Boston Discusses CPA as Mayoral Election Approaches

September 18, 2013: A new survey conducted by the Boston Preservation Alliance demonstrates that most candidates running to be Boston’s next mayor are proponents of the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

The survey, completed by nine of the twelve candidates, questioned the mayoral contenders on their stance when it comes to preservation and their opinions on how to achieve continued or increased preservation efforts.

Although all nine respondents acknowledged that historic buildings and preservation initiatives positively impact the city’s growth and success, there was some discrepancy among candidates as to how those efforts should be funded. Seven of the respondents agreed that adopting the Community Preservation Act in Boston could enhance the city’s budget for local historic preservation, affordable housing, and open space initiatives. 

The seven candidates who favor CPA include Felix Arroyo, John Barros, John Connolly, Charlotte Golar Richie, Michael Ross, Martin Walsh, and Bill Walczak.

To learn more about the survey and its findings, read the Boston Preservation Alliance’s full report here.

CPA was also recommended by a recent affordable housing study. Menino's latest housing report highlights the need to keep expanding housing options that are accessible to poor, seniors, professional demographics without raising costs. Following the release of the study's recommendations, a Boston Globe editorial discussed the merits of adopting CPA for Boston.