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As Boston’s new mayor, Martin J. Walsh has repeatedly promised that the city’s building boom would continue under his administration, even as he vowed a top-to-bottom overhaul of its chief planning agency. But three months into his term, the pipeline of major new proposals has slowed to a trickle. Some of the lawyers, developers and neighborhood activists who drive development in Boston say they are unsure who is responsible for making key decisions on real estate projects.
There’s still no permanent director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. John Barros is the city’s new economic czar overseeing business development, but neither he nor the mayor has become immersed in the details of development. Meanwhile, the mayor has launched an audit of the BRA and terminated all the employees in one of its divisions, slowing deliberations over projects.