Boston Preliminary Recap

Boston City HallWe’re anticipating a fine final for Boston municipal elections. We discussed yesterday’s outcome as well. We can’t wait for actual debates instead of those dreadful forum thingummies, and much deeper and broader media coverage of issues for the final.

We differed on how various mayoral candidates did, among an overwhelming field of 12. We also see the two for the final — Marty Walsh and John Connolly — differently. Listen in below as we debate what each brings and has to do to differentiate himself for the final.

Mike buys into Rob Consalvo‘s earlier judgment that Boston voters did not want big changes. He figured his little-better-everywhere strategy would work, but it really didn’t this time. While Ryan disagrees, Mike sees Bill Walczak and Mike Ross as the most visionary in their platforms, therefore harder sells.

A strong area of agreement though was in development, particularly housing. We both figure that creating affordable (and taxable) housing in the tens of thousands of units will be a great challenge, opportunity and necessity for the new mayor.

Listen in to two varying takes on the election.

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