Citizen Seminar to Ponder 40 Years of Development

(6-24-97) -- An insider's view of urban renewal will be offered at Boston College on Wednesday when past and present directors of the Boston Redevelopment Authority gather to reflect on 40 years of development planning in the Hub.

"Boston's Legacy of Planning," a forum co-sponsored by Boston College's Citizen Seminars and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Robsham Theater.

Moderated by Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor (History), a noted Boston historian, the panel discussion will include current BRA Director Thomas N. O'Brien and past directors Edward Logue, Robert Kenney, Robert Walsh and Robert Ryan.

In the decade after its founding in 1957, the BRA played a central role in major urban renewal projects - such as the Prudential Center and Government Center - that reshaped the Boston landscape.

Today, the authority is involved in a number of high-profile projects that will shape the city's economic future, including a convention center and development of the waterfront. Widespread calls have been raised for a master plan to guide this development.

The event is free and open to the public.

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