From Sunday’s Boston Globe…
A recent report highlighting the need for more local housing production found that from 2013 to 2017, 15 municipalities issued more than half the building permits in the state. Boston led the way, followed by Cambridge, Plymouth, Watertown, Everett, Weymouth, Somerville, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Hopkinton, Middleborough, Quincy, Arlington, and Canton.
and here’s a key quote:
The recent report “demonstrates the power that local communities have to address housing — for better and worse,” Paul Grogan, president and CEO of the Boston Foundation, said in e-mailed comments. “In a few communities that have made a commitment to creating new housing, it’s happening. But in too many other communities, a vocal minority is enough not just to impede the creation of housing, but shut it down completely. It’s an issue of economic necessity and racial equity that Greater Boston must address.”