“Governor Baker’s comments regarding Boston’s Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan make little sense,” said CLF Senior Counsel Peter Shelley. “It is ironic that the governor won’t accept the City of Boston’s decision, since state officials have always touted the importance of local control in this planning process. The Superior Court made it clear: the Baker Administration’s process for handling municipal harbor plans violates state law. Governor Baker’s decision to ignore Mayor Janey’s request further politicizes what is already a deeply flawed process that puts developer interests ahead of public access rights and the environment.”
“The waterfront really is — legally — supposed to be a resource for everyone’s enjoyment,” Moran told GBH News. “The last time around, [developers] really drove the conversation because they came to the table with, you know, pretty much a fully baked idea of what they wanted to do. That’s why we have a plan that’s focused on two individual parcels over a 42 acre-wide district,” she said. “I don’t want to see this redo be focused on responding to, or tweaking, the existing proposals. I think we really need to take a step back and take this opportunity to think outside the box — and think about what else is possible.”
“Mayor Janey made the right decision today,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Boston’s developer-driven MHP process is fundamentally flawed, and the Downtown MHP would have resulted in less public access to one of the city’s greatest treasures – Boston Harbor. It’s time to reform the planning processes for all waterfront neighborhoods to elevate the public’s voice and right to access the water. We look forward to working with the city to achieve this goal.”
If you’re like me, then, after a year of isolation and quarantine, you’re ready to get outside and celebrate summer. What better way to enjoy summer in the city than by spending time with friends and family along Boston’s waterfront? But here’s the thing: Things aren’t all that rosy when it comes to our waterfront.… Continue reading Enjoy Boston’s Waterfront This Summer… and Reclaim Your Space
Este conjunto de herramientas te brinda los recursos para ayudarte a organizar una reunión pública de Coloca una Manta, desde las listas de control hasta las invitaciones de muestra y los comunicados de prensa.
This toolkit provides you with resources to help you organize a public Pitch-a-Blanket gathering, from checklists to sample invitations and press releases.
“This ad hoc, parcel-by-parcel, project-by-project resilience approach is not a long-term solution,” she said, asking instead for “a better strategy” to bring the development community into conversation and leverage new development to build protections that benefit the entire neighborhood.
“These regulations impact everyone in Massachusetts, “said Peter Shelley, Senior Counsel at CLF. “The state can’t just rubber-stamp its way out of this problem and ignore the tidelands development principles it broke. The public needs to be involved in every step of this process and officials must offer more than just two public meetings. Access to the waterfront is enshrined in Massachusetts law and it must stay that way.”
In 2018, CLF sued to prevent the plan from moving forward, and last month, the court ruled in our favor. Here’s what you need to know about that decision and what still is at stake in this critical case.
With life expected to slowly return to some semblance of normal by the summer, we must continue to find ways to promote public health and the economy. But we also must protect the public’s right to access open space along the city’s waterfront.