Mike Freedberg reports that based on its fast growing population, Boston could be in line to pick up two new state-rep districts in redistricting after the 2020 census.
He says it's past time that Roslindale - which is traditionally the place where district lines go to die - should get to make up the largest piece of a one of those new seats. And as long as he's doling out a district to the neighborhood, he lists several possible candidates for the new seat.
Currently, Roslindale is split between three state representatives - Russell Holmes, Angelo Scaccia and Liz Malia (it is also split between two state-senate districts, two congressional districts and three city-council districts).
One possible reason Roslindale might not get its first state rep since Marc Draisen left in 1995: Much of Boston's population increase has come from new development, but Roslindale has been one of the turtles of Boston neighborhood development - even West Roxbury has seen more growth. Freedberg says that based on projections, each new district will need about 44,000 residents. Roslindale could very well fall well below that.