Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is taking some heat over the city’s outdoor dining policy for the North End. The plan calls for North End restaurants to pay $7,500 plus other monthly fees to participate in outdoor dining, while at the same time being allowed a shorter outdoor dining season than other neighborhoods.
Some residents of the North End have applauded the effort, while some restaurateurs have called the mayor’s actions as discriminatory. The Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi and Boston Post-Gazette’s Pam Donnaruma joined Talking Politics Host Adam Reilly to discuss Mayor Wu’s next steps and her planned resolution — which has, so far, included a compromise of "hardship waivers" — but still has some protesting her administration.
Massachusetts State Rep. Mike Connolly and Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance Executive Director Symone Crawford joined Talking Politics to discuss the growing housing crisis in the state.
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Watch: Some North End Restaurant owners say Mayor Wu's outdoor dining plan is discriminatory