Submitted by Phyllis Keenan
Every taxpayer in Bedford should read and reread Christina Carvey’s well-written, well-researched letter (Dec 8) Possible Impacts of MBTA Housing Rezoning. The Planning Board needs to reassess its approach. While it is inevitable that Bedford will comply with the MBTA zoning law, the town doesn’t need to act like a sacrificial lamb while doing so. In fact, more people will benefit if the town preserves its character while complying. The rule that applies on an airplane, “secure your own oxygen mask before helping others” should guide Bedford’s response.
If Bedford can follow the law, yet “…limit infrastructure strain by including areas already, or soon to be occupied, by high-density housing…” – shouldn’t town officials be looking into that? Open space is important. The center of town should not be overbuilt. Rethink the current ideas. Bedford has never shirked its responsibilities to the common good, witness the METCO program and the current efforts in handling the immigrant influx. (And be honest, you can name more examples of Bedford altruism.)
This town wants to continue to help. But Bedford needs to take small steps. Take advantage of ways Carvey suggests to slow down. Bedford will grow, but it should not reinvent itself for the worse in the process.