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Moody’s: Boston in ‘Healthy’ Fiscal Position, Office Woes Loom

Moody’s: Boston in ‘Healthy’ Fiscal Position, Office Woes Loom

The city of Boston’s fiscal management policies, backed by an economy buoyed by government, higher education, and health care sectors, put the municipality in a “healthy” position to weather expected declines in its commercial property tax base driven by the rise of remote and hybrid work, according to an new analysis from Moody’s Ratings.

The Shadowy Think Tank Fighting Boston City Hall

The Shadowy Think Tank Fighting Boston City Hall

The Boston Policy Institute says its goal is to shine a light on city development policy and other top issues. But its refusal to make public its sources of funding – and the not altogether happy history one of its founders shares with Mayor Michelle Wu – has prompted whispers of grudge-settling.

Milton Planning Board Eyes Two Zoning Solutions

Milton Planning Board Eyes Two Zoning Solutions

The Milton Planning Board signaled Thursday night that it intends to develop two zoning plans to comply with the MBTA Communities law, one if it is deemed a rapid transit community, as the state contends, and another if it succeeds in being reclassified as an adjacent community subject to a much lower zoning requirement.

Is a Motel Room Affordable Housing? Methuen Officials Are Arguing Yes

Is a Motel Room Affordable Housing? Methuen Officials Are Arguing Yes

In a case that shows the lengths communities will go to stop a housing project from getting built, Methuen officials are trying to leverage the state’s use of a Days Inn motel as an emergency shelter for homeless families to block a proposal to build 300 rental units on a parcel that straddles the city’s border with neighboring Dracut.