To: Brian Golden, BPDA and Sheila Dillon, DND

Public Land for public good

To the City of Boston: Public land is a precious resource, and we believe that community control is important to ensure that public, community needs are prioritized. When disposing of public land, we urge that the City give highest priority to proposals that 1) conform to the community master plan or community-defined priorities, 2) include affordable housing goals that match the community's needs and provide for the longest term of affordability, and 3) offer the highest level of community resident ownership and control.

Why is this important?

As local planning processes happen across the City, we need a City-wide strategy to prevent displacement. City agencies that hold land should explicitly put these priorities in their Requests for Proposals.

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Reasons for signing

  • As a former employee of the Department of Neighborhood Development involved in community planning in Boston neighborhoods, I know how crucial setting clear priorities for affordable housing creation is in city dispositions.
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  • I support this message wholeheartedly.