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'Responsible' development is goal for coalition in the mayor's race

By Joe Byrne

There is a difference between responsible development that strengthens neighborhoods and development that doesn’t. Our city will be best served if our candidates for mayor acknowledge and discuss the differences so we build a more inclusive and equitable future for all Boston neighborhoods.

Making that discussion take place is why I founded the Responsible Development Coalition. I am a lifelong Bostonian and the leader of our region’s carpenters union. I care about my city and its workers who are trying to make a decent living while being able to afford to live in the city they call home.

Responsible development strives to make housing more affordable, create good-paying union jobs that offer equal pay and worker diversity, beautify neighborhoods, collaborate with local residents, use more environmentally sustainable building materials, maintain safe building sites, and pay all tax obligations.

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