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Walsh vows ‘era of transparency’ pursuing Boston business growth

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, shown with John Fish of Suffolk Construction at the convention center, shared his vision for the BRA in speech Thursday.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, shown with John Fish of Suffolk Construction at the convention center, shared his vision for the BRA in speech Thursday.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Thursday he will introduce a “new era of transparency” in pursuing business growth in Boston that will require a major overhaul of its primary economic development agencies in the months ahead.

In remarks before hundreds of real estate executives, Walsh promised that his planned reforms will not interfere with a period of strong construction activity in the city, and that he will aggressively recruit new businesses and building projects.

“We will keep our economy growing,” Walsh said. Shortly after his remarks, the Boston Redevelopment Authority Thursday night approved its first massive development under Walsh—an expansion of the Landmark Center complex near Fenway Park that will result in a Wegmans supermarket, 550 apartments, and a new public park.

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