Letters

Letters

This isn’t NIMBYism — foes of Roslindale school site have genuine concerns

Re “A great school deserves a great home in Roslindale”: I disagree with your June 29 editorial on the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. You make no attempt to understand the legitimate concerns of those opposed to siting the school on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale.

Worse, rather than addressing the neighborhood’s concerns, you dismiss them, wrongly characterizing anyone who doesn’t want the school at this location as guilty of NIMBYism. My neighbors and I who oppose locating the school at 361 Belgrade Ave. are not opposed to the school. We recognize that it has an excellent academic reputation, with high-achieving students. We would welcome this school in Roslindale or West Roxbury, but at a larger and more suitable location.

Just drive by the location on Belgrade Avenue, and you will see that it is too small for a school of some 800 students. Proponents have even pointed this out in their letter of intent, stating zoning relief will be required.

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A second concern is that public transportation is inadequate, despite the school’s claim to the contrary. The increased number of buses on Belgrade Avenue would only worsen existing traffic snarls. True, the commuter rail stops literally at the back of the school, but the Needham line does not run many trains. Equally important, it is notorious for performance issues, with almost daily late and canceled trains, especially in winter.

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I respect the Globe’s responsibility to editorialize, but I expect it to provide balanced and thoughtful arguments rather than uninformed attacks on concerned neighbors.

Judith Chevarley

West Roxbury