“Tenant right of first refusal,” sometimes called “TOPA” is making inroads among state legislators. But the idea has a bad track record and would severely violate landlords’ property rights.
Pointing to sizable growth in community participation over the past two years, municipal officials on Wednesday called on Beacon Hill to allow pandemic-era hybrid and remote meeting options to remain in place permanently.
Lawmakers and the state’s chief historical preservation officer are working through proposed solutions to a century-old planning mistake in the property boundary between the State House and a neighboring estate.
Kevin Caulfield, head of Compass-affiliated Caulfield Properties represents developer Center Court Properties in marketing 62 new luxury units in Beacon Hill’s The Archer Residences.
What was more expensive in 2019: homes in Greenwich, Connecticut or homes in Wellesley?
Some form of immediate aid to struggling renters, perhaps in the form of an emergency assistance fund, is both politically and morally necessary to help those the housing crisis hits hardest even as all sides work to crack open suburban towns that aren’t pulling their weight.
Supporters of increasing fees on ride-hailing trips, expanding highway tolls, and charging drivers for every mile they travel made their cases to lawmakers Thursday,
Developer Center Court Partners’ Archer Residences will bring 62 condos with 57 different floor plans to a pair of former Suffolk University buildings steps from the Massachusetts State House.
Target Corp.’s latest small-format urban store format is opening its first downtown Boston location.
While it is nearly impossible to predict how the session will end, legislative leaders have expressed an interest in tackling some significant policy issues including tax revenue, housing and climate change.
Credit unions and banks, long at odds over the differing regulations they face, renewed sparring Wednesday over several bills that industry leaders on either side claim gives the other an unfair advantage.
A long-running debate over the state’s estate tax revived on Beacon Hill as the Revenue Committee took up bills Tuesday calling for reforms or outright abolition of the levies charged when assets are passed along following a person’s death.
Plans to shutter large parts of the MBTA system for repairs this fall are a welcome step towards getting our troubled transit infrastructure back on the right track. But it is wholly insufficient for fixing the transportation mess threatening to hold the whole state’s economy back.
The MBTA is struggling to deliver satisfactory service within its core area, but lawmakers are poised to ask the transit authority to study more expansion.
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.
In the face of systemic problems, Gov. Charlie Baker is trying to accelerate capital spending at the MBTA, and has asked lawmakers to allocate $50 million to help with that effort. But like frustrated riders, many lawmakers are concerned about the pace of MBTA improvements under Baker’s watch.
Five states so far this year have passed new laws aimed at protecting student loan borrowers, with three more “steps away” from doing so and similar bills filed in a handful of others, including Massachusetts, according to a new report tying the heightened activity to a relaxing of federal oversight.
While the Boston market holds interest for co-living project operators, the city presents challenges from a regulatory perspective. Boston’s zoning code is complicated, with many neighborhoods, in effect, having their own zoning ordinances.
Sebastian Colella remembers when it was easy to distinguish the difference between “boutique” hotels and “traditional” hotels run by large hospitality companies.
The realities of a housing market where affordable homes, condos and apartments are increasingly hard to come by for middle- and low-income residents has prompted numerous proposals on Beacon Hill for spurring housing development. But so far, there’s no consensus.