Years ago eminent domain took my relatives’ houses when they built the Mass Pike extension through Brighton and Allston, and then took other relatives’ houses in the West End of Boston to build housing for the rich. Times have changed and it is time to use eminent domain to take land for affordable housing.
What good is free medical care and college tuition when you don’t have a house to live in?
The Town of Falmouth should take Teaticket Park by eminent domain and build affordable housing on it. Few citizens use Teaticket Park today, though millions will claim to use it when the word “affordable” is used. There are no box turtles or piping plovers or any endangered species there.
Over a hundred apartments can be built there and still have a park there for children with swings, slides and jungle gyms or whatever they call them now. As for traffic, all that is needed is to make Worcester Court and Jones Road side streets instead of highways.
What is better? Looking at open land, or children playing in a park in front of their houses?
We owe every person in this country an affordable place to live in, along with free medical care and tuition. That is the American dream, and it is time we stop denying this dream to the poor.
Anthony N. Tocci
Plum Hollow Road