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.