Allston Civic Association President Anthony D'Isidoro chats with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu before a ceremony creating an independent planning department/Banker & Tradesman Staff Photo by Steve Adams

As you read this, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is signing an ordinance to largely replace the Boston Planning & Development Agency with a new Boston Planning Department. Boston City Councilors OK’d the move last week, but state legislators still need to act on a separate home rule petition to complete the process.

We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s newsletter, but in the meantime, a Banker & Tradesman editorial from February summarized what’s changing, and what’s not changing under the new system (in short, not too much, as far as the Article 80 development review process goes).

The ceremony is being held at The Last Tenement in the old West End (below, Wu and Allston Civic Association President Anthony D’Isidoro talk while waiting for the event to start).

It’s a fitting choice given the mayor’s belief the BPDA never truly left behind the undemocratic sins that led to the West End’s demolition in the early 1950s – the same reasons she fought hard to bring its planners and development-review bureaucracy formally under city control.

What else is on tap today?

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The B&T Daily: April 2, 2024

by Cassidy Norton time to read: 2 min