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Liz Breadon announces candidacy to represent Allston-Brighton on Boston City Council. Says campaign will focus as much on the future as on the present.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2018

Boston, Mass.   Liz Breadon, a 20-year resident of Brighton’s Oak Square, said today she is running for Boston City Council to represent Allston-Brighton. As the District 9 City Councilor, she will advocate for more affordable housing; improved public transportation, streets, and bike paths; protecting the trees and green spaces that protect our environment; and restoring programs and funding at Brighton High and all Boston Public Schools.

“I am running to be a forceful advocate for policies and zoning that will help Allston-Brighton adapt to change without losing the people and small businesses that make these neighborhoods great places to live,” she said. 

“We need to reverse the trends that hurt the stability of our community, such as declining home ownership and growing gentrification. A-B needs housing that young people and families can afford, housing that enables middle- and lower-income workers and artists and seniors to stay in the neighborhood,” she added.

Allston-Brighton is experiencing an unprecedented wave of so-called transit-oriented development without any perceivable improvements to the transit system. Breadon believes Allston-Brighton residents need to be able to get around safely, efficiently, and affordably. 

“You can grow old on the B Line and in the traffic that slows the 57 and other bus lines to a crawl. Or, you take your life in your hands on a bicycle because there are so few bike lanes,” she explained. 

Calling attention to the loss of green space over the last 10 years, Breadon said, “Allston-Brighton has less green space than almost any other Boston district, to the detriment of residents’ health and well-being. That’s partly because developers, including institutions, can make more money with buildings than with trees. And partly because we haven’t had any real protections.” 

Another focus of the campaign will be Brighton High, which has lost funding and critical programs year after year. Breadon said these cuts hurt the very students that need education the most and lead to fewer students attending the school, which leads to more budget cuts. “Someone needs to stop the downward spiral and publicly stand up for these kids,” Breadon said.  “And I will, including working to get institutions that own so much land in Allston-Brighton to pay the Payment in Lieu of Taxes the City asks for."

Breadon, a longtime community activist, says people are ready for a change.

“Everywhere I go I hear the need for a passionate advocate for our neighborhoods and a champion for Allston-Brighton,” Breadon said. “As the next district city councilor, that’s just what I’ll be.”

Breadon will hold her campaign kickoff On May 1, International Workers’ Day, at Porter Belly’s Pub 338 Washington Street, Brighton Center, 5-7 PM.

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Liz Breadon immigrated from Northern Ireland, in 1995 and made Oak Square her home. A community activist and bridge builder, Liz joined with neighbors to secure the Presentation School as a community resource, helped organize the successful fight to save the Faneuil Branch Library, and founded and led the Progressive Coalition of Allston-Brighton. She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College and worked as a physical therapist at Boston Medical Center and the Perkins School for the Blind.

 

Committee to Elect Liz Breadon
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