Egleston-based Youth of Color Lead Multiracial, Multigenerational Disruption of BRA Rezoning Meeting
The group also approached Dana Whiteside from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, who committed to responding within a week to the request for an additional three months in the planning process.
* 40% below $25,000
* 10% from $25,000-$35,000
* 10% from $35,000-$50,000
* 5% from $50,000-$60,000
* 5% from $60,000-$70,000
"About 50% of people in the neighborhood make less than $35,000," said Sanchez, "and having 70% affordable housing lets people who are getting displaced here (or were displaced from other neighborhoods) have a place to live."
The percentage for each of these income levels is within 2% of U.S. Census data obtained from the American Community Survey 2010-2014, using the census block groups that most closely match the study area.
In contrast, the BRA's proposal calls for thousands of new market-rate units with only 30% affordable housing and a small amount for lower-income families, accelerating gentrification and threatening the diversity of the neighborhood.
Protesters formed a large circle at the meeting, and organizers led a call-and-response statement to announce the demands. The protest ended with vibrant chants including "If we don't get it, shut it down!" and "I believe that we will win."