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Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh is backpedaling from one of his most prominent campaign promises, telling business leaders Thursday that he is in no hurry to restructure the powerful city agency that has approved a burst of development in recent years.
During his campaign for mayor, Walsh said the Boston Redevelopment Authority needed an urgent overhaul, pledging to replace it with a new economic development entity that would be more transparent and responsive to residents and businesses.
But he acknowledged on Thursday that the proposal rankled many developers and business leaders, and he sought to reassure them that any reforms will not disrupt the building boom that is transforming much of the city’s downtown and outlying neighborhoods. “If there’s going to be changes they are going to be well thought out and it’s going to be a collaboration with the business community,” he said.