Your Sept. 19 story “Residents rail against pot shop” quotes my recent public comment to the Select Board about how my neighborhood has changed since NETA began retail sales in March. Indeed, both Brookline Village and High Street Hill have seen not only an increase in litter, public consumption, public urination, illegal parking and vandalism, but also serious problems with traffic, speeding, pedestrian safety and confrontations with NETA customers.

A group of Coolidge Corner residents spoke to the Select Board that same night, urging them to keep any marijuana shops at all from opening in their neighborhood. However, most of us in High Street Hill and Brookline Village simply need better regulation of NETA’s operations, enforcement of existing laws and improved transparency, public input and communication around such high-impact developments.

Most of my neighbors support marijuana decriminalization and appreciate seeing new faces on our streets. What we do not appreciate is having a huge volume of inconsiderate drivers blocking driveways, parking on sidewalks, speeding, threatening children using crosswalks, endangering pedestrians, creating gridlock, honking, slamming doors, shouting and sounding alarms. Due to an almost total absence of police foot/bike patrols, residents also find themselves in the awkward position of having to remind NETA customers of Brookline’s idling and parking laws. This all goes on until 10 p.m., every day, seven days a week. We don’t even get a break on what used to be quiet holidays like Labor Day. Shorter evening/weekend hours, more holiday closures, appointment-only sales and/or home delivery would go a long way. It’s our understanding that such changes can be mandated by the Select Board and Town Meeting.

We don’t all mind NETA’s being our neighbor — as long as they’re a good neighbor. I’m actually hopeful that their taxes might help us finally make progress on our school overcrowding crisis. But we need to know that the town will use its considerable resources and political capital to represent residents; to bring balance to the skewed equation of profit vs. public good; and to ensure that marijuana operations are just as well-regulated as those of other adult-only products, like alcohol and cigarettes.

All of Brookline will benefit from NETA’s tax revenue. The impact fee funds from NETA should be used only in our two overburdened neighborhoods, which are hosting a lucrative business that brings in 2,500 customers each day and tens of millions in revenue each year.

Corporate greed cannot outweigh public good. It’s the duty of Town Hall and our elected officials to make this right.

Kerri Ann Tester

Walnut Street