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The race for mayor

Mayoral candidates discuss economic development

The take-away

Eight of the mayoral candidates focused largely on economic development and city planning at Tuesday night’s forum, with many of the hopefuls calling for changes at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. They also stressed the importance of youth jobs, the creative economy, public transportation, environmental initiatives, and improving Boston’s public schools.

Sponsored by: Allston Board of Trade, Brighton Board of Trade, Brighton Allston Improvement Association

Location: WGBH studios, Brighton.

Attendees: Councilor-at-Large Felix G. Arroyo, Councilor-at-Large John R. Connolly, Councilor Robert Consalvo, Charlotte Golar Richie, Councilor Michael P. Ross, State Representative Martin J. Walsh, Bill Walczak, Councilor Charles C. Yancey

Quotes of note

Councilor-at-Large Felix G. Arroyo, on a change he will make to the authority if elected:

  • “We will have a planning department that’s outside the BRA that comes first.”


Councilor-at-Large John R. Connolly:

  • “If you want safer streets, you need better schools.”

Councilor Robert Consalvo:

  • “I’d like to see the city embrace technology better.”

Charlotte Golar Richie:

  • “I would see myself [as mayor] calling upon the knowledge, experience, the skills, of the city council.”

Councilor Michael P. Ross:

  • “If affordable housing is a principal of our city . . . it shouldn’t be the first thing we negotiate away when a developer comes in.”

State Representative Martin J. Walsh:

  • “I think that we’ve made some great strides in the last couple years on education, but we’ve waited too long to do that.”

Bill Walczak, on what will change if he is elected:

  • “One of the things that will definitely change is the lack of our involvement in master planning across the city of Boston.”

Councilor Charles C. Yancey:

  • “The children of Boston have not had a new high school built since 1979.”

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