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Forest Hills’ problems are unique — and poorly addressed

The theme of the Feb. 28 editorial, “For answers to housing woes, look to vibrant Davis Square” is correct, but the comparison of Davis Square in Somerville with Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain is not. The only commonality is a transit station, but only Forest Hills is a transportation terminus.

The editorial blames “poor state planning” for Forest Hills’ problems, but it’s really a shared problem. Forest Hills sits among Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, and Franklin Park — large open spaces that lower neighborhood density. Davis Square is in an ultra-dense neighborhood with Tufts University nearby and many more people to support businesses.

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