PAUL MCMORROW’S Jan. 21 op-ed “A fix for the West End’’ deserves a rebuttal from a longtime resident of the area.
McMorrow contemplated the West End from its most unimportant corner, a small park that never really existed, looking at an old garage that has indeed outlived its usefulness while it hides the real West End residential area that needs no “fix.’’
The developer who owns the garage acquired some of the adjacent residential buildings and built others, but six buildings of substantial size remain independently owned. Their thousands of residents are deeply concerned that the quality of their lives may be diminished by the objectives of the city and of the developer. The residents, whom McMorrow unfairly describes as “wealthy suburbanites’’ lured to the city, worry that bulky structures replacing the Garden Garage will loom over the residential area, blocking sunlight and views; expose residents to many months of intolerable noise and dust; and harm the trees lining the pedestrian thoroughfare that meanders through the area.
The “fix for the West End’’ will in fact be in the hands of the Impact Advisory Committee that has been appointed to judge the developer’s detailed proposal for the replacement of the Garden Garage. A massive set of residential structures replacing the Garden Garage on narrow, fast-traffic Lomasney Way will, in my opinion, not “open up the West End to the rest of Boston,’’ as McMorrow believes.