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Zoning for More Housing in Lowell

This 39-page report responded to a summer 2020 motion from Lowell, MA City Councilors to detail ways to modify the City’s zoning ordinance to create more housing. Jared authored this report in October 2020, prior to departing Lowell for the City of Alexandria, VA. The Lowell City Manager released the report publicly in March 2021, … Continue reading

Coming Out (Again)

Today is the 31st National Coming Out Day. This post is an update from the one I shared last year. I started coming out as gay when I was nearly 19 during the summer after freshman year of college. It was a long slog. I had many, many one-on-one conversations that left me emotionally exhausted. I’m so … Continue reading

MBTA Should Cancel Proposed Fare Spike

This is the text of a letter sent on February 25, 2019 to oppose the MBTA fare increases proposed for July 2019. The MBTA is accepting comments through Thursday, February 28. Increasing MBTA fares to plug a small budget gap is a penny-wise, pound-foolish approach to transportation. Chris Dempsey, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, has … Continue reading

BPDA Should Approve Revised Dock Square Garage Project

This is the text of a letter I sent on February 19, 2019 to Michael Sinatra, the BPDA project manager for the Dock Square Garage (20 Clinton Street) project, a proposal to add seven stories with 175+ homes atop the garage plus new ground floor retail. Last April, I criticized the proposal to redevelop the … Continue reading

BPDA Should Approve the Project to Reimagine the Hotel Alexandra

This is the text of a letter I sent on December 12, 2018 to Michael Sinatra, the BPDA project manager for 1767-1769 Washington Street, a proposal to restore the façade of the former Hotel Alexandra and construct a new hotel on the site. The BPDA should approve this project. The proposal balances preserving the ornate … Continue reading

Turn Out, Speak Out, Come Out

Today is the 30th National Coming Out Day. I started coming out as gay when I was nearly 19 during the summer after freshman year of college. It was a long slog. I had many, many one-on-one conversations that left me emotionally exhausted. I’m so glad I did. I’m now out to friends, family, neighbors, … Continue reading

Lower Boston’s Speed Limit and Redesign the Streets

  This is the text of a letter I sent on August 30, 2018 to Boston City Councilors Frank Baker and Ed Flynn. Both Councilors announced earlier that week that they would like to investigate a 20 mph default speed limit in Boston. When a driver struck and killed Colin McGrath a little over a … Continue reading

Baker, Walsh: Take the T Pledge

Yesterday, I attended the Boston March for Science. Understandably, many of the speeches and signs focused on climate change.[1] I wish I had brought a “Fix The T” sign because we need fast, frequent, and reliable MBTA buses, trains, and ferries to decrease the significant greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.[2] We also need our  leaders—our Governor and … Continue reading

Dock Square Garage Redevelopment Must Add Shops

This is the text of the letter I sent on April 9, 2018 to Michael Rooney, Senior Project Manager, Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding the Dock Square Garage redevelopment project. More information about the project is available here. The Dock Square Garage is a 1970s throwback to a time when vacant lots and garages … Continue reading

MassDOT Must Build West Station Now

This is the text of the letter I sent to Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Review for the I-90 Allston Interchange project in Boston. Massachusetts must strive to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 … Continue reading