Public Comment

Review: Neighborhood Defenders

A new book explains why people object to new housing in their neighborhoods, and whether these "neighborhood defenders" are representative of the public as a whole.

August 3, 2020 - Michael Lewyn

Boston Seaport

Boston's Seaport District Still Lacking Diversity

The glitzy new neighborhood doesn’t cater to all Boston residents, according to a new survey.

August 13, 2019 - The Boston Globe


Boston Bus Lanes Improving Commute Times and Reliability

Data from the Boston area shows that dedicated bus lanes are helping to get buses moving.

July 9, 2019 - WBUR


MBTA Will Move to Proof-of-Payment System

A new plan will phase out cash fare payments on buses and trolleys, but many of the details are still up in the air.

March 6, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Boston Skyline with Dome

Boston Plans to Put $26 Million Toward Affordable Housing Projects

A new initiative will fund 10 new developments as the city works to increase available affordable housing.

February 26, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Boston Red Line

MBTA's Capital Spending Plan Subject to Agency-Wide Review

The MBTA’s plan to repair and improve the ailing system means major service disruptions are likely coming. Officials say they want to minimize the pain and suffering of riders.

January 16, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Boston Housing

Boston Mayor's Proposal Would Allow More Increases in City Linkage Fees

Developers pay impact fees to fund affordable housing and job programs, but the mayor wants the city to have more discretion around changing the requirements.

January 14, 2019 - The Boston Globe

San Francisco Muni Buses

In Cities, Transit Isn’t Just for Commuting

A closer look at commuting and ridership shows the differences between urban and suburban transit patterns.

December 28, 2018 - Pedestrian Observations

Longfellow Bridge Boston

Boston Bridge Separated Bike Lane Might Get the Ax This Winter

MassDOT and cycling advocates don’t agree on what should happen to the Longfellow Bridge’s bike lane in the coming months.

December 17, 2018 - The Boston Globe


Pedestrian Scrambles Benefit Everyone Using Streets

While not yet widely implemented in the United States, scramble intersections make life considerably safer and easier for pedestrians and drivers.

November 30, 2018 - Strong Towns

Boston houses

In Boston, Protecting Communities from the Consequences of Foreclosure

A diverse Boston community alliance initially came together to maintain stability in neighborhoods affected by foreclosures. It has changed focus as its work has continued.

September 17, 2018 - Next City

The Promise of Renewal in Massachusetts Gateway Cities

Massachusetts is funding a placemaking initiative to renew its old industrial gateway cities. Available funds are only $16 million, but there's a plan to make the money go a long way.

December 5, 2014 - Boston Globe

Key to Community Partnerships: Don't Walk Away in Anger

In a plot line of the documentary Gaining Ground, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative fights to keep the lines of communication open with a large, partner nonprofit when a major conflict threatens their relationship.

November 18, 2014 - Rooflines

Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World

BioMap2 is designed to guide strategic biodiversity conservation in Massachusetts over the next decade by focusing land protection and stewardship on the areas that are most critical for ensuring the long-term persistence of rare and native species.

April 27, 2013 - A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments

As Northeast Casino Boom Continues: NY Gambles with Possibility and Risk

Large casino resorts in Atlantic City and Connecticut take a hit, as new, smaller and local casinos, attract gamblers from the surroundings areas. New York state officials are paving the way for more casino proliferation, despite some skepticism.

October 27, 2012 - The New York Times

The ABCs of Homeownership

While the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance is helping people buy homes, their aim is to build an army of trained homeowners to engage their own neighbors in organizing and advocacy.

August 11, 2009 - Shelterforce Magazine

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