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Land Trusts Preserve Affordability, but for Whom?

An analysis of buildings bought by the city for a community land trust in Boston reveals that many prior residents were evicted just before the sales.

April 3, 2024 - Next City

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Boston Transit Board Approves Low-Income Fare, but Funding is Unclear

The board voted to include the T’s on-demand paratransit service in the discount program, prompting concerns about cost.

April 3, 2024 - CommonWealth Beacon

Aerial view of downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Gets a New Planning Department

After 67 years since its formation, the Boston Planning and Development Agency is no more.

April 1, 2024 - WBUR

Aerial view of high-rise buildings on waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Moves Zoning Reform Forward

The ‘Squares + Streets’ plan creates form-based zoning templates for neighborhoods that promote mixed use and denser housing near transit.

March 29, 2024 - The National Law Review

People in hoodies and jackets waiting for oncoming bus at sidewalk bus stop in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston’s Blue Hill Avenue to Get BRT, Safety Improvements

The key bus corridor serves over 37,000 bus riders daily.

March 3, 2024 - WBUR

Google street view of brick three-story public housing buildings in Dorchester, MA.

Geothermal Network Project To Benefit Boston Public Housing

A pilot program seeks to be a model for electrifying groups of buildings or entire neighborhoods.

February 13, 2024 - Utility Dive

Blurred Red Line train in Boston passing on elevated rail.

Boston Cap Park Closer to Reality

The proposed Dorchester Greenway would create a new linear park above part of the Red Line subway.

January 31, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

Aerial view of downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Zoning Commission to Consider ‘Squares and Streets’ Plan

The proposal would reduce barriers to the development of denser housing.

January 16, 2024 - The Boston Globe

Yellow and black stoplights on horizontal post with small traffic camera.

Study Assesses Attitudes on Traffic Cameras in Boston’s Black Communities

Residents are wary of the new technology’s potential for surveillance, but support boosting enforcement while reducing interaction with police.

November 24, 2023 - Streetsblog Massachusetts

Brick brownstone homes in Back Bay, Boston with green hedges in front.

Report: How Outdated Zoning Rules Still Shape Boston

Classist and racist zoning decisions from decades past reverberate in today’s neighborhoods.

November 10, 2023 - WBUR

Parking meters on Boston street.

Boston Could Introduce Parking Benefit Districts

The approach offers a way for cities to free up curb parking space while boosting revenue for local infrastructure.

November 6, 2023 - Governing

View of Boston skyline from Longfellow Bridge with cyclist riding in bike lane and pedestrian on sidewalk.

Progress Report: Boston Strong on Street Safety, Slow to Reduce Emissions

A new report assesses the city’s progress halfway through implementation of the ‘Go Boston 2030’ long-range transportation plan.

October 16, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

Springfield, MA outdoor Amtrak station platform with train pulling in.

USDOT Awards $108 Million Grant for Massachusetts Rail Improvements

The grant will fund track and signal improvements to allow more trains to run faster on a segment between Boston and Springfield.

September 27, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

Aerial view of Boston Massachusetts historic homes

Boston Pilot Program Funds Electrification of Small Residential Properties

Owners of small buildings can get up to $50,000 per unit to fund decarbonization retrofits.

September 25, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Few passengers waiting in subway station with multiple platforms and "North Station" signs in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Transit Riders Report Safety Concerns

Almost three-quarters of current and former riders report feeling unsafe while using MBTA services.

September 18, 2023 - Hoodline

View of Boston from Bunker Hill with statue in foreground

Boston to Begin Zoning Code Update, Mayor Announces

It’s been nearly 60 years, but the city of Boston is finally ready to do a comprehensive rewrite of its zoning code.

September 14, 2023 - The Boston Globe

Boston city skyline

Boston Grant Program Supports Greener Affordable Housing

The city wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

August 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Looking up at modernist/brutalist Boston City Hall building bathed in golden hour light

Boston Eliminates Fossil Fuels in New City-Owned Buildings

Mayor Michelle Wu said the new rule will help boost demand for green materials and create new jobs in the green building sector.

August 9, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Silver commuter train with purple stripe in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Transit Ridership Grows Steadily

Ridership on the region’s commuter rail reached 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels in March.

June 13, 2023 - CommonWealth Magazine

Striped crosswalk with yellow pedestrian crossing signs and grassy pedestrian island in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Launches ‘Safety Surge’ Traffic Calming Initiative

The new program targets neighborhood streets for safety improvements such as speed humps and intersection redesigns.

May 24, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

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