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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

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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

Wooden beachside boardwalk with benches in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Storm Erases $500,000 Massachusetts Sand Dune

A protective dune built with funds from city residents lasted just three days before being washed away in a storm.

March 14, 2024 - The Daily Beast

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

Aerial view of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What Is Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Overlay?

A controversial policy is helping create more affordable housing units in the Massachusetts city, but fears of overwhelming density are likely unfounded.

February 18, 2024 - The Crimson

CLose-up of pothole in asphalt road filled with water reflecting grey cloudy sky.

Poor Road Quality Leading to Higher Gas Use

Commuters in Massachusetts communities with worse roads use more gas, with the costs disproportionately impacting low-income households.

February 15, 2024 - University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Cape Cod Water Quality Threatened by Septic Runoff

Pollutants from local septic tanks are creating problematic algae blooms in local waters. Cleaning it all up could cost billions.

February 14, 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

A SEPTA R5 commuter train heading for Doylestown, Pennsylvania from Lansdale station.

States 'Switching Tracks' to Avoid Public Transit Fiscal Cliff

The influx of federal emergency money used to keep public transit operational during the COVID pandemic will end this year. States and transit agencies across the country are searching for alternative funding sources.

February 13, 2024 - The Center Square

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Which Cities and States Will Join the “Mansion Tax” Club Next?

Higher taxes on high-value property sales are being considered in Chicago, Connecticut, and Washington state as a way to address the housing crisis.

February 12, 2024 - Pew Stateline

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

City bus in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Budget Funds Free Transit Programs

The transportation budget allocates at least $15 million to new and existing fare-free bus transit programs.

January 11, 2024 - Streetsblog Massachusetts

Close-up of multiple lines of blue natural gas flames inside a boiler.

Massachusetts Moves Toward Decarbonization

The state developed a framework for planning to phase out natural gas, denying industry calls to allow hydrogen and renewable natural gas.

December 12, 2023 - Inside Climate News

Aerial view of Newton, Massachusetts.

Newton Passes Upzoning to Comply With MBTA Communities Act

The Massachusetts city will permit multifamily housing in some of its ‘village centers’ to comply with state law.

December 10, 2023 - Mass Live

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

Close-up of Amtrak logo on blue passenger train stopped at outdoor station platform.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Awarded $16.4 Billion in Federal Funds

The funding will support track construction, bridge replacement, and other upgrades to make passenger train service faster and more reliable.

November 7, 2023 - Streetsblog Massachusetts

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