September 4, 2013 | Wesley Lowrey | Boston.com
City Councilor Michael P. Ross today released his housing plan and announced an endorsement by a well-known urban planner who is joining his campaign.
Barry Bluestone will join the campaign as senior adviser on housing and economic development. He is the founding director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the founding dean of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.
“We can’t be afraid to look outside City Hall for good ideas.” Ross said. “I’m honored to have the support of Professor Bluestone, and I look forward to working with him and other experts and community advocates to help grow our neighborhoods and ensure that recent graduates, returning empty nesters, recent immigrants, and life-long residents are able to call Boston home.”
Before founding the Dukakis Center, Bluestone was a professor of political economy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as director of Boston College’s Social Welfare Research Institute and was a policy staff member for US Representative Richard Gephardt.
Bluestone was a major contributor to Ross’s housing plan, which the candidate also rolled out today.
In the plan, Ross commits to building 10,000 units of transit-oriented development and mix-rate housing along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line by 2020; increasing the required percentage of affordable-housing units in new development to 15 percent; and requiring more family-sized two- and three-bedroom units in new multi-family developments.
“Boston is on the edge of a housing boom, and Mike Ross has the vision to make sure that we can grow our neighborhoods while keeping Boston affordable,” Bluestone said in a statement.