More School Age Children, Families Left Behind

In efforts to curb overcrowding in schools, suburbs in Eastern Massachusetts are 'child-proofing' their neighborhoods by limiting multifamily construction to one to two bedroom units. Critics assert that the measure would leave low and moderate income fam
September 21, 2003, 9am PDT | Connie Chung
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"Fearful that their schools will be flooded with students, officials in many Eastern Massachusetts suburbs have limited construction of new apartment and condominium complexes over the past decade to one- and two-bedrooms--what housing advocates call 'childproof' units. While municipal officials say these limits are necessary to slow enrollment and help contain rising school costs, research by an advocacy group says the approach is closing the door on thousands of low- and moderate-income families who can't afford the price of single-family homes."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Thursday, September 18, 2003 in The Boston Globe
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