Dec. 14, 2019. East Boston, MA. City Life/Vida Urbana led a rally and march to demand that 50% of the residential units built at the proposed develop
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Date taken:December 14, 2019
Location:East Boston, Massachusetts
Dec. 14, 2019. East Boston, MA. City Life/Vida Urbana led a rally and march to demand that 50% of the residential units built at the proposed development at Suffolk Downs should be affordable for people earning 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Tom O’Brien (of HYM Investment Group) and William Bruce Harrison are planning to build the largest residential development in Boston's recent history at the old Suffolk Downs racetrack. They want to build a new luxury neighborhood with almost 10,000 new housing units that will largely be too expensive for most East Boston residents. Organizers believe this will lead to a segregated neighborhood for the rich and cause large rent hikes for abutting residential areas. Greater Boston Legal Services and the Lawyers for Civil Rights drafted letter to the The Boston Planning & Development Agency explaining CityLife/Vida Urbana's ongoing concerns about the development stating that: "A project of this magnitude, in a lower-income, historically immigrant community suffering from rising rents, must incorporate a far fuller set of benefits for the communities of color harmed and displaced by the proposed redevelopment." Marchers called for sufficient affordable housing in the plan for the land as well as protections from displacement for residents of the surrounding East Boston community, a largely low-income, Latin American immigrant population. © 2019 Marilyn Humphries