Janey plans hearing on 'gentrification'

Boston’s development boom - and its impact on longtime residents - are prompting calls for greater action by elected officials.

City Councillor Kim Janey — who represents parts of Dorchester and Roxbury in District 7 — says she’s calling for more urgency in how the city deals with displacement.

“We see this economic boom throughout the city of Boston, we see this housing boom in terms of more housing being built, and yet too many families in Roxbury are still feeling the pinch and are not able to afford to stay in the neighborhood that they grew up in,” Janey said.
Janey is asking the City Council to hold a hearing on gentrification in Roxbury.

The Walsh administration says it is focused on increasing the housing supply — with the number of new affordable housing units more than doubling over the last three years.