We also need to har­ness our col­lec­tive resources so that we can better com­pete on the world stage. According to the World Class Cities Part­ner­ship at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Boston loses more col­lege stu­dents to New York, San Fran­cisco, Wash­ington, D.C., and other cities than it retains. If we com­pete against each other in the inno­va­tion sector, we risk get­ting stuck in a race to the bottom instead of retaining the talent that we have developed.

We also need a Boston mayor who will oversee a col­lab­o­ra­tive vision for housing and trans­porta­tion. Many people in sur­rounding cities com­mute to work in Boston each day, and vice versa. We are con­nected by trains, buses, and bridges but have chron­i­cally under­in­vested in the infra­struc­ture that knits us together. Barry Blue­stone of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pre­dicted that Greater Boston may need to double or triple its housing pro­duc­tion to meet demand through 2020; without regional col­lab­o­ra­tion, it will be dif­fi­cult to meet the chal­lenge in a coor­di­nated, thoughtful, and equi­table way.

 

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