Tuesday September 20th – Lynn, MA #RentersDayOfAction protest at City Hall focuses on fight against gentrification and displacement
LYNN, MA – A brief rally featured testimony from Lynn residents impacted by the housing crisis. The event focused on the fight against gentrification and displacement; the need for equitable development that creates affordable housing and good, union jobs accessible to local residents; and the importance of a strong coalition among community organizations and organized labor.
The crowd then headed in to City Hall for a Conservation Commission hearing on the first of a series of planned new developments on Lynn’s waterfront. This initial development is currently set to include 348 high end apartments with no affordable units at all.
As the crowd entered the hearing room in City Hall, the Conservation Commission announced that a last minute request by the developer to have the hearing postponed had been received earlier in the day. The crowd then returned to the front steps of City Hall, with many seeing the postponement as a positive development allowing more time to build pressure on the developer.
It is unclear if the developer made the unexpected postponement request due to growing public dissent over the project. Agreement was reached Monday for a meeting between the developer and a coalition of community and labor groups concerned about the project. Also, Lynn United for Change highlighted the project during a protest for affordable housing and union jobs at a “developer tour” on Tuesday morning.