Wu signals shift in development priorities with planning that favors neighborhood issues over a downtown skyscraper
One of her first big moves is to say she’ll focus first on East Boston neighborhoods grappling with rising rents and climate change.
In a clear early signal of her development priorities, Mayor Michelle Wu is pumping the brakes on a long-debated plan that would allow a skyscraper on the edge of Boston Harbor, saying her administration will focus first on better planning of waterfront development in East Boston, the Globe’s Catherine Carlock reports.
It’s a notable shift, one that likely further delays developer Don Chiofaro’s 600-foot tower on the site of the Boston Harbor Garage. It instead will focus attention on a rapidly changing neighborhood across the harbor, where pricey new development is transforming a once-industrial waterfront that’s under threat from rising sea levels.
“We can’t say ‘equity’ and prioritize downtown over East Boston,” said the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, the city’s chief of environment, energy, and open spaces. “Our commitment to equity requires us to focus on East Boston and not delay it anymore.”
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