Massachusetts

A person on a bike waits at an intersection by leaning against the curb.

Bicycle Friendly States: Massachusetts Tops the List

For the first time since the League of American Bicyclists started ranking states for bicycle friendly practices and policies in 2008, Washington State does not appear at the top of the list.

April 26, 2022 - League of American Bicyclists

A map showing the route of a light rail transit line from Boston up through Somerville and Medford.

Long Awaited Green Line Extension Opens Today North of Boston

The Green Line Extension project, in the works for decades, is now providing rail transit service from Boston north into Somerville.

March 21, 2022 - Boston.com

MBTA Bus

Boston Aims for Fare-Free Transit

The city's new mayor wants to see fare-free transit funded as a public good throughout the Boston region.

March 16, 2022 - The Washington Post

The skyline of downtown Worcester, Massachusetts reveals urban densities and variety of building types.

Citywide Master Planning Process Launched in Worcester

The Massachusetts college town, with 200,000 residents, is kicking off the Worcester Now / Next long-range plan with a series of public engagement activities.

March 16, 2022 - Mass Live

A historoci image of West End Boston, cleared completely of buildings to make way for a massive urban renewal program that would include the city's present-day City Hall.

Boston's New Mayor Wants to End Old Urban Renewal Districts

Michelle Wu, Boston's new mayor, is ready to finally end the government powers that displaced communities in the mid-20th century.

March 15, 2022 - The Boston Globe

The Prescott Passive House in Kansas City, Kansas

Passive Building Incentives Spur New Housing in Massachusetts

Two grant programs aimed at supporting highly efficient, affordable housing developments are yielding promising results.

March 9, 2022 - Energy News Network

Boston Skyline with Dome

Massachusetts Gets Serious About Upzoning

A Massachusetts law aimed at reducing the state's housing shortage mandates zoning for multi-family housing in most eastern Massachusetts jurisdictions.

January 26, 2022 - Slate

An image of a sign asking people to wear masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Omicron Breaks Another Pandemic Record: Hospitalizations

The highly infectious Omicron variant is contributing to a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. The record set in last winter's surge fell on Tuesday as hospitals suffer from massive labor shortages caused by the variant.

January 16, 2022 - The Washington Post

MBTA Green Line

New Transit Oriented Zoning Criteria Proposed for Massachusetts

More details on the state of Massachusetts' game changing "Housing Choice" program are now available.

January 13, 2022 - Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Boston houses

How One of Boston's Top Evictors Changed Its Ways

A major for-profit affordable housing provider hasn't evicted a single tenant since early 2020. How did the company do it, and can its method be a model for other developers?

December 10, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

HUD’s 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Expanding HUD’s Eviction Protection Grant Program

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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