District Seven residents have too little power over City policies that affect their lives. With issues ranging from education to development, too many residents of our communities don’t find out about them until the “fix is in.” Over the last few decades the trifecta of economic, political and social disinvestment has taken its toll on the district. When people ask, what’s in it for me?” and City officials can’t come up with an honest answer, there is no incentive for District residents to get involved.
This has to change.
The interests of the residents of the District are an afterthought, irrespective of the issues. In order to deal with the problem, whatever it may be, we have to first acknowledge the problem exists, deal with all the manifestations of the problem, and realize that residents have a right to be consulted to address the solution. More
We must define “affordable” to fit the actual median income of Boston residents, which is much less than the Area Median Income (AMI). Therefore, we must deal with an affordable housing definition that is responsive to the actual income of Boston residents. More
The office will serve as a clearing house for folks to get the information they need in a timely fashion.
I will use my office to increase transparency and accountability, so that residents will get real-time information about all the issues and City policies that impact their neighborhoods. More
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