From The Boston Globe:
You know that little plot of land down in the Theater District, next to the Wilbur Theater, diagonally across from the 7 Eleven? Where the ticket booth trailer used to be? Well, the BRA has plans to put up a three-story building, with retail, wrapped in neon billboards, like a mini-Times Square. At least, that was the plan. Now, the BRA has made an about face, and wants the chosen developer to add nine stories of residential space, above. Thing is, that’s what other developers offered to do, months ago, but were denied the right to build. Something doesn’t seem right to people.
From The New York Times
Apparently, Connecticut has the same type of "affordable housing" laws that Massachusetts has (ours is called "Chapter 40B"). Now, married couple Christopher and Margaret Stefanoni (originally from Cambridge, MA) have submitted plans to build 20 condos on their one acre of land. All of the new homes would be sold to buyers who are at least 62 years of age.
Neighbors are flipping out about it, because of the density. Darien does not have a lot of what is considered "affordable" housing (it’s estimated at 1.8%).
The developers appear to have an agenda, however.
…The young parents of four (with a fifth on the way), the Stefanonis said the homogeneity of Darien produced a "culture shock" when they arrived seven years ago from Cambridge, Mass., a much more diverse municipality…
…"It would be a lot easier to just build a McMansion, sell and move to another town," Mr. Stefanoni said. "But Darien has enough McMansions. Darien needs some humility."
From The Wall Street Journal:
I deal with a lot of people who are relocating. The people I deal with are moving to Boston, full-time. This article, however, deals with those moving to other cities, temporarily, and the problems the face, when moving to the new cities, but more importantly, when they come home. It’s not just hard on the person who goes away (that person might feel guilty for going off and missing family events, etc., while on an expense account), but also on the family left behind.
The spouse left at home must do "your job, plus 100% of the chores, plus filling in for your partner with the kids. The days are extremely long, tiring and mentally exhausting," writes one wife…
…(S)pouses who stay behind have picked up new roles and skills, and it can be irritating to shift back. In some cases, (Robin) Pascoe says, the transferee "comes home expecting the family to be thrilled to see him, and instead they’re bitter and angry."
Mm hmm. I’ll just let you read this one, without comment. I love the idea, actually, it just seems a ridiculous amount of money to spend on something like this.
Francie Rehwald wanted her mountainside house to be environmentally friendly and to be "feminine," to have curves. "I’m a gal," says the 60-year-old retiree.
Her architect had an idea: Buy a junked 747 and cut it apart. Turn the wings into a roof, the nose into a meditation temple. Use the remaining scrap to build six more buildings, including a barn for rare animals. He made a sketch…
…"It’s 100% post-consumer waste," she says. "Isn’t that the coolest?"