Neighborhoods change. Sometimes.
Neighborhoods in Boston don’t change. Very quickly, at least. Which is why, of course, lots of people like to live here.
Neighborhoods in Boston don’t change. Very quickly, at least. That’s why it costs $500,000 to get a one-bedroom condo in Back Bay. Developers can’t build up, due to neighborhood pressures. Simple supply and demand leads to higher prices.
The Fort Point Channel “neighborhood” is about to see some grand changes. I say “neighborhood” because it barely qualifies. There is a handful of residential buildings in the area, and residents are mostly renters.
Developers have re-discovered the area, and are eager to build more housing. With the additional housing would come more retail, which the neighborhood lacks. As of now, the area is more an annex to the Financial District, than anything else.
Well, it may surprise you (I’m sure it doesn’t) that not everyone is eager for change.
The seven candidates for Boston’s District 2 City Councilor met with Fort Point Channel residents last week. What was on their mind?
Out-of-control real estate development, and the precarious future of the neighborhood’s dwindling artistic community, dominated the forum agenda. Candidates said they would fight to protect the neighborhood from becoming Boston’s version of SoHo in New York, where million-dollar units sit atop ubiquitous retail chains like the Gap and Banana Republic.
My friends, “SoHo” is exactly what the neighborhood should become. It’s the perfect fit. Perfect.
Tony Goldman, principal of Archon/Goldman Properties and one of the larger landowners in the area, was the developer behind much of SoHo, before it existed as it does today. He has extensive plans for Fort Point Channel. These plans are ambitious, exciting, and realistic.
The 590,000 other residents of the city deserve to have the Fort Point Channel neighborhood redesigned to benefit all of us.
The candidates for City Council shouldn’t pander to very few who feel otherwise.
More: Not open studios, but Fort Point draws crowd – By Christina Pazzanese, The Boston Globe