Timed for Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association’s (CHAPA) gubernatorial candidates’ housing forum going on right now at Faneuil Hall, the Patrick campaign is releasing its housing plan. We’ve received a copy, which you can look at here (MS Word format) or here (PDF format).
I’ll be soliciting some comments from folks who are supposed to know something about housing. In the meantime, have at it.
And if anyone was at the forum, tell us how it was.
Andy’s liveblogging it. Don’t you just love our MA BlogLefters?
UPDATE: OK, we can run down the major points:
- Why don’t they just re-hire Doug Foy if they get elected? Very pro-transit, pro-smart growth. Seems to be a consensus on that one — although some think it’s a zero-sum choice between transit expansion and maintenance. I’m interested to hear how Patrick — or any candidate, for that matter — squares that circle.
- They seem to be out front on the “credit crisis”, resulting in rising levels of foreclosure. That will be more and more of an issue as interest rates rise.
- What I don’t see is a willingness to do some real zoning reform. That’s a real sticking point in increasing the housing supply, and whoever pursues it is going to piss a lot of people off.
FURTHER UPDATE (by David): Here’s the key portion of Patrick’s 8:44 pm press release on his housing plan:
The housing paper was released earlier today to the Blue Mass Group political website and the entire proposal can be seen at www.bluemassgroup.com.