The all-too-familiar cycle of well-off suburbs shirking their duty to the rest of Massachusetts appears to be starting again as local leaders game out ways to avoid new transit-oriented zoning reforms. But you have a chance to help stop it.
It’s the most ambitious attempt yet to grapple with the Bay State’s chronic housing shortage and the sky-high rents and prices it has fueled. But barely two months after its details hit the street, trouble is brewing.
Frustrated with what they see as foot-dragging on the part of the Baker administration, lawmakers could grant cities and towns the power to require that new buildings be built without natural gas connections.
While officials in the deep-blue town in the shadow of Cambridge are adept at spouting platitudes about the need for affordable housing, their actions show otherwise as their battle against a Chapter 40B proposal approaches its seventh year.
Whether poised for a single-to-multifamily conversion or an existing building with a dozen or fewer apartments, charming structures from the early 20th century are untapped opportunities for residential developers.
Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has made its second purchase of a well-known brokerage this year, buying Arlington-based Bowes Real Estate for an undisclosed sum.
Banning natural gas in new construction is a quick way to kill the economic miracle that has transformed the Boston area over the past half century from a rusting backwater to one of the planet’s top metros.
Buying a home in much of Arlington and a large Cambridge neighborhood is as tough as buying a home in parts of the San Francisco Bay area.
Six Boston suburbs have been named among the 20 best small communities in America by a new analysis by personal finance site WalletHub, based on U.S. Census Bureau data.
Several suburban Boston communities’ experiments with improving MBTA bus routes have succeeded, according to a new report from The Barr Foundation, speeding up trips significantly and making the buses more reliable.
A new report from commercial real estate site Commercial Cafe has found the 10 best Boston-area suburbs for prospective homebuyers looking for the shortest commutes into Boston.
Retail has been the weak link in Greater Boston’s commercial real estate boom, and one that’s attracting increased scrutiny from municipalities because of vacant storefronts’ tendency to sap vibrancy and spread blight.
While online real estate giant Zillow’s foray into mortgage lending might seem scary initially, it is unlikely to have too much of a detrimental impact on local, more personalized lenders, those same lenders say.
Instead of demanding less density from developers – or worse, more parking – more communities should follow the example of towns like Arlington.
Urbanization may be the hot trend in the headlines, but not everyone wants to live in downtown Boston. Between the urban hub and the green fields of the suburbs is a compromise – the nation’s small cities.
Fifteen metropolitan Boston area communities are coalescing around plans to build even more new housing than Gov. Charlie Baker proposed in his statewide bill.
Communities around Greater Boston, in partnership with the MBTA, will seek to create faster and more reliable commutes for more than 30,000 bus riders through a sequence of three pilot projects testing bus rapid transit (BRT) features over the course of 2018.