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Last week Mayor Marty Walsh declared to the business community that he will introduce a “new era of transparency” to economic development in the city. I decided to put that to the test.
My first request: Could I interview Brian Golden , the newly-named acting director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the agency in charge of economic development? Golden, a Menino holdover and former state representative, had been the second in command, but no one really knows him because it had been the Tom Menino and Peter Meade show. Meade, the last BRA director, had the ear of the mayor and left along with him. For days, I e-mailed and called, and e-mailed and called again. Then I was told Golden couldn’t talk because none of Walsh’s temporary agency heads were talking.