Petition: Mayor Walsh, meet with community groups about Suffolk Downs redevelopment

“Particularly now that the Trump Administration is rolling back efforts to further fair housing laws, the city must redouble its efforts in this regard.” -Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

Dear Mayor Walsh:

We represent City of Boston residents in solidarity with working class East Boston residents who have recently sent you a letter requesting an emergency meeting with you and representatives of the BPDA to discuss grave concerns about the BPDA board’s scheduled March 12th vote on the Suffolk Downs PDA.  

As the letter from a coalition of grassroots East Boston organizations sent on Jan 10, 2020 to Ms. Rojas and Mr. Czerwienski said, “the proposed project would essentially create a predominantly segregated neighborhood, with housing costs and rents for the vast majority of units prohibitively expensive for Boston’s households of color, the disabled and other protected classes.” And “[a]pproving a new, essentially segregated neighborhood in Boston, as set forth in the Suffolk Downs proposal, would violate BPDA’s duties under its enabling act and regulations, as well as the City of Boston’s fair housing obligations, including its duty to affirmatively further fair housing.”

The issues we are most concerned with are the amount and type of affordable housing in the project and the measures that the developer and the city will take to mitigate the heightened displacement pressure in East Boston caused by this project.  This is a matter of great urgency, and we need your leadership to ensure that current and future East Boston residents will not be harmed and can benefit from the largest housing development in Boston’s recent history.

Sincerely,

City Life/Vida Urbana
Greenroots
Cosecha 
CCDS - Centro Cooperativo de Desarrollo y Solidaridad
NUBE - Neighbors United for a Better East Boston
Boston DSA
Boston Solidarity

En español:

"Particularmente ahora que la Administración de Trump está retrocediendo los esfuerzos para promover las leyes de vivienda justa, la ciudad debe redoblar sus esfuerzos en este sentido". -Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (Comité de Abogados para Derechos Civiles)

Estimado Alcalde Walsh:

Representamos a los residentes de la Ciudad de Boston en solidaridad con los residentes de la clase trabajadora de East Boston que recientemente le enviaron una carta solicitando una reunión de emergencia con usted y representantes de la BPDA para discutir las graves preocupaciones sobre la votación programada para la junta de la BPDA el 12 de marzo sobre el PDA de Suffolk Downs. 

Como decía la carta de una coalición de organizaciones de East Boston enviada el 10 de enero de 2020 a la Sra. Rojas y al Sr. Czerwienski, "el proyecto propuesto esencialmente crearía un vecindario predominantemente segregado, con costos de vivienda y alquileres para la gran mayoría de las unidades prohibitivamente costoso para los hogares de color de Boston, los discapacitados y otras clases protegidas ". Y" [a] probar un nuevo vecindario esencialmente segregado en Boston, como se establece en la propuesta de Suffolk Downs, violaría los deberes de la BPDA bajo sus leyes de habilitación y regulaciones , al igual que las obligaciones de la ciudad de Boston de vivienda justa, incluyendo su deber de promover la vivienda justa de manera afirmativa ".

Los problemas que más nos preocupan son la cantidad y el tipo de viviendas asequibles en el proyecto y las medidas que el desarrollador y la ciudad tomarán para mitigar la presión intensa del desplazamiento en East Boston causada por este proyecto. Este es un asunto de gran urgencia, y necesitamos su liderazgo para garantizar que los residentes actuales y futuros de East Boston no sean perjudicados y puedan beneficiarse del desarrollo más grande de viviendas en la historia reciente de Boston.

Sinceramente,

City Life/Vida Urbana
Greenroots (Raíces Verdes)
Cosecha 
CCDS - Centro Cooperativo de Desarrollo y Solidaridad
NUBE - Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (Vecinos Unidos para un East Boston Mejor)
Boston Democratic Socialists of America (Socialistas Democraticos de America en Boston)
Boston Solidarity (Solidaridad Boston)

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