Near Harvard University’sAllston campus, the sound of backhoes and drilling signal thestart of a two-year long project tobuild a new low-income housingcomplex.The housing complex, whichGoogle Inc. recently invested $28million in, will replace the cur-rent 40-year-old Section 8 housingcomplex located in Allston, ac-cording to the Boston Globe. Con-struction began in May and willcontinue until 2014.“If it’s snowing, we’ll still beworking,” said Tony Coward, aworker at the site.
behind the complex, provides sub-sidized housing to tenants withlow incomes, requiring rent pay-ments reduced well below marketvalue, according to the Boston Re-development Authority’s website.The Community Builders, Inc.,the developer undertaking theconstruction of 340 units at thenew site, is focused on “creatinga place that people will care forand adapt as a part of a neighbor-hood, a place that will grow intoa historical community,” said Jeff Beam, senior project manager of the redevelopment.The new Charlesview Resi-dences will sprawl out over moreland than the original, and includespaces for small-business retailers,a park and a playground, large pe-destrian walkways and bike paths,a community center and an under-ground parking garage, Beam said.The development has been de-signed, he said, to stimulate theneighborhood and cater to its resi-dents to create a community.“Western Avenue doesn’t reallyhave an identity yet,” Beam said,in reference to the location of theproject.He said that The CommunityBuilders, Inc. hopes that the newCharlesview Residences will bring“character” and liveliness to thearea by creating a place that “peo-ple love.”Instead of the concrete con-struction of the current Charles-view, the new development willinclude a mix of townhouses and
windows and building materials,Beam said.The construction contracts,he said, are “incredibly sophisti-cated” and “the best quality,” add-ing that the complex will meet orexceed the city’s benchmarks forenvironmentally conscious devel-opment.The current Charlesview, resi-dents said, is crumbling into dis-repair.Vince Anzalone, the formervice president of the tenant asso-ciation, and Susan Hague said thattheir apartment, which they’velived in for more than a decade,is one of the nicest in the currentcomplex.Anzalone and Hague said thatthe rest of the complex hosts hugeamounts of rodents. Many apart-ments have three-inch gaps be-tween walls and ceilings, and re-quests for repairs are perpetuallybacklogged, they said.Despite this, Anzalone said,Charlesview does not have a highturn-around rate for residents.“I’ve had the same neighborsfor about 12 years,” he said, andnoted that many units have twogenerations of families living inthem.All of Charlesview’s current
Allston low-income housing complex gets a facelift
BU speech policy infringes on students’ rights, speaker says
The following reports weretaken from the Allston-Brighton District D-14 crime logs from Sept.27 to Oct. 4, 2011.
St. in Allston at 3 p.m. last Tuesdayin response to a call from a victimrequesting his roommate’s removalfrom the apartment. On arrival, thevictims, a 25-year-old female and29-year-old male, told police thattheir roommate had been stealingchecks since April to pay for hisdrug habit. The male victim discov-ered that the suspect took checksworth over $2,068 and $200 in cash.The suspect admitted his addictionand theft, and police placed him un-der arrest. After searching the sus-pect, police found two checks, twoorange pills and two yellow pillsthat the suspect said were Suboxoneand Klonopin. The suspect also hada black eye and multiple scratchesfrom the angry female victim. Thesuspect was charged with larcenyover $250, forgery and possessionof class E drugs.
Tomb Raider II
A worker at Evergreen Cem-etery reported vandalism to tombsfor the second time this month at8:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The work-er reported that the vandalism tookplace sometime the previous eve-ning at 2016 Commonwealth Ave.The vandal knocked the marble topoff one tomb, smashed a marbledoor of another and completelydestroyed a third marble door toa third tomb. Police collected evi-dence, but it is still unknown if any-thing was stolen from the tombs.Previous and similar vandalism oc-curred on Sept. 16.
Six on one
At 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Bos-ton Police responded to a call re-porting an assault and battery at 28Gerald Rd. in Brighton. On arrival,the victim, a 20-year-old male stu-dent from Boston College, statedhe was attacked by six black malesaged 16 to 18 as he was walkinghome. He claimed to be hassled andthen followed to his residence afterrefusing to converse with the group.As he turned for his door, he waspunched in the back of his head.After he closed the door, he statedthat one of the suspects stabbed andscratched the glass of his door with
the victim yelled, “Call 911!” to hisroommate. The suspects were notfound.
