Landsmark BRA board appointment moving forward

Jamaica Plain resident Ted Landsmark’s appointment to the board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) appears to be moving forward after a delay.

Mayor Martin Walsh appointed Landsmark to the BRA board earlier this summer. But that appointment was put on hold while Landsmark resolved his departure from the Boston Architectural College, where he served as president.

Landsmark did not respond to a request for comment.

Nick Martin, spokesperson for the BRA, said that Landsmark received a “very positive” hearing in front of the City Council on Sept. 3. His nomination was expected to voted on by the entire City Council on Sept. 10, after the Gazette deadline. If confirmed, Landsmark would be able to join the BRA board for its next meeting on Sept. 18, according to Martin.

“Mayor Walsh has nominated a very knowledgeable and passionate advocate in Dr. Landsmark, and we were pleased by the positive reception he received at today’s hearing. We look forward to the vision and fresh perspective that he can bring to our board if his appointment is successful,” said Martin.

Besides his BAC work, Landsmark is well-known as a civil rights and arts community activist. A 1976 news photo of Landsmark being attacked by racially motivated anti-busing activists—one of them attempting to hit him with an American flag—on City Hall Plaza won the Pultizer Prize as an iconic image of that crisis.

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