Editorial: Keeping meetings open

May 25, 2012
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The May 3 meeting of the City-appointed Impact Advisory Group (IAG) for the Home for Little Wanderers redevelopment must have been pretty interesting, considering that most IAG members later issued a letter blasting the project.

But we can only guess, because the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) did not publicize the meeting and did not respond when the Gazette asked where and when it would be.

The BRA has a long history of complaints, in JP and citywide, about its IAGs and community advisory committees (CAC) holding secret or closed-door meetings. In 2009, JP’s Jackson Square CAC (which doubles as an IAG) attempted to ban the Gazette from its meetings. The BRA eventually announced that its staff will no longer attend community meetings that are not open to the public.

The first step in making a meeting open to the public is letting the public know about it. We hope that the lack of notice about the Home for Little Wanderers IAG meeting was just a mistake and that the BRA will welcome the general public and the media to observe this important review process.