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Boston Set to Require Diversity Data on Private Real Estate Projects

Michelle Wu
Michelle WuPhotographer: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Boston officials are proposing that all big private development projects be required to report on how many women and people of color will work on them, a plan they called the first of its kind in the US.

The proposed requirement, which would apply to projects over 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters), aims to address the longstanding lack of diversity in the city’s commercial real estate industry. It is expected to be approved Thursday by the Boston Planning and Development Agency board.