Growth and Development

State officials unveil their Amazon proposal

State officials unveil their Amazon proposal

Bid touts the state as a whole, including Patriot Place

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FROM THE HOME of the New England Patriots to a mall in Leominster to oceanfront property in Lynn, 26 different sites in Massachusetts want to host Amazon’s second headquarters and the 50,000 jobs that will accompany it, according to a proposal state officials released Friday. Rather than backing one specific site,(...)

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The vision for Amazon at Suffolk Downs

The vision for Amazon at Suffolk Downs

Developer says approach won’t change if tech giant goes elsewhere

THE DEVELOPER OF SUFFOLK DOWNS said his company’s vision for the 161-acre property matches almost exactly what Amazon is looking for in a second headquarters, and he insists that vision won’t change much if the tech giant ends up going somewhere else. Thomas O’Brien, the president of HYM Investment Group, said his company bought the(...)

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Are homes only for the upper-class?

Are homes only for the upper-class?

Reduction in middle-class homeowners is threat to Mass. economy

HOMEOWNERSHIP HAS TRADITIONALLY been a marker of middle-class life, and a tool for vaulting families solidly into the middle class. Sustainable homeownership builds family wealth, and helps stabilize neighborhoods. But over the past decade, the nature of homeownership in Massachusetts has shifted drastically. Middle-class families in Massa-chusetts are increasingly struggling to access homeownership—especially in greater(...)

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Attract Amazon + fix the T

Attract Amazon + fix the T

Leverage new HQ to extend, connect Blue Line

WE BOTH HAD THE SAME THOUGHT as soon as we heard about Boston vying for Amazon’s new headquarters facility: Locate it at Suffolk Downs and leverage the opportunity to take a giant leap forward in improving local and regional mobility. Suffolk Downs on paper is an ideal site for a large campus complex: over 100(...)

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First the Greenway, now the waterway

First the Greenway, now the waterway

Walsh sees parks/levees along Fort Point Channel

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH wants to transform Fort Point Channel into a waterway lined with parks that would serve almost as levees during periods of storm surge. During an address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Walsh said he envisioned using fill to build slightly elevated parks up and down the length of the(...)

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Give us a break, Amazon

Give us a break, Amazon

Forget tax breaks, think about your obligation to the country

IT’S A STORY TYPICAL of 21st century America. Amazon, a $150 billion company with $12 billion a year in profit and more than $20 billion in the bank, tells governments across North America they should drop what they’re doing and compete, with just a few weeks notice, for the promise of thousands of new workers(...)

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Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

Millennium promises shorter Winthrop Sq. tower

To address airport concerns, height will drop at least 73 feet

THE DEVELOPER MILLENNIUM PARTNERS agreed on Monday to cut the height of its proposed tower in Winthrop Square from 775 feet to at least 702 feet to ease concerns raised about the building’s impact on flight patterns out of Logan International Airport. The lower height, presumably, will also reduce the building’s shadow impact on Boston(...)

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Massport raised concerns about tower in Dec. 2016

Massport raised concerns about tower in Dec. 2016

Higher than 710 feet is a problem, letter says

The following is a December 22, 2016, letter from Stewart Dalzell, Massport’s deputy director of environmental planning and permitting, to Matthew Beaton, the state secretary of energy and environmental affairs, regarding the proposed tower from Millennium Partners at 115 Winthrop Square. Dear Secretary Beaton: On behalf of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), thank you for(...)

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A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences

A Boston tower and the law of unintended consequences

Building above FAA height limit will affect traffic at Logan

I WAS REALLY BAD IN MATH and physics in college. My brain was wired to appreciate things like alliteration and metaphor, not equations or abstract laws of nature. But I remember one law that was referred to on occasion – how every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  That’s what I’m discussing today –(...)

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Where have all the children gone?

Where have all the children gone?

Students are disappearing in western and central Mass.

EVERY 10 YEARS, the Massachusetts Legislature must go about the arduous task of redistricting our House and Senate districts. Because of the continued shift in population within the state, each decade the districts creep farther toward Boston. The same is also true whenever Massachusetts loses a congressional seat.  In 1962, we had 14 congressional districts.(...)

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