The Boston City Council finally emerged last week with a racially balanced and legally defensible redistricting map after 17 months of bickering over the lines of Boston’s nine council districts. The result is as satisfactory as one might hope, given the pressure on incumbents to protect their political bases.
Two councilors deserve special credit for their willingness to put the good of the city ahead of political self-preservation. District 5 city councilor Rob Consalvo, who is white, relinquished supportive precincts in Roslindale and adopted minority precincts in Mattapan to solidify a fourth minority district in the city. First-term councilor Frank Baker sacrificed several supportive precincts in the Lower Mills and Fields Corner sections of Dorchester to balance population figures in a nearby district.