WGBH - Walsh Highlights Need for Affordable Housing, Education in Address
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Marty Walsh tapped into Boston's deeply Democratic DNA and offered a vigorous urban vision that embraced diversity, economic equality, and social mobility, highlighting the upgrade of the school district's physical assets and the continuing struggle for affordable housing.
President Donald Trump was not mentioned by name, but Walsh, speaking at Symphony Hall, spotlighted the nation’s lack of housing and infrastructure policies as deficits to be worked around or overcome.
"A government that’s supposed to be 'of the people, by the people, for the people' is shut down," Walsh said. "The state of our city is strong, but I’m concerned about the state of our union."
Walsh laid emphasis on education in Boston's public schools, housing and building the middle class in his speech, and hammered home the theme that diversity and inclusion must go hand-in-hand with economic growth and access to the middle class...