From today’s Boston Globe, here’s a rather sobering article about the state of affordable housing in the greater Boston area with a look at some of the recent struggles in Newton and a not-very-flattering story about Setti Warren.

Here’s an excerpt about how affordable housing advocates reacted to the mayor’s recently announced housing plan:

…But in a blow to the [Newton] mayor, affordable housing advocates have also refused to get on board. They say they can’t back a push for hundreds of new units when the administration hasn’t shown enough progress toward building the 9 to 12 laid out in the HUD settlement.

And developer Scott Oran’s assessment of the city’s attempts to claim an exemption to Chapter 40B based on land use percentages. 

“I think that’s the most cynical interpretation that I’ve ever heard,” [Oran said], “using golf courses to keep out low-income people.”

Please read and comment. 

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