Anti-Development Towns Stall Housing Production Bill

While housing activists and progressive state legislators rallied for rent control legislation on the steps of the State House Tuesday, a co-chair of the state legislator’s Housing Committee said anti-development municipalities were blocking legislation that would help build more housing.

Walsh Challenges Developers on Housing Production

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh repeated his support for certain eviction protections and called on the commercial real estate industry to find a “balance between profit and [social] impact” in a speech before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Is Zoning Reform Dead?

With lawmakers on Beacon Hill once again dithering over the state budget and, having blown a deadline weeks ago with the arrival of the new fiscal year, things certainly aren’t looking great for zoning reform legislation. But some are optimistic a turning point is near.

Focus on Market-Rate Housing Production Misses the Biggest Shortage

Efforts like Gov. Charlie Baker’s Housing Choice bill – which would amend state law to make it easier for local zoning boards to approve certain categories of housing – may assist in the creation of more market-rate housing in some communities. But it would not address the dire shortage of affordable housing units among the state’s poorest residents.