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
Just about everyone agrees Metropolitan Boston has a housing crisis.
That’s the opening line in a new study the Globe described as the first comprehensive review of zoning laws in Eastern Massachusetts in more than a decade.
Then the report’s continues….
We just surpassed New York City to become the third most expensive large metro rental market in the country. Single-family and condo prices have continued to climb, with median sale prices of nearly $430,000 across the entire metro area, a 4 percent increase since the end of 2017. Renters are being hit with rent increases and evictions, causing housing instability, displacement, and homelessness. In fact, throughout Massachusetts, one out of every four renters – and even one out of every ten
From a story on the CityLab website….
To understand local housing politics over the past several decades, consider a recent study out of Boston University. Political science professor Katherine Levine Einstein surveyed all of the minutes for zoning and planning meetings about housing across 97 cities and counties in Massachusetts…
“In every single city and county we studied, the advantaged dominated the proceedings,” Einstein said at a recent Brookings Institution panel on housing. Residents who are older, men, longtime residents, local voters, and homeowners are much more likely to participate in these meetings. And they are much more likely to oppose new construction than the general public.
Residents who oppose new housing are also
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has joined a coalition of 15 greater mayors to set a goal to add 185,000 new homes in Greater Boston by 2030. Details about the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition can be found here and a list of participants and data here.
But there’s also this comment from Fuller in
City Councilor Jake Auchincloss shared this on his email newsletter. Reprinted here with his permission.
Residents spend approximately 15% more to live in Newton than in neighboring cities and towns of Middlesex County, and one in five families earn below the living wage of $78K, according to Making Ends Meet in Newton, a report sponsored by the mayor’s Economic Growth for All initiative.
Drawing on Boston College faculty to help apply
This one has been bugging me for a week but I’m just getting to it now. In last week’s TAB, rather bold — and I’d argue entirely unsubstantiated — statement.
of anti-housing group Newton Villages Alliance makes this
It is indisputable that Newton residents reject high-density residential projects because every one that has been proposed has encountered intense local opposition.
Kouril Grieser offers no evidence to support her declaration other than the fact that