Rep. Birmingham opposed a bill that would authorize the city of Boston to borrow money for construction of a new road from Cambridge St., Brighton, to Soldiers Field Road, during a Feb. 18 hearing before the Legislative Committee on Municipal Finance, the Boston Globe reported (Feb. 18, 1929, p. 19).
The purpose of the new road was to provide a route from Harvard Square to Brookline.
Birmingham said the city could afford to build the new road without borrowing the money and that the road was unnecessary because the route through North Harvard St., Brighton, was “far superior” to the proposed road.
“Because Harvard College, which doesn’t pay a cent of taxes to the city, wants this route, everything must be put aside. Let Boston build within the debt limit, as it did the Exchange St. job, after the Legislature had refused for four years to allow borrowing,” Birmingham said.
The bill was put forward by the Metropolitan Planning Division and Boston Mayor Nichols. Testifying in favor of the bill, was Henry I. Harriman, representing the division, said the new route was needed and that it would cost $435,000.
Day Baker, representing the Massachusetts Automobile Dealers’ Association, testified in favor of the new route.