Boston mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh have sharply criticized the Boston Redevelopment Authority during the campaign, saying the powerful agency must be reformed or dismantled to make development more accountable to residents and businesses.
But no matter which one of them takes office in January, it will be difficult and time consuming to turn the tough talk into action . Some say it may also be unwise when the city is in the midst of an historic surge in real estate development.
Connolly and Walsh have said the agency must be overhauled to become more transparent, and that they know how to do it. In the years before the campaign, both candidates frequently appeared before the BRA board to support a wide array of major development projects that promised jobs, neighborhood improvements and economic growth. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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