Bicycle bulkhead burglary
7:50 a.m. on Sunday at 21 GardnerSt. in Allston regarding two stolenbicycles. The victims, a male aged30 and a female aged 27, said thatthey woke up to a window openat their residence at 14 FarringtonAve. and later saw a man open theirbulkhead and run. The two walked
the suspect and the bicycles andfound one behind 21 Gardner St.One bicycle, a $500 Trek, was notrecovered even after searching thearea for the suspect. The victimsdescribed the suspect as a malewearing dark clothing and a redbackpack.
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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at a press confer-ence at the State House Wednesday about the weekend inci-dent that left his Community Affairs Director, Ron Bell, poten-tially facing DUI charges.
By Gina Curreri
Daily Free Press Staff
Greg and I have a reputation for coun-terintuitive arguments. We like to pushthe envelope.
BU Debate Society member
William Creeley, the directorof Legal and Public Advocacyat the Foundation for IndividualRights in Education, told abouta dozen students that their free-dom of speech may be restricteddue to a number of Boston Uni-versity policies at his “Red Light”District presentation , organizedby Liberty at BU, at the Collegeof Arts and Sciences building onWednesday.Creeley said that while publicuniversities are bound to ensure
their students, private universi-ties such as BU are not. BU must
it still impresses “speech codes,”making it a “red light” university.Graduate School of Arts andSciences student Anthony Pries-tas, president of Liberty at BU,said the group asked Creeleyto speak because he gives talksacross the country about freespeech at public and private uni-versities. These talks are based onhis experience at FIRE defendinga variety of cases involving stu-dent groups.
foundation, aims to defend andsustain individual rights at Amer-ican colleges and universities,according to its website. Theserights include freedom of speech,legal equality, due process, reli-gious liberty and sanctity of con-scious – which in their pamphletthey deem to be “the essentialqualities of individual liberty anddignity.”Students at universities shouldbe given the same rights theyhave in society at large, Creeleysaid. “For example, students hereat BU should have the same free-dom of speech when they step off of Commonwealth Ave.”Creeley said that while BUoutlaws verbal abuse, he won-ders what BU means by “verbalabuse.” Students know extremesof verbal abuse, he said, but maybe unaware that some more nu-anced examples, such as diatribesvia email, are still considered ver-bal abuse.“When a policy is vague, itcauses people to choke on theirown words because they don’tknow where the line is drawn withverbal abuse,” Creeley said.BU’s policies regarding ha-rassment and Internet usage arealso deemed to be “red light,” hesaid. “Despite these “red lights,”FIRE gives a “green light” clas-
student responsibilities.”“Being on campus as a gradu-ate student, these rights are im-portant to me again,” said Ashley
BU’s School of Law.Creeley said that the SupremeCourt has come down on freespeech rules at universities sev-eral times over the past 50 years,with rulings in favor of the stu-dents.Defending personal ideas givesstudents a better idea of what thetruth is, he said.“BU’s policies are restrictive.We are asking BU to live up to its
Creeley said in an interview afterhis presentation.Students said they were sur-prised by things they learned inthe lecture.“It is weird that BU can restrictthings that a majority of studentsdo everyday,” said freshman Col-lege of Arts and Sciences AndreaSay.
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Daily Free Press Staff
By Kaylee Hill
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Sarah Slautterback, the home-less education specialist for theMass. Department of Elementaryand Secondary Education, spoke
Tuesday.“Many homeless youth do notcome forward because they’reworried about being reported toDCF [Department of Children andFamilies] or having their youngersiblings reported to DCF,” Slaut-terback said.Homeless youth advocates at
-lessness is not a problem restrictedto larger cities.“This bill is not just for urbanareas but also for the whole Com-monwealth,” said Lisa Goldsmith,senior director for youth serviceprograms at DIAL/SELF Youthand Community Services. “Home-less youth in rural areas stay invis-ible, they are more important totake care of because of their invis-ibility.”The commission formed by thebill would bring numerous voicesto the table and allow different ap-
-eted problem of youth homeless-ness, said Kelly Turley, director of legislative advocacy at the Mass.Coalition for the Homeless.“There’s not one answer to theproblem,” Turley said. “We needa range of programs to meet thispopulation’s needs. Housing isn’tthe only answer they also needsupport for transportation, coun-seling and medical and dentalcare.”Turley said that this bill wouldallow the state to meet those needs.After leaving the Pine StreetInn, Rodriguez was eventually
Over Troubled Waters, a sup-port center that has some beds forhomeless youth.“Bridge [Over Troubled Wa-ters] has helped me with a lot, withmy homeless situation,” Rodri-guez said.“We just want to be a part of society.”
Adolescent homelessness not only in cities, youth advocates say