Boston Bound:

A Comparison of Boston's Legal Powers with Those of Six Other Major American Cities

December 15, 2007
Gerald Frug (Brandeis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School) and David Barron (Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)

This policy brief is based on "Boston Bound: A Comparison of Boston's Legal Powers with Those of Six Other Major American Cities," a report by Frug and Barron published by The Boston Foundation. the City of Boston lacks the power that six other major American cities — Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle — enjoy to shape its own future. It is hard to understand why the Commonwealth should want its major city—the economic driver of its most populous metropolitan area—to be constrained in a way that comparable cities in other states are not.