It doesn't need full replacement - in fact the BPDA actually does all of the things Wu advocates for: planning, transparency, communication, etc. Just take a look at some of the project timelines on its website and you'll see years of IAG meetings, neighborhood meetings, city meetings, etc.Yeah, what's peoples' general stance on this? I know the BPDA has a muddled history and corruption problems, but does it need full abolishment? Or would some reforms work better?
Is Wu's replacement council much different?
The problems Wu highlights should be aimed at the Zoning Board of Appeal and the Zoning Commission, not the BPDA. The ZBA makes decisions based on nothing more than the Chairwoman's preferences, the recommendations of local neighborhood associations and/or mayoral liaisons. It is a complete embarrassment. If Wu or George wants to change how things are done, the goal should be to take as much out of the hands of the ZBA as possible through the Zoning Commission i.e. change the zoning code to allow what the city wants to see as-of-right - no ZBA required. The problem with this easy solution is residents will never allow, dense multifamily housing without parking allowed as-of-right and Wu will listen to them.