To the editor:
“Say Yes to the CPA”
We are longtime Watertown residents with young children destined for our fine schools, and we are excited to be voting Yes on Question 5. As people who are deeply devoted to our town, we believe that the Community Preservation Act will bring innumerable benefits to us all.
When we decided to raise our families here, we did so for two reasons: First, we were inspired by the commitment of Watertown Strong Schools and other advocates to making our schools great. Second – and just as important – we love the community here. Raising four young children between our two families, we enjoy using Watertown’s parks, attending concerts in Saltonstall Park, strolling along the River, and watching the construction vehicles building up our town. These outdoor spaces are central to the way our families experience Watertown.
Like many working families, we live on a tight budget. Yet, we are happy to contribute to the CPA because we know that this investment of about $10 per month (the cost of a couple of drinks at Halfway Café, and less than our Netflix subscription) will be well invested in the form of $2 million in parks and playing fields, affordable housing, and preserving our historical heritage – the things that we love about this town.
Of course Watertown must have strong schools, but we do not believe that the vision for this community should involve a trade-off between the quality of our schools and the well-being of the rest of our our community. We believe that Watertown is strong enough to support both. We are pro-strong schools and pro-CPA. Watertown deserves strong schools and beautiful open spaces for everyone. We must invest in historic preservation so future generations appreciate the incredible history of this town. And we must support our neighbors and future neighbors by ensuring Watertown is an affordable place to live. In Waltham, Belmont, Newton, and 161 other towns and cities in Massachusetts, the CPA has been used to renovate old playgrounds, repurpose abandoned parcels of land into multi-use recreational spaces, and support homebuyers to enter into the housing market for the first time.
We chose Watertown as the place to live and raise our families because we believe it is the best town in Massachusetts. We are thrilled that our kids will grow up calling Watertown home, and we know that they will grow up with the same sense of community pride that we have, and that our neighbors have. Everyone in Watertown deserves the best possible quality of life, and we are a community that is deeply committed to supporting one another in that effort. Let’s vote yes on #5 on November 8th as a demonstration of that commitment.
Bevin Croft, Jessica Middlebrook, David Pereira, and David Weintraub
Main Street and Wilmot Street
(Editor’s Note: the last letters about the Nov. 8 election will be run on Sunday Nov. 6, and must be submitted by Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.)