Editorial: Fix the map, already

September 7, 2012
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority for years used a deliberately incorrect map of Boston neighborhoods to analyze census data. Mission Hill doesn’t exist on the map, being lumped into Jamaica Plain, which itself is drawn with wacko borders. The map infected City agencies, resulting in incorrect info on just about every major program.

After much crusading by the Gazette, the BRA last year finally started using a map that includes all neighborhoods, mostly with common-sense borders.

Unfortunately, the BRA does not seem to have warned anyone about the old, bad map. It continues to lurk, popping up most recently in a Boston Public Schools committee’s analysis of neighborhood school performance. All of that analysis is significantly wrong.

The BRA today has a great neighborhood map. Time to tell every City department about it.

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