Report: Lack Of Diversity Hampering Housing Production

The process for approving new housing development in communities across Massachusetts is “skewed toward an older, white population with the greatest interest in obstructing new development,” according to a new report assembled by two Boston University researchers and released Wednesday by The Boston Foundation.

Housing Is at a Tipping Point. The Next Governor Can Help

New Census data has highlighted what so many renters and would-be homebuyers have struggled with for years: Massachusetts’ housing costs are out of control. This latest data likely isn’t a surprise to my fellow business leaders who have seen firsthand the damage it’s done our state and economy.

Home Price Slowdown Has Far to Go

Mortgage rates – which topped out at 5.3 percent last month before sinking slightly to 5.1 percent last week – combined with rising home prices have pushed the traditional 30-year loan out of reach for many.  

To Curb NIMBY Towns, Baker Must Plan a Campaign

Gov. Charlie Baker needs to start to make more aggressive use of the bully pulpit to explain exactly why all this new housing – and the zoning reform needed to build it – is absolutely essential. Especially if he wants to preserve his legacy.

Baker Hits Legislature For ARPA Spending Delays

Gov. Charlie Baker is among those disappointed that Beacon Hill Democrats couldn’t agree on a plan to put nearly $4 billion to work across the economy before breaking for the winter holidays. Legislative proposals for the money include hundreds of millions of dollars aimed at housing production and down payment assistance for homebuyers of color.

Engage in Town Politics to Grow Opportunity in Mass.

Earlier this year, the Housing Choice bill passed with robust support from the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and a broad coalition of partners committed to enabling the creation of new housing across the state. Now, we must collectively turn our attention to realizing the opportunity before us.