Advocacy Alert | January 9, 2017

Shadows from 200 Clarendon, mid-afternoon Dec., 2016

Dear Friends,

Now is the time to let the Boston Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) and your elected officials know your opinion about the Winthrop Square development proposal and the threat of shadows on our parks.

The deadline for BPDA public comment period on the Winthrop Square proposal is January 16, 2017 now extended to January 20, 2017.  Please email the Project Manager, Ms. Casey Hines, at as well as call your elected officials including the City Council and the Mayor with your comments about shadows and our parks.

Individual messages are the most impactful, and please include your personal thoughts about these iconic parks.

We have included some of the important talking points about the Winthrop Square proposal.

  • Winthrop Square proposal violates the State’s shadow laws
  • Preserve sunlight, prevent shadow creep in our historic parks
  • Amending the shadow laws would set precedent for future developers to seek exemptions resulting in more shadows on the two parks.
  • There should be a comprehensive, long-term development policy, not one-off decisions or exceptions
  • Boston Common and the Public Garden are national treasures and would be damaged by the shadows. Both are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and are City and National Landmarks.

Below is the list of emails (formatted so you can copy and paste) and phone numbers of the elected officials, City Councilors, and the Mayor.

Mayor Marty Walsh                          617-635-4500

State elected officials:

Byron Rushing 617-722-2783
Joe Boncore 617-722-1634
Aaron Michlewitz 617-722-2220
William Brownsberger 617-722-1280
Jay Livingstone 617-722-2396

Boston City Councilors:

Michelle Wu 617-635-3115
Frank Baker 617-635-3455
Andrea Campbell 617-635-3131
Mark Ciommo 617-635-3113
Annissa Essabi George 617-635-4376
Michael Flaherty 617-635-4205
Tito Jackson 617-635-3510
Sal LaMattina 617-635-3200
Bill Linehan 617-635-3203
Timothy McCarthy 617-635-4210
Matt O’Malley 617-635-4220
Ayanna Pressley 617-635-4217
Josh Zakim 617-635-4225

Comments can also be left on the BPDA Winthrop Square page.