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Both mayoral candidates look to remake BRA

A rendering of Harvard University’s proposed Allston campus.
A rendering of Harvard University’s proposed Allston campus.Harvard University/file

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Both candidates to be Boston’s next mayor say they would overhaul or eliminate the Boston Redevelopment Authority, raising the specter of sweeping change at a powerful agency that has defined development in the city since the 1950s.

The dismantling of the BRA would fundamentally change the way Boston reviews major building projects that alter the downtown skyline and outlying neighborhoods.

Mayoral candidate Martin Walsh on Thursday proposed replacing the BRA with a new economic development agency whose director would work under a contract and be less beholden to the mayor’s office.

Walsh’s opponent in the election, City Councilor John Connolly, has proposed similar changes to the BRA, advocating for a separation between its planning and development arms, as well as term limits for board members.

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