How bad is the housing crisis in Massachusetts?

How bad is the housing crisis in Massachusetts?

In light of all the recent conversation, both at the local and the state level, about development, I wanted to share for discussion this recent presentation by the non-profit Massachusetts Housing Partnership.

Some of the highlights:

  • Housing production has sharply declined in Massachusetts despite increases in population and employment
  • Massachusetts now has one of the lowest rates of housing production in the U.S.
  • Without adding any new people or new jobs, the state’s housing supply is already about 44,000 units short of demand. Most of that shortfall is in metro Boston.
  • Most of the regions with which we compete for skilled workers are building more housing and have lower housing costs

I pose this question to my neighbors: At what point does this become our problem?

Surrounding communities that welcome development such as

Kouril Grieser: Apartments in the burbs are ‘reversing the American Dream’

Kouril Grieser: Apartments in the burbs are ‘reversing the American Dream’

 

I’m glad I wasn’t drinking a glass of milk this morning when I read Katheleen Kouril Grieser’s latest TAB column in opposition to the redevelopment of the Orr Block Building in Newtonville.

Because even in a year where political discourse has veered off into ugly directions, Kouril Grieser’s assertion that projects like the one businessman Robert Korff has proposed for the corner of Washington and Walnut Streets is “reversing the American Dream” is stunning.

If I understand Kouril Grieser’s position correctly (and, granted, she can be confusing) seniors, singles, young families, childless couples or anyone else who might believe an apartment in Newtonville close to transportation, a grocery store, a pharmacy, great restaurants, an arts center and other amenities would be a great place to live are — unbeknownst to them — “settling” for something less than the American Dream.

In addition, Kouril Grieser declares, those same misinformed apartment dwellers are ALSO “destroying the dreams of everyday Newton residents” who choose

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