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On Nov. 2, Boston voted in Michelle Wu as its new mayor, the first woman, person of color, and Asian American elected to the role. This section covers the run-up to the historic election, and will be charting the beginning of the new administration.
Empty office towers could pose a risk for Boston’s bottom line. Here’s how.
Thursday was the deadline for landlords to seek tax relief from City Hall. Many experts think there'll be a wave of filings amid a slump in the office market.
Mayor Wu files ordinance to move BPDA under City Hall, create city planning department
The move is part of her larger effort that she says will redesign and promote efficiency, predictability, and transparency in the city’s development approval processes.
Michelle Wu doubles down on the politics of ‘free,’ from the MBTA to museums
During her State of the City address on Tuesday, Michelle Wu announced that Boston Public Schools families will soon be able to enjoy free admission to a number of museums on the first and second Sunday of each month.
Where the mayoral candidates got their support
This interactive map shows votes received by Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George down to the precinct level.
For now at least, no tax breaks to jumpstart stalled housing, Wu says
Incentives that could help a project meet certain financial requirements would be a welcome change, many developers said.
chesto means business
After frosty start, Mayor Wu’s relationship with the business community appears to be warming
Wednesday's Chamber speech, and the response, reflects a growing recognition that the mayor and the business community need each other for Boston to thrive.
More about Boston's mayor-elect
Who is Michelle Wu, the first Asian American and first woman to be elected mayor of Boston?
Here are some important things to know about the newly elected mayor.
The one when Michelle Wu opens a café — and finds a passion for trying to make government work
Before she was a lawyer or a city councilor or a mayoral candidate, before she was a wife or mother, Michelle Wu was the owner of a literary-themed café in Chicago.
‘Redefining what leadership looks like’: What Michelle Wu’s win means for representation
“To have somebody who is the face of the city,” said Sam Hyun, chairperson of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission, “it’s absolutely historic.”
Michelle Wu’s policy proposals on five major issues facing Boston
We break down Michelle Wu's policy platforms on five major issues: housing and rent control, education, racial justice/policing reform, business, and climate change.
City council at-large
City Council race
New Boston City Council takes shape
A new Boston City Council is taking shape after an array of competitive races, including five open seats, brought significant turnover to the city’s legislative body, and some historic firsts. Voters also weighed in on issues such as policing and affordable housing.
Halbert concedes to Murphy, who wins fourth at-large seat on the Boston City Council
Erin Murphy edged David Halbert by 325 votes.
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The issues that matter
On policing, Boston mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George are miles apart
Essaibi George’s policing stances have cast her as a more centrist figure in the race, while Wu’s unabashed progressivism and calls for reform contributed to a decisive victory in September’s preliminary contest.
One of the biggest fights Boston’s next mayor will face: keeping control of the public schools
Both Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu say they are up to the challenge of overhauling the Boston Public Schools system, and neither wants the district to be taken over by the state.
Voters say housing is their top priority. In a contested stretch of the city, what do they actually want?
The next mayor will have to steer Boston through a housing crisis that increasingly splits the city’s haves and have-nots.
Unfair dress codes, no hip-hop, few local clubs: These are the issues around nightlife in Boston Black voters want addressed
A forum last month highlighted how Boston’s party scene is failing Black communities.
Black News Hour presented by The Boston Globe
Run by Black journalists at The Boston Globe, “Black News Hour,” a new radio program, delivers reliable news that connects with our community and expands on deeper issues impacting our city.
Wu names two to BPDA board
The mayor named outgoing Boston Housing Authority Administrator Kate Bennett and business representative Raheem Shepard to the powerful city board she plans to abolish.
Mayor Wu’s affordable housing plan pushes forward, but resistance remains
Housing advocates are asserting that Wu's changes don’t go far enough, while developers warn they will stifle new production.
Wu administration will offer tax breaks to turn office buildings into housing
Boston is set to launch a pilot program to encourage residential conversions amid struggles in the office market and the city’s ongoing housing crunch.
Wu floats long-awaited rent control proposal, but many hurdles remain
The proposal — a signature issue for Wu — faces a long road to final approval at City Hall and on Beacon Hill.
‘More and more toxic’: Mayor Wu cuts back on Twitter following Musk chaos
Wu said she has largely cut back on using her personal account, @wutrain, though her staff will continue to post messages about official city business on her mayoral account, @MayorWu.
Boston petitions state’s highest court over vaccine mandates for police, firefighters
The Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments from attorneys for both the city and unions about Wu’s COVID vaccine mandate.
Is Long Island the answer to Mass. and Cass?
The 225-acre island once served as a refuge for those in need of a place to stay or treatment for addiction. Eight years after its closure, it still lays empty.
The Green New Deal is a concept, not a plan. Advocates say Mayor Wu is missing that so far.
Dozens of experts and advocates praised the mayor for doing far more than her predecessors to spotlight the climate crisis. But as Wu’s administration has struggled to find the right leader for city climate efforts, her broader mission remains undefined.
Arroyo renews calls for Hayden to resign at Suffolk DA debate after Globe story raised questions over prosecution of police coverup
The Democratic candidates for Suffolk district attorney took part in a debate Tuesday evening that focused on young people’s experiences in the court system but included barbs from a challenger who had called on the incumbent to step down just one day earlier.
THE GREAT DIVIDE
Progress stalls on agreement to avert Boston school takeover, city officials say
Commissioner Jeff Riley continues to balk at Mayor Michelle Wu’s proposed “partnership” between the city and state.