Boston Globe metro columnist Yvonne Abraham recently called out residents of the "idyllic" town of Weston for opposing an elderly housing complex -- which financially strapped Regis College wants to build and manage in order to build up its endowment. Abraham smells NIMBYism:
Weston people are practiced at batting away proposals that threaten their bucolic paradise. After all, this is the same town that killed the Wayside bike trail, a proposal to turn an unused rail bed into a 25-mile bike path that would run from Belmont to Central Massachusetts. Every community on the proposed trail signed on, except Weston. So it foundered.
Last year CommonWealth magazine's Ray Hainer wrote about the Regis project, giving opponents a bit more space to make their argument:
Residents and town officials, who were well aware of the school’s financial troubles, also began to question whether Regis had the resources and expertise to oversee such a massive project, and worried about various nightmare scenarios, such as a half-finished project or a bankrupt college—and perhaps even a private developer carving up a vacated campus. And though some residents saw the merits of a campus-based retirement community, they were astonished by the scale. ... They were also skeptical that such a mammoth project was driven solely by the school’s educational mission.