Towers rise around downtown Boston’s Winthrop Square. Photo by James Sanna | Banker & Tradesman Staff

Boston Looks to ‘Skyline’ for Help

By Steve Adams
Changes designed to attract more developers and commercial tenants to downtown Boston and avoid a looming fiscal chasm tied to declining office occupancy are moving closer to the finish line.

Commercial Interests: Downtown Boston Needs More than New Zoning to Bounce Back

By Scott Van Voorhis
Can downtown Boston escape the so-called urban doom loop? Probably. But it’s going to take a lot more than new “skyline” zoning for taller towers to bring it back.

Will Boston Multifamily Hit Its Own ‘Wall of Maturities’?

By Jay Fitzgerald
The nation’s multifamily owners are facing a financial crunch as they try to refinance construction and other loans. But Boston is likely to see a lot less distress than Sunbelt cities, experts say.

In Person: Building Community Wealth Through Patient Capital

Steve Adams
Roxbury-based BlueHub Capital’s Karen Kelleher is seeing no let-up in demand for the lender’s services as an intermediary piecing together financing packages for real estate projects in low-income communities.

Hot Property: Boston Scientific Innovation Center

A renovation designed by architects Margulies Perruzzi created a 20,000-square-foot training center including interactive learning spaces for doctors and Boston Scientific Corp. employees in Marlborough.

The Gossip Report

A retro 1996 mansion takes the third spot in this week’s Gossip Report that is so well-cared-for it could have been used as set for a Cape Cod version of “Clueless.”

The Housing Scene: Door Opens to Flip a House for Yourself, Not Profit

By Lew Sichelman
High mortgage rates, soaring house prices and rising construction costs have driven many flippers out of the market. And with their exit comes a great opportunity for people eager to buy a fixer-upper of their own.

Municipalities Will Not Lead on Housing

By Susan Gittelman
As passions around the MBTA Communities law rise, it’s time to take a fact-based look at the law, put it in context with what other states are doing and plan accordingly.

Worried About Your Commission? Learn to Show Your Value

By Bernice Ross
Buyer’s agent compensation offers seem set to disappear from your local multiple listings service by this summer. And the effects will be wide-ranging.

Competitive Workplaces Don’t Work for Gender Equality

By Amalia Rebecca Miller and Carmit Segal
Firms where employees battle against each other for rank, bonuses and promotions  are common in law and finance. But while, on its face, they are gender-neutral, they actually worsen gender inequality.

The B&T Weekly: April 14, 2024

by Cassidy Norton time to read: 2 min