There are few engines in the city of Boston as powerful as the Redevelopment Authority. If that name sounds like something out of the Eisenhower Era, that's because it is.
The city has a Byzantine process for planning and authorizing major development projects — one that many other cities long-ago abandoned.
The BRA is tightly controlled by the mayor. It has a finger in nearly every major development decision in the city. And isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. The person who replaces Mayor Thomas Menino will wield some powerful authority, much of it through the running of the BRA.
Paul McMorrow, associate editor at CommonWealth magazine
This segment aired on May 31, 2013.