Last week, the city of Boston told about 120 people living on Atkinson Street by Mass. and Cass to remove their tents and vacate the area, while also offering them access to shelter and substance-abuse treatment. That message was followed by the latest in a long line of clearances in the community near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, which has been the epicenter of Massachusetts’ intertwined addiction, homelessness and mental-health crises for years.

In the wake of the latest intervention in the neighborhood, Adam Reilly talks with GBH News’ Tori Bedford and former Bay State Banner senior editor Yawu Miller about how Wu’s approach to Mass. and Cass differs from her predecessors, and whether Wu’s claims of progress in the neighborhood hold up.

Do you see the situation at Mass. & Cass improving or not? And whatever the answer, what else would you like to see the mayor, state government, and other stakeholders do to address the problems that converge there? Send us a message at, or share your thoughts via the Talking Politics page.

You can watch the discussion below right now, or catch the full show at 7 p.m. on GBH 2. Subscribe to the GBH News’ YouTube channel to get alerted to future episodes.