Boston's Mayoral Race 2021

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Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey Delivers Farewell Speech

Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey Delivers Farewell Speech

Acting Mayor Kim Janey — Boston’s first woman and first Black resident to serve in the top post — bid farewell to the office Wednesday, ticking off a series of accomplishments during her brief tenure, including helping the city navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid Free T Talk, Speaker’s Eye on MBTA Maintenance

Amid Free T Talk, Speaker’s Eye on MBTA Maintenance

Boston Mayor-elect Michelle Wu’s push for a fare-free T has generated a lot of buzz on Beacon Hill, and now House Speaker Ronald Mariano wants his concerns about MBTA maintenance to catch her attention.

Boston’s New Mayor Faces Crucial Choice

Boston’s New Mayor Faces Crucial Choice

Wu has pledged to rezone the entire city, with new rules of the road for developers, set by people who live in the Boston’s many neighborhoods. But there are two very different versions of how that could turn out.

Now the Hard Work Begins

Mayor-elect Michelle Wu should consider making several of her rival’s important policy proposals her own as she embarks on what will doubtless be a lengthy citywide rezoning process that should allow for more as-of-right growth.  

Arts Groups Want Spotlight in Future Development

Arts Groups Want Spotlight in Future Development

Boston Mayor-elect Michelle Wu has some ideas about how to save the city’s cultural venues from extinction. Her arts-and-culture platform calls for the city’s zoning code to be updated with new requirements for studio, rehearsal, performance and live-work artist housing.

Michelle Wu Wins Boston Mayoral Race

Michelle Wu Wins Boston Mayoral Race

At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu has declared victory over fellow At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George in the race to be Boston’s next mayor.

How Boston Candidates Would Retool Real Estate

How Boston Candidates Would Retool Real Estate

Boston mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George have some common critiques about how the city regulates real estate development, but their approaches reflect the difference between a gut renovation and a teardown.

Can’t Boost Home Ownership Without More Homes

Boosting first-generation and first-time homebuyers has become popular among banks and politicians looking to boost their communities. But without commensurate effort to boost home building, these efforts will come to naught in the face of plenty of all-cash offers.

Why Boston Candidates, Banks Want to Boost Homeownership

Why Boston Candidates, Banks Want to Boost Homeownership

From Boston’s mayoral race to the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda, boosting homeownership rates is being held up as the most important solution to reducing the wealth gap between white households and people of color.

Essaibi George, Wu Clash in Final Mayoral Debate

Essaibi George, Wu Clash in Final Mayoral Debate

Boston City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu clashed on everything from rent control to public transportation as they faced off Monday in a feisty, final televised debate of Boston’s historic mayoral contest. Essaibi George repeatedly faulted Wu on a...

In Their Own Words

Editor’s note: Acting Mayor Kim Janey was invited to, but did not submit a column outlining her vision for development nor one detailing how she would address Boston’s housing crisis.

As Mayor, I’ll Ensure Our Housing Stock Keeps Pace with Our Growth

By Annissa Essaibi George

By updating processes, investing in our existing programs and truly prioritizing affordable housing, the next mayor can ensure our housing stock will meet the demands of both current and future residents. Read more.

Business as Usual Won’t Grow Boston’s Housing Supply. Here’s What I’ll Change

By Michelle Wu

We need urgent action from City Hall to boost the supply of housing – housing that’s affordable to the residents who have built and sustained our neighborhoods, and to families and newcomers looking to put down roots here. Read more.

Boston Residents Must Shape Neighborhoods’ Future

By Annissa Essaibi George

The future of our neighborhoods must be shaped by the voices of our residents. We need to make the development process as public and accessible as possible. It’s not just about where and when public meetings are held, but who is seated at the table, what language they’re speaking, and how – not if – they follow up with the community. Read more.

Boston Must Lead the Way in This Transformative Moment

By Michelle Wu

To remain a global leader in talent and opportunity, Boston must lead the way in transforming livability and affordability for everyone making a home here: bringing down the cost of living for our workforce and boosting civic infrastructure for quality of life. Read more.

Bostonians Need Homes to Thrive. This Is How I’ll Achieve That

By Andrea Campbell

No mayor can snap her fingers and transform Boston’s housing stock overnight. But by acting on this list of priorities on Day One, we can take steps toward creating a Boston where longtime residents aren’t pushed out, where young residents can start a family, where employers can attract talent and where we no longer see national headlines spotlighting our city’s deep racial wealth gap. Read more.

To Address Prices, Displacement, Boston Must Boost Housing Production

By John Barros

In every major city that’s tried it, from New York to San Francisco, the effects of rent control are clear: Less new housing is produced, and rents increase for anyone not protected by rent control’s narrow rules. The long term results are higher rent, more displacement and reduced economic growth. Read more.

Growth Must Lead to Shared Prosperity in Boston

By Andrea Campbell

Boston needs a mayor who has a vision and a plan to expand access and opportunity to all corners of the city. The time has come for a leader who not only understands that development can be a driver of economic and social opportunity, but also provides the partnership with the private sector necessary to serve long-time Bostonians while welcoming new residents, families and businesses. Read more.

Boston Needs a Bold and Inclusive Development Strategy

By John Barros

I will support neighborhood-based growth plans by creating and supporting shared ownership programs and community land trusts. This is a huge opportunity to improve housing affordability for low-income and people of color, while giving communities greater ownership stake over the future of their neighborhoods. Read more.