All summer long, I have been talking with voters and listening to their concerns about the aggressive development happening in our neighborhood. Most people know that we need to be a lot smarter about development. I’m happy to see that David Biele has followed my lead, at long last, and gotten around to talking about this issue.
However, David’s claim that he’ll protect the neighborhood from too much development rings a little hollow. David Biele raised over $10,000 from developers this summer, and he used it to pay for newspaper ads and flyers telling you that he’ll stand up to developers.
Here are the facts:
- The developer of Washington Village on Old Colony Ave maxed out his contribution to David Biele’s campaign.
- The developer of the Massport Marine Terminal parcel maxed out his contribution.
- The CEO of the company redeveloping the Old Colony housing maxed out his contribution.
- The owner of Cedarwood, a developer currently building on East 3rd Street between I and K, maxed out his contribution.
And that’s just a few of many examples. David raked in campaign donations from every major developer with a business interest in our neighborhood. And as we know, money talks. Seeing this, can there be any doubt that David Biele is the developer’s choice in this race?
We need to make sure that our neighborhood gets our fair share of investment in public safety, transportation, parks, and schools. I’ll bring my years of state government and private sector experience to bear to advocate for the people of South Boston, and you can trust that I won’t be beholden to anybody.
Sometimes you need a new voice to fix an old problem. I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 4.
Development: My Promise to You
Community impacts are a more important consideration than developer profits.
I’ll make sure your concerns, big or small, are not just aired but acted upon—and I’ll follow up.
No more run-around from zoning attorneys.
I’ll push to level the playing field & make sure residents have as much information as insiders.
Bring back accountability.
If something is built that doesn’t stick to the agreed-upon plan, developers must understand that fixing it is their responsibility.
Focus on traffic impacts.
Roadway congestion is out of control. We need a multi-faceted response that slows cars down, reduces cut-through traffic, provides enough public transit options to meet demand, and fairly considers our parking needs. We can do all this at once.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
I’ll regularly update constituents about the inner workings of their government via email, social media, and the papers.