Harvard Kennedy School
University of California Los Angeles
Brian Doherty, Secretary/Treasurer, Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member
City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development
Marcy Ostberg, Director, Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab
Description of Fellowship
Housing with Public Assets is an inventive program aimed at helping address Boston’s housing crisis by developing affordable housing on top of city owned assets like libraries and fire stations. Working with the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the Housing Innovation Lab and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Maksim Wynn analyzed a large portfolio of assets to determine where redevelopment would produce the greatest public benefit. He did this through a combination of spatial and data analysis and by conducting interviews with community members, city officials, as well as for- and non-profit developers. Maksim’s work will help policy makers determine the right asset to redevelop first and then will help them expand the pilot in a strategic, flexible way that can meet a wide range of development priorities.