Boston is booming, as jobs in tech, medicine, and education attract waves of young professionals. But this success came at a cost, forcing working-class and middle-class families to leave the city in search of affordable housing.
Key points from the 2021 elections
Ms Wu has vowed to fight gentrification, with policies designed to help low-income residents stay in the city, such as removing transit fees, imposing some form of rent control, and the redistribution of city contracts to businesses owned by Black Bostonians. .
It won’t be easy for her to deliver. Rent control, for example, has been illegal in Massachusetts since 1994, so reinstating it would require statewide legislation. The most recent effort to overturn the ban on rent control was flatly rejected by lawmakers last year, by 23 votes to 136.
His plans to restructure the city’s planning agency have worried many in the real estate and construction industries, which flourished while Mr Walsh was mayor. And Ms. Wu will have to take control of a sprawling government apparatus whose powerful voters can slow down or block a new mayor’s agenda.
Wilnelia Rivera, a political consultant who supported Ms Wu, said she would face pushback.
“The reality of power is that it never wants to give up, and we’ll see what that looks like once we cross that bridge,” she said. “She will have to recreate this coalition of power. It would be nice to have a mayor who is not necessarily in the back pocket of all the power players in the city.
Ms. Wu comes in with high expectations for change and will face pressure to act quickly. One of the city’s most popular progressive figures, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, warned she risked disappointing those who backed her.
“What I won’t do is allow our community to have a merchandise bill sold and then when someone walks into the office nothing happens,” she said.