Growth and Development

Mega misses — or wins?

Mega misses — or wins?

With no Olympics or Amazon, we’ll just have to do our jobs

LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL KID  working to move past an unrequited crush, Boston told Amazon it just wasn’t that into the e-commerce giant anyway. Mayor Marty Walsh said he was proud to have made it to the “short list” in the HQ2 sweepstakes, but added, “our future will not be defined by a single company.”(...)

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Mega misses — or wins?

With no Olympics or Amazon, we’ll just have to do our jobs

Like a high school kid working to move past an unrequited crush, Boston told Amazon it just wasn’t that into the e-commerce giant anyway. Mayor Marty Walsh said he was proud to have made it to the “short list” in the HQ2 sweepstakes, but added, “our future will not be defined by a single company.”(...)

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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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Club to pay $36m toward $86m stadium

Club to pay $36m toward $86m stadium

Most of money is in lease payments of $1m/year for 30 years

THE CITY OF WORCESTER is building a new $86 million stadium for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate and charging the team roughly $36 million – two separate $3 million payments at the end of 2019 and 2020 and roughly $1 million a year in lease and tax payments spread out over 30 years. The(...)

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Worcester lands the PawSox

Worcester lands the PawSox

City to build publicly-owned Polar Park as part of $340m development

IN A COUP THAT WAS three years in the making, Worcester officials were able to woo the owners of the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox to move the team into a to-be-built publicly owned and financed $90 million park that will be the cornerstone of a $340 million major redevelopment in the Gateway City. “Aren’t you(...)

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Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Legislation likely to pass this week but fate uncertain

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RECENT CONTROVERSY over legislation that would allow local organizations to levy fees on property owners to improve their neighborhoods has led the leader of the House Republican caucus to question his support for the bill he cosponsored. North Reading Rep. Brad Jones, the House minority leader, was a cosponsor of a(...)

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Gateway Cities discover the power of food

Gateway Cities discover the power of food

Fresh veggies, koshari turn food deserts into oases

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KEN RICHARDSON FOOD HAS ALWAYS LOOMED LARGE in the life of Dimple Rana. While growing up in Revere, she helped her parents, immigrants from India, work in Indian grocery stores in Somerville. Later, she helped manage convenience stores owned by her family. But working retail wasn’t her ambition. She promptly left Revere after(...)

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What am I missing at Allston Landing?

What am I missing at Allston Landing?

At-grade Pike, West Station early on are no-brainers

THERE ARE OCCASIONS in the making of public policy when you are left scratching your head, because the decision-making just doesn’t make sense, and you wonder what you may be missing. I’m thinking today of Allston Landing, the vast urban wasteland of industrial, highway, and rail uses that for generations stood as a stark example(...)

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Severe storm effects are the new norm

Severe storm effects are the new norm

Rising sea levels and urban flooding will wreak havoc without immediate fixes

ONLY TWO MONTHS after surging tides and high winds flooded MBTA stations, knocked out power and sent three feet of water into the streets of Boston, it’s all happening again. The governor and the mayor call press conferences to lay out preparations, urge caution and call up the National Guard. Schools close. Businesses get out(...)

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Beware the Coalition for Sustainable Energy

Beware the Coalition for Sustainable Energy

It’s only goal is to sustain the natural gas industry

YET ANOTHER PRO-GAS lobbying group forms, this time just as the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change prepares to release its omnibus energy bill. Prompting eye-rolls among clean energy advocates, the lobbying group has the audacity to call itself the “Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy” on its letterhead. It would more aptly be(...)

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