City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large), says this morning you can change its name all you want, but the agency that demolished the West End and continues to use political relationships and special exceptions to a creaky zoning code to benefit the well off is not what Boston needs in an era of accelerated growth.
Wu, running for re-election next month - and possibly for mayor in two years - will hold a meeting today to detail her proposal, starting at 5 p.m. at the Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Ave. in the South End. Her report is online, at a URL that sums up her proposal: abolishthebpda.com.
"After two scathing audits in 2014 and 2015 revealed the extent of the then Boston Redevelopment Authority’s lack of accountability, little has changed - save for a $675,000 rebranding in 2016," Wu writes in a report on why the agency needs to be destroyed, its property returned to direct city control, its urban-renewal areas dismantled and a new planning agency be created to guide Boston's growth to better benefit its current residents and small businesses.
"The stakes are too high to preserve the status quo. The BPDA is woefully unprepared for the challenges facing this great city," she writes. "The people of Boston deserve better."
Bostonians have, of course, heard candidates discuss breaking up the then BRA before. One even made it a campaign pledge when he ran for mayor in 2013.
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