In the Sunday Globe, Shirley Leung pointed out that the Boston metro region needs more large scale residential developments in order to meet housing demand. Today, the Globe has an article on the tensions created by residential development in Alewife.
Let's make it clear for the 23rd time: Without major planning changes, any new development creates tension--particularly transportation tension. People drive cars. Trucks deliver stuff. When residents of neighborhoods ask for better planning, they're really asking for development restrictions. It will always be hard to build new stuff in this area. If you want cheap housing, go to Texas. Or Holyoke.