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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rick Holmes
Oct. 29, 2013 12:16 p.m.



marist1marist2A few years from now, folks will be walking down Pleasant Street in Framingham past yet another subdivision of overpriced homes on cul-de-sacs.  “In the old days,” one will say to the other, “there was a retreat here for Catholic priests.  It had grand, 1930s-vintage buildings, open green lawns and playing fields, tree-lined lanes… Around back, there was an amphitheater of sorts, a shrine backed by a tall stone wall, where the priests would have services and prayer. It was a grand spot, an oasis of green, a bit of history, that really made our neighborhood special.

“But the neighbors didn’t appreciate it. When a doctor came around with a plan to save the Marist campus and turn it into a place for healing, they stormed the ZBA, demanding that “the integrity of the neighborhood” required that lovely spot be bulldozed and replaced by more homes, more garages, more cars.

“You know, Framingham isn’t the pleasant community it used to be, even here on Pleasant Street.”

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