City Council redistricting map must protect neighborhood cohesion
The Boston City council is reasonably close to agrement on a new nine-district map that conforms with growth and shifts in population over the past decade. But there are still some raw spots. Successful redistricting requires keeping so-called communities of interest together sufficiently to ensure that ethnic groups, language groups, and economic classes aren’t disenfranchised. Neighborhood cohesiveness should trump incumbent protection as the process nears completion.