3.6 min readBy Published On: October 16th, 2022Categories: News13 Comments

Community Groups Resolve to File Suit if Approved by the City Council and Mayor

BOSTON – With the City’s redistricting process currently underway, there are at least two proposed maps that would divide South Boston into District 2 and District 3. In particular, these maps would separate the Anne Lynch Homes at Old Colony and West Broadway Development into District 2 and District 3. If a map that splits South Boston is passed, this will negatively impact neighbors, communities of color, our seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities who live in these housing developments, and greatly impact the ability for our residents to act together and advocate for their common interests.

Proposed Map Below:

The redistricting process will determine the makeup of each of the 9 City Council districts for the next ten years, and various maps can be proposed to be considered. Currently, there are maps proposed that would split South Boston into different districts, which will dilute the voices of South Boston residents. These actions would run contrary to longstanding redistricting principles of the preservation of prior districts and maintaining communities of interest.

In response to these maps, Council President Ed Flynn and the South Boston Elected Officials will be hosting an emergency meeting on redistricting on Wednesday, October 19th, 6pm at the Condon School (200 D St, South Boston) to discuss with neighbors about where we are in the process, and gather input from residents.

“One of our utmost priorities is to keep South Boston as a neighborhood together in District 2, so that this community can continue to be cohesive and not be divided into different districts,” said the South Boston Elected Officials in a joint statement. “We will oppose any map that proposes to separate South Boston into different City Council districts, especially as it impacts the representation and voices of neighbors living in public housing developments.”

“The proposed redistricting maps would divide our community and the West Broadway Housing Development to two separate districts, diluting our community’s collective voice,” said Phyllis Corbitt, President of the Anne Lynch Homes at Old Colony Resident Task Force, as well as Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants. “We urge that these maps be withdrawn, and that our community of South Boston be united, particularly our public housing communities, so that we get the representation we are entitled to.”

“We are aware of the proposal to divide Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony and the West Broadway Development into two separate districts,” said Mercy Robinson, Executive Director of South Boston En Accion. “This proposal worries me as Executive Director of SBEA and a long-time resident of South Boston. Most, if not all of the diversity in Southie sits within the streets of the three Boston Housing Developments in South Boston. With most of the residents falling well under the poverty line, separating them straight down the middle of one of these developments is counterproductive on many fronts.”

“We are in opposition to any plan that would divide our community,” said Kathy Lafferty, Executive Director of the South Boston Neighborhood House. “There has been so much effort put in to unite our neighborhood – the work of community organizations, elected officials and neighbors coming together to create a cohesive community – and this plan just creates further division. We ask that this proposal be withdrawn.”

“The proposed maps would divide South Boston and our communities of interest. We oppose this move and ask the Committee to withdraw the proposal. If not, we will join with other parties in filing suit to protect our community’s rights,” said Thomas McGrath, President of the South Boston Citizens Association. “The City Council should be looking to unite our communities and our city, not divide us.”

“The proposed maps would divide Ward 6 into 2 districts for the first time, and our Ward fits entirely in the neighborhood of South Boston,” said Robert O’Shea, the Chair of Ward 6 Democratic Committee. “We urge the City Council to unite our Ward and our community of South Boston in District 2 as it has historically been,  so that we get the representation our community of interest deserves.”

For more information on the meeting on Wednesday, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and  [email protected]

Take a moment to read our Breakdown of the whole Redistricting Process here. 

13 Comments

  1. John A Sullivan October 16, 2022 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Leave South Boston as one district, find someplace else to split in two districts. South Boston is a wonderful community, and as such should be left alone. Splitting a community in two makes the community weaker, and South Boston has been through enough over the years.

  2. George October 16, 2022 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    United we stand divided we fall.

  3. Joe cook October 17, 2022 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Enough is enough !!!!!! Stop 🛑 torturing our community as a whole ! I stand united in opposition with all of my life long neighbors of Southie.

  4. Worked my way out October 17, 2022 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Splitting the projects out is actually good, having 10th generation residents just taxes the resources of those of us who started off with less, but worked hard to get out!

    • Re: “Worked Your Way Out”… October 20, 2022 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      …so when a maggot crosses the street, out of the projects, and punches your mother in the face and you call “your” city councilor and are told “Oh, that’s not my district anymore”…you’re gonna be ok with it?
      Use your head for something besides a hat rack.
      THIS IS HOW IT STARTS, people!!!

  5. Nope October 17, 2022 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Would this mean that the South Boston resident sticker lets you park down town? or is this purely for census stuff?

    • Maureen Dahill October 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      This is just political redistricting. It would’t change the parking permit.

  6. Carole H. Sullivan October 17, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    This proposal serves no useful purpose to the families in question. This community has been working together for many many years. Remember you not trying to split parcels your splitting people/families, veterans/seniors, folks that are a part of the community…..Our community!!!!!

  7. Resident October 18, 2022 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Maybe I”m not fully understanding the cons of this but because our neighborhood has gown so much and still growing doesn’t it make sense to right size by having 2 districts?

    • Re: “Resident”… October 20, 2022 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      …”cons” is a great way to put it. This is nothing BUT a “con”.
      It’s political payback against the White guy who recently removed Arroyo from a plum position, which ironically (not even a little) had to do with this very subject. Plain and simple.
      Additionally, the proponents want the housing project votes moved into an increasingly-minority district so as to take advantage of the potential, again, increased number of votes/voters for a potential (most assuredly, actually) minority candidate in the next election, who will be running against, again, one of those mean White men who have had it “too good , for too long”.
      I believe (no…I KNOW, actually) that the Teenager-In-Chief at city hall refers to them as “White problems”.

      You’re welcome.

  8. Koz October 19, 2022 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Simply put this measure is an attempt to dilute the political power of South Boston. SB has historically had the highest voter turnout in the city. SB has always enjoyed disproportionate political clout due to residents civic participation. Mayors, Senate Presidents, City Council Presidents all emanated from this neighborhood. Not to mention the US Speaker of the House John McCormack. If you can’t beat “‘‘em divide ‘em! It’s a wake up call for Eddie Flynn otherwise a great political family’s demise will be ended by gerrymandering.

  9. Dan Leblanc October 19, 2022 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Doesn’t this potentially give South Boston the chance to get 2 of 9 seats on city council increasing political clout for the area? That is if we have good candidates? I can see the benefit of both keeping it the same and splitting it into two.

  10. Melissa October 19, 2022 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Will this is live streamed?

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