Two-thirds of the questions were prepared in advance by the moderator and a committee of the event sponsors -- the Brighton Allston Improvement Association and the Allston Civic Association -- while one-third were submitted by members of the audience at the beginning of the evening. Candidates were given one minute to respond to each question, two minutes for introductory remarks at the beginning, and another two minutes for closing remarks. The event went over its allotted time, just like BAIA meetings often do.
Audio of the event, in MP3 format, can be heard by clicking through the links below. Each file contains one response from each candidate.
- Introductory Remarks
- Housing / Open Space / Public Safety
- Casino Gambling
- Institutional Expansion
- Public Schools
- Zoning / Licensing
- Audience Questions, Round 1
- Audience Questions, Round 2
- Closing Remarks
Many thanks to Harry Mattison, of the Allston Brighton Community Blog, for hosting these audio files on his HarvardInAllston website. Thanks are also due to: the event sponsors, BAIA and ACA, and their presidents, Dick Marques and Paul Berkeley; the organizing committee, including Abigail Furey, Donal Carroll, Jason Karakehian, and Mark D. Trachtenberg; Bill Mills and Boston College's Office of Governmental and Community Affairs for providing the sound system; the audience, for providing many interesting questions; and the candidates for showing up and giving many insightful answers.
A transcript of the forum, or at least a partial one, should be available here in a few days.