Housing

Homelessness no longer just a big-city issue

Homelessness no longer just a big-city issue

Western Mass. towns struggling just like urban counterparts

MADELYNN MALLOY and Bob Morin, a homeless couple frustrated by the lack of affordable housing in rural Franklin County, rolled out their blankets this summer on Greenfield Town Common and slept under the stars. Word spread quickly and soon other homeless people around the area joined them. By mid-summer, brightly colored nylon tents all but(...)

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Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Airbnb sues Boston to halt regs

Company claims new rules violate constitutional rights

AIRBNB FILED SUIT against the city of Boston Tuesday seeking to block officials from implementing new regulations on short-term rentals set to take effect January 1, claiming the rules illegally require the company to turn over private host information and to bar investors from listing multiple units. In its lawsuit, Airbnb portrays itself as merely(...)

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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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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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Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Lodging industry pans bill as a gift to Airbnb and other home-sharing apps

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE has passed its bill for short-term-rentals, a stripped-down version of the House measure that simplifies the tax on hosts and eliminates any tiered structure so that people offering a single room in their home are treated the same as the investor with scores of units for rent. The Senate bill, passed on(...)

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Wu seeks to limit short-term rentals

Wu seeks to limit short-term rentals

Amendment to Walsh plan would ban commercial units from Airbnb

BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR MICHELLE WU filed an amendment Monday to the mayor’s proposed ordinance on short-term rentals that would bar investors from purchasing properties and renting them out on platforms such as Airbnb. Wu’s amendment to Mayor Marty Walsh’s plan would also require people who register their home as a short-term unit to notify neighbors(...)

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The Airbnb gold rush is on

The Airbnb gold rush is on

Whole buildings, like this one in Chinatown, are being converted into hotels

Photographs by Ken Richardson AIRBNB, LIKE THE draw of ride-hailing apps to car owners, started with the premise that your home can make you a little extra money by renting out rooms to travelers looking to save a few dollars. Empty-nesters, they said, could rent out junior’s bedroom now that he’s moved out and put(...)

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Puerto Ricans struggle to rebuild lives in Mass.

Puerto Ricans struggle to rebuild lives in Mass.

Evacuees face language, culture, economic barriers

ON A CRISP morning in November, Veronica Perez and Limarie Rivera, both self-evacuees from Puerto Rico, borrow a car from Rivera’s cousin and make their way to the New North Citizens’ Council in Springfield. New North is one of nearly two dozen welcome centers around the state designated as a first stop for people coming(...)

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Is anyone home at Millennium Tower?

Is anyone home at Millennium Tower?

City records indicate few condo owners take residential exemption

WEALTHY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD have bought condos at the ultra-luxury Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, but not many of them live there full time. City of Boston assessing records indicate three of every four owners don’t consider their condos their principal residence, suggesting the 60-story building, which is nearly sold out, is(...)

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