Robust regional agenda is already on the table for next mayor

Edward L. Glaeser is right to encourage Boston’s mayoral finalists to embrace a regional agenda (“Thinking outside the city limits,” Op-ed, Oct. 3), but significant efforts are already underway. The mayors and managers of 13 cities in the region’s inner core created the Metro Mayors Coalition 10 years ago, and have worked together on many issues, from reforming municipal employee health insurance to financing the state’s ailing transportation system. In fact, Mayor Menino has always been a strong participant in the coalition.

Hubway is already regional, with Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville operating the bike-sharing system together. They are expanding to more neighborhoods, and other cities, such as Newton, are eager to join.


The Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Development, including 66 cities and towns, is compiling a regional housing plan. Data used to create this plan already helped Governor Patrick set his goal of building 10,000 multifamily housing units each year.

These efforts are staffed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for Metro Boston. We already have more cooperation than people realize, but we certainly need more. For example, we concur with Glaeser that cities and towns should collaborate rather than compete for new businesses. We look forward to working with the new mayor to make that happen.

Marc D. Draisen

Executive director

Metropolitan Area

Planning Council


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