What is the community’s role in shaping development? To help answer this question, we hosted a discussion on ways to ensure that we have a real voice in the outcome of the future of our neighborhood.

John Goldstein, a national expert in community benefits agreements, discussed his experiences with CBAs involving community coalitions, developers, and city government. Andre Leroux, executive director of the MA Smart Growth Alliance, shared more information about the state legislation that MSGA and LOCUS are proposing for Union Square, called a “community benefits district.”

A video of the session was posted thanks to SCATV: