South End housing
As someone who lived in the South End neighborhood many years in my childhood, I still have many good memories of East Springfield Street and the latest news concerning a developer turning an eyesore into housing for veterans is great news (“From vacant to veterans,” Boston Herald, Aug. 7).
I often travel back to this one city block of life between Harrison Avenue and Washington Street and know folks from my childhood still residing there. Today’s East Springfield Street has been gentrified and the cost of housing has increased dramatically — but this news story shows that even in the midst of all the changes in housing, this street can fall back to what it has always been, which is a great street to call home.
I applaud developer Mathieu Zahler for taking a building I remember well as a child when it provided real housing for real people. It has fallen into disrepair many years ago. I believed it would never get fixed but I was wrong.
Long vacant it will be no more. After the makeover, it will be turned into five permanent affordable apartments for veterans looking for a home going into their futures. No more living here, there and everywhere. Zahler is so correct, “I thought this was a great opportunity to do something exciting.”
Good people have always lived on this street and it always had a positive vibe as a welcoming place to all who have lived here whether today or back when I was a kid growing up.
We need more public private partnerships like this across our city. The need is everywhere and hopefully this South End story will be replicated across Boston’s neighborhoods.
— Sal Giarratani, East Boston
There were 55 corporations that paid zero taxes in 2020 and so going forward will pay 15%. These corporations hire Harvard type tax accountants and, yes, maybe these corporations will pay taxes but how will that effect the rest of us? Well let me guess, decreasing corporate share of employees’ 401(k)s, lowering of company stock and decreasing other corporate investments. All I’m saying is the CEO’s of corporations with $1 billion in taxable income are just not going to say no problem, business as usual.
— Tony Meschini, Scituate
Rick Pozniak is dead on accurate in his description of how bikers do not deserve additional bike lanes. Much like Rick, I always see bikers running red lights, stop signs, making left turns from right lanes, and violating every driving rule that us car drivers obey 99.9% of the time. I also see bikers riding on roads while they are looking at their phones, which is justifiably an illegal practice for car drivers. Their behavior is abhorrent, and our tax dollars absolutely should not be spent to create more bike lanes from drivers’ lanes. The only way that should be done is to use dollars collected from bikers’ license fees, bikers’ registration fees and bikers’ excise taxes. Where none of those fees exist, and since bikers are no more than 2% of the commuting population, they should be relegated to riding bikes on sidewalks, which we all learned to do as kids.
— Tony Siciliano, Framingham