Housing

Home is where the house is

Home is where the house is

Housing crunch in Boston spreads need around to other cities

THERE IS A housing crunch in and around Boston. The city’s population is growing at a near-record pace and jobs are coming to the area with the potential for thousands more, if Amazon ever makes up its mind about its new headquarters. The cost of living in town is a deterrent to many young folks with(...)

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Home is where the house is

There is a housing crunch in and around Boston. The city’s population is growing at a near-record pace and jobs are coming to the area with the potential for thousands more, if Amazon ever makes up its mind about its new headquarters. The cost of living in town is a deterrent to many young folks(...)

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Boston housing officials shoot the messengers

Boston housing officials shoot the messengers

Employees disciplined for airing uncomfortable truth

THERE IS PLENTY to crow about in praising the good things about Boston. If you leave aside its insane housing costs, it’s one of the country’s most livable big cities. Crime rates are lower than in many other big cities, and the city’s public schools outperform many other large urban districts. But to suggest that(...)

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Boston housing officials shoot the messengers

There is plenty to crow about in praising the good things about Boston. If you leave aside its insane housing costs, it’s one of the country’s most livable big cities. Crime rates are lower than in many other big cities, and the city’s public schools outperform many other large urban districts. But to suggest that(...)

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Boston ups housing goal in face of population boom

Boston ups housing goal in face of population boom

Huge growth prompts city to revise production targets

BOSTON IS FACING a rate of population growth not seen in 100 years, an extraordinary influx that is prompting city officials to unveil new, more ambitious housing production goals to meet the soaring demand for new residential units. Boston officials, in a plan to released on Wednesday, vow to add 16,000 more units to the(...)

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A clash of housing visions

A clash of housing visions

Pro-growth ‘YIMBY’ conference arrives in Boston, faces pushback from tenant activists

SEVERAL HUNDRED ADVOCATES from across the country are descending on Roxbury Community College beginning Friday for a conference committed to the idea of building more housing to relieve a crunch that is pricing people out of booming coastal cities like Boston. The YIMBYtown convention is the national ingathering of a new movement – this is(...)

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A new Quincy

A new Quincy

Building boom looks to move city beyond its past without leaving it behind

QUINCY MAYOR THOMAS KOCH calls the MBTA’s Red Line the “spine” of his aging city. With four stops in North Quincy, Wollaston, Quincy Center, and Quincy Adams, the T’s Red Line allows residents to move around the city and connect with Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville to the north. These transit connections have long been the(...)

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Think tank sees peril in Boston luxury towers

Think tank sees peril in Boston luxury towers

Backs new taxes on units, fuller disclosure of owners

A NEW REPORT from a Washington-based liberal think tank raises concerns about the proliferation of luxury condominiums in Boston and urges policymakers to identify who all the new owners are and impose new taxes on them. The administration of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has largely welcomed the jobs and investment associated with the luxury construction.(...)

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Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5%

Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5%

New taxes expected to take effect in January 2019

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SHORT-TERM HOUSING UNITS rented through websites like Airbnb could be taxed at almost 17.5 percent in cities like Boston and Massachusetts would become the first state in the country to maintain a central registry under compromise legislation agreed to Sunday night by House and Senate negotiators. State officials have been trying(...)

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The waterfront is for all

The waterfront is for all

Officials cater to wealthy in access and development along Boston’s harbor

WALKING ALONG THE Boston Harbor waterfront today, it is clear that the area has come a long way from the days when the harbor was an open sewer and an elevated highway cut off the water from the rest of the city. For decades, neglected waterfront properties created few jobs, paid little in taxes, and(...)

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