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Caring for our Neighborhood Fabric

Planning, Development, & Historic Preservation 


As the former Planning Co-Chair for the Bay Village Neighborhood Association, Kenzie has stood up on behalf of the interests of our historic urban neighborhoods in the city’s planning and development processes. Serving as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Back Bay Gateway Project, she helped gather the perspectives of an array of local neighborhood and business groups into a unified letter that prompted meaningful project modifications. She also pushed in 2015 and 2016 for reform to the BPDA’s urban renewal powers. Kenzie will always work as a city councilor to ensure that resident voices are heard in public processes and that development is pursued in the context of the needs and historic assets of our neighborhoods. She is in favor of:


  • Reform of the BPDA’s urban renewal powers to promote greater transparency and more effective community governance.

  • A predictable, readily understandable city process for the permitting of establishments selling cannabis, in place of the current inconsistencies and deep confusion.

  • Serious scrutiny of all 121A tax deals, and a strong priority on using public land for public purposes.

  • On-site affordable housing as the default preference (vs. off-site financial contributions).

  • Significant investments in the public realm -- from street trees to wider sidewalks to seating -- whenever a large development is underway.

  • New buildings built to high green standards and with excellent air filtration systems when located near highways.

  • Zoning that allows neighbors and developers alike to form legitimate expectations about what sorts of uses and buildings will be permitted on a given lot.

  • Design that meets the street well and engages city residents at the human scale.

  • Respect for historic architectural assets, both by minimizing negative impacts on such buildings and by ensuring that new buildings relate well to their surroundings.


Kenzie’s love of history was first nurtured by learning the stories of Boston’s historic downtown neighborhoods -- and ultimately led her to earn a Ph.D. in history. She cares passionately about preserving the precious legacy of our historic districts and buildings. As a vestry member of Trinity Church, she has a stewardship role over a national architectural landmark, and she knows how much active care such buildings require. Kenzie is proud to have helped secure the city’s first dedicated stream of public funding for historic preservation, via the Community Preservation Act campaign. She shares the desire of the Boston Preservation Alliance to see historic preservation and landmark concerns inserted earlier in Boston’s development process, so as to allow proposals to be modified appropriately early on rather than through late, contentious battles.


Safe & Livable Streets


Kenzie supports serious city investment in and commitment to the “Vision Zero” principles that prioritize pedestrians first of all and then vulnerable cyclists in our street and intersection designs. To keep people of all stages of life in the city, we need sidewalks that are safe for our children to play on and streets that are safe for our elders to cross. As a citizen, Kenzie has experience advocating for the redesign of an unsafe crosswalk. She supports protected bike lanes, dedicated rapid transit bus lanes, and efforts to slow the speed of our downtown streets. She is also in favor of increased parking enforcement to keep more spots in active circulation. Kenzie will work tirelessly to implement creative solutions to the new traffic and safety challenges raised by ride-sharing applications like Uber and Lyft, by applications like Waze that encourage drivers to cut down side streets, and by the possible introduction of electric scooters. 


Parks & Public Space


Kenzie believes that some of District 8’s greatest treasures are its parks: the Public Garden, Boston Common, Esplanade, and Commonwealth Mall; the Muddy River and the Fenway Victory Gardens; Kevin Fitzgerald Park and community garden space in Mission Hill. Kenzie grew up playing in Boston’s parks and is proud that her work to pass the Community Preservation Act has already resulted in the planting of more trees on the Esplanade and the design of a real park at Charlesgate, where Storrow Drive ramps have frustrated Olmsted’s vision for so long. As a City Councilor, Kenzie will be a strong advocate for our parks, and also for more street trees and parklets to improve our urban tree canopy across the district. Our parks and community gardens are key sites of recreation and rejuvenation for us city residents, and also central to Boston’s climate resiliency strategy. In the efforts to invest more in our parks, Kenzie looks forward to working with strong private partners and advocacy groups like the Esplanade Association, Fenway Garden Society, Friends of the Public Garden, Boston Parks Advocates, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mission Hill Health Movement, Charlesgate Alliance, the Back Bay and Beacon Hill Garden Clubs, and many other organizations.


Mailing Address: c/o CTE Kenzie Bok, PO Box 140385, Charles St Station

Boston, MA 02114

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