RMV latest casualty of ill-conceived Concourse
Yesterday’s Patriot Ledger trumpeted the relocation of Quincy’s Registry of Motor Vehicles office — as if moving the Registry from downtown Quincy to the outskirts of Braintree is somehow more convenient for most citizens.
The Quincy Center Concourse has struck again.
This ill-conceived four-lane roadway straight through Quincy Center hasn’t even been built yet, and already it’s wreaking havoc on downtown Quincy. While the road languishes on the drawing board — some 40 years after it was first proposed — vacant lots are cropping up throughout the downtown area, as vibrant, successful businesses are demolished and displaced to make way for a road that nobody wants.
Ironically, our elected officials claim the city “needs” the Concourse to prevent downtown companies like Stop & Shop from leaving Quincy Center. Well, here’s a reality check: The Registry of Motor Vehicles was a downtown employer, too, and one that brought thousands of people to Quincy Center every week — people who may have stopped for lunch, picked up a newspaper or run a few errands while in the downtown area to get their license renewed.
It seems, in fact, that history is repeating itself. When Sears left Quincy Center in the early 1980s, many patrons abandoned downtown Quincy to flock to Sears’ new location in Braintree. Now, thanks to the Concourse, the building that replaced Sears is being demolished— once again driving downtown businesses and their patrons to Braintree.
And City Hall calls this progress?