it? Suck it up and move!
I'm so sick of inheritance townies and rich yuppies complaining of only the things that directly affect them, then take stances opposite when it's convenient for them. She's probably pretty happy at the inheritance she can leave her children due to all the other development around the area, but now a new house is causing her pain.
It's the same thing with the Back Bay and new towers, or Allston/Brighton and expanding schools. These people need to stop their bitching and move to the burbs if a small, undeveloped, peaceful neighborhood is what they're seeking.
I don't have much sympathy for her. She had a view she enjoyed, she is losing it, understandably she is upset, but is what the builder doing outrageous? I do not see anything in the article saying why the new place is a bad project, or was approved only due to political connections.
Middleguy, I do get tired of the "move to the suburbs" line. So if the same thing happened in Wellesley, she would have a case? Anti-growth policies in the 'burbs strangle the Mass. economy, among other factors.
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