, Salem, MA


October 19, 2013

Letter: Brimbal project happening regardless of residents' hopes

To the editor:

The fix was in; it was on the face of every Beverly council member as they voted on the Brimbal Avenue development scheme. Rumor on the street has it that this issue was decided before Monday’s vote.

It appears evident someone wrote all the opinions presented by certain councilors before the vote, each speech sounding exactly the same as the previous, with a few words rearranged. The message I perceived as well as the majority in attendance is that this is going to be shoved in your face whether you like it or not, but hey, we’ll throw in a “citizens” committee so maybe you will calm down a bit. The old carrot and stick trick; then again, the whole project is nothing but smoke and mirrors, carrots and sticks.

Qui bono? Certainly not the citizens of Beverly who have been listening to this economic development blah, blah, blah, for how long?

Maybe it is time for the citizens of Beverly to start taking a closer look at some money trails. Seems to me an awful lot of moolah is going into or is going to go into someone’s pockets with vested interest in this project, and that certainly will not be the citizens of Beverly.

Further, evidently current events are being ignored by this council. The economy has been dealt the death card, and the final blow is not too far away. Instead of shoring up what infrastructure that exists now, the exalted of Beverly have hallucinated their way into more abstract ventures of pave whatever, put up a shopping mall, the solution to everyone’s economic woes.

Evidently, CEA has more money than it knows what do with. Anyone with a true economic vision would stay away from this kind of venture. The area is so saturated with malls, restaurants, etc., can one really think there will be a great profitable return on a headache like this? Then again, the wealthy have always been a masochistic sort. Kind of, let’s grab all the money we can, then run, leaving the city of Beverly in a further mess; taxpayers, man the brooms.

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