1- Planning and Zoning: We encourage legitimate, thoughtful and reasonable growth and zoning plans for Boston, and maintenance of a zoning code which prioritizes quality-of-life for Boston residents. Longer term, we should consider the evolution of the BRA/BPDA in a post-Covid environment.
2- Restaurants, Liquor and Entertainment Licensing: We need to catalyze substantial improvements to Boston’s licensing system and remain vigilant against 24-hour Entertainment Zones. We must also leverage the post-Covid reopening to “reimagine” Boston public accommodation experiences.
3- Transportation and Infrastructure: We must kickstart long-neglected central city transportation planning, link transportation investment with large-scale real estate projects, and solve ongoing parking, traffic and pedestrian safety woes for city residents.
4- Housing, Environment, Open Spaces: Reaffirming our residential focus, we must ensure that short-term rental expansion does not adversely affect housing supply or residents. We also must preserve and protect our parks and achieve a higher open-space ratio in downtown Boston.
5- Public Health for All: As Boston recovers from the Covid epidemic, we must be vigilant in protecting our residents – particularly too-often-neglected older residents – from future health emergencies. This begins with elders living in institutional housing, but must also include the growing number of elderly “aging in place” in our larger residential community.