Local organization JP Progressives hosted Mayor Martin Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson in two separate forums to discuss their visions for the city in light of their battle in the mayoral election.
Both candidates were asked questions about a variety of local issues, including housing, safety, homelessness, and union contracts. The forum for Jackson was held on July 18, while the forum for Walsh was held on July 20. About 100 people attended each forum at the First Baptist Church.
On the issue of housing, Walsh said that the Plan: JP/Rox has yet to draw in any affordable housing. The adopted plan—which still needs to go through zoning review—is a result of a year-long process of collecting community feedback, and recommends strategies around affordable housing, jobs, businesses, and guidelines for urban design in the area along Washington Street.