Gerry Weiss: Valley CDC’s track record should help allay fears of SRO project

Published: 6/12/2019 6:30:24 PM

Fear can be a useful force in our lives. It can lead us to safety; it can help us protect our children; it can cause us to take action.

It can also cause us to lose our way by convincing us to abandon our most cherished values in the name of safety. I’m reminded of this truth when I think about the controversy around the proposed mixed income studio apartment project on Route 9 near Amherst College.

How do we know when fear is tricking us into believing we are threatened? How do we discern real threat from fear itself? Valley Community Development Corporation has a long track record of safely providing such apartments in Northampton. I urge people to read their thorough response to all the concerns expressed by neighbors, posted on the Amherst town website. I believe these documents go a long way toward allaying many of the fears this project has engendered.

Gerry Weiss


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