Housing Activist Bruce Marks Named the Boston Globe Magazine’s Bostonian of the Year for 2007

The Boston Globe Magazine selects housing activist Bruce Marks as its 2007 Bostonian of the Year. In choosing Mr. Marks, the Globe Magazine cites “his relentless advocacy and sensible innovation in working to find a way out of the mortgage crisis that affects so many.” This is the fourth year that the Globe Magazine has selected a Bostonian of the Year. Previous winners have included Governor Deval Patrick, Big Dig whistleblower Edward Ginsburg, and Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein.

According to Globe Magazine editor Doug Most, the turbulent housing market stood out this year as a multi-faceted issue with widespread consequences including a record number of homeowners facing foreclosure with little support. In a note to readers, Mr. Most says, “Bruce Marks has made his share of enemies in his relentless push to get banks to provide fairer loans. But what is inarguable is that his tactics kept many people in their homes and convinced some mighty big lenders to change their ways. He’s showed how one very determined person can make a difference.”

The Globe Magazine features an in-depth profile of Bruce Marks written by staff writer Neil Swidey. The article sheds light on the complex personality of Mr. Marks and his controversial history as a relentless advocate for those with lower incomes, and a fierce fighter who earned the animosity of bank CEOs.

In addition, the Magazine profiles a variety of other notable Bostonians who broke political conventions, repaired notorious reputations, and created storybook seasons in 2007.

The Bostonian of the Year is selected by the editors of The Boston Globe Magazine, with input from Globe readers who are encouraged to email their suggestions each year to bostonian@globe.com .

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