Boston's Mayoral Race 2021

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Can Michelle Wu Have It Both Ways on Development?

Can Michelle Wu Have It Both Ways on Development?

The front-runner in the Boston mayoral race has big plans for transforming Boston. But big plans require big money – the kind only created by rising tax receipts from new development.

Court Ruling, Variant Alters Landscape on Evictions

Court Ruling, Variant Alters Landscape on Evictions

A growing chorus of activists and lawmakers want to see action at the state and local level to stave off a potential surge of housing removals, warning that tenants are more “exposed” in the wake of a new U.S. Supreme Court decision lifting a federal eviction moratorium.

Harbor Move Raises Troubling Questions

Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s legacy of largely apolitical planning appears to be well and truly dead. Mayor Kim Janey’s withdrawal of the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan raises potent questions about the future of other supposedly-settled city plans.

Wu Has Strong Lead in Latest Poll

Wu Has Strong Lead in Latest Poll

The first public poll of Boston voters in almost two months shows at-large City Councilor Michelle Wu has pulled away from her competitors as the preliminary mayoral election draws near.

Janey Slams Brakes on Waterfront Towers

Janey Slams Brakes on Waterfront Towers

Citing an urgent threat of climate change to Boston’s waterfront, Acting Mayor Kim Janey said she is jettisoning the city’s rezoning of 42 acres that would allow development of a pair of new towers at the edge of Boston Harbor.

Janey Set to Weigh in on Waterfront Developments

Janey Set to Weigh in on Waterfront Developments

Acting Mayor Kim Janey is scheduled to weigh in today on the controversial rezoning of Boston’s downtown waterfront that holds the key to the fate of two major development projects.

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.