As a long-standing supporter of affordable housing and a Jamaica Plain resident, the BRA proposed goal of 50% affordable housing units for the Forest Hills Initiative seems reasonable to me. (BRA=Boston Redevelopment Authority). The 50% affordable units is a goal, not a mandate. I can’t understand why Senator Wilkerson would oppose this. At a recent public meeting for community input on the Forest Hills development project, Sen. Wilkerson didn’t even attend but had a letter (on Senate letterhead, dated 6/26/08, begins with “Dear Residents of Jamaica Plain”) from her distributed. The letter states her opposition to the 50% goal proposal stating that she has “grave concerns about the 50% and I do believe that it is not balanced”.
Boston needs more transit-based affordable housing and the proposal makes sense for Jamaica Plain. The fact that Sen. Wilkerson opposes it doesn’t sit well with many voters. Thankfully, this senate seat is being challenged by a very strong Democratic candidate http://www.soniachangdiaz.com who I urge other voters to learn more about and to consider voting for on primary day, Sept. 16, 2008.