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After years of barely hanging on, some of New England’s oldest and largest racetracks are hurtling towards a date with development destiny.
Workplace safety watchdog OSHA has long been the federal agency that businesspeople have loved to gripe about, especially in the construction business.
There only thing that Massachusetts voters are more fed up about than soaring home prices and rents is the rising cost of health care – and not by much.
It’s time to say good riddance to the state’s silly shadow law.
The aim of a pair of arcane and quixotic 1990 statutes – technically two separate laws, one for Boston Common, the other for the Public Garden – are to protect the crown jewels of the city’s park system from the shadows that would be cast by new towers.
What with all the opulent new dorms and hefty presidential pay packages, the ivory towers of Massachusetts’ higher education world would seem to be doing just dandy. But in fact, while they are hardly in danger of going broke, these are actually challenging times for the area’s colleges and universities.
With construction cranes lining the highway and office rents headed up, Route 128 is on the rise again as we head into 2017. But if it ever hopes to recapture its glory days as “America’s Technology Highway” and be mentioned as
You’d think Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn wanted to level Coolidge Corner and install a giant casino from the overwrought letters and comments that have lately poured into the local papers from some of Brookline’s leading citizens.
The real estate market in Greater Boston may be on a record roll when it comes to home and condominium prices, but there’s trouble brewing on the horizon.
If you bought a house in the outer suburbs along I-495 and beyond during the peak of the real estate bubble, you could very well still be underwater.
Economic inequality is one of President Barack Obama’s favorite subjects to opine about. But the Obama Administration’s lame and limp-as-wilted-lettuce approach to righting the wrongs of a messed-up housing market
Fresh off the presses, here’s more evidence of just how screwed up Greater Boston’s housing market has become.
While middle-class buyers battle it out over $400,000 “starter homes,” some of Boston’s area’s toniest suburbs are suddenly awash with a surfeit of $2 million-and-up listings.
Not everyone wants to live in an apartment or condominium. In fact, plenty of people, young families included, still want that suburban home with the white picket fence but find themselves boxed out
The Bay State may be enjoying an historic building boom, but man, there are still some real turkeys out there. From towers that never seem to get a shovel in the ground to half-empty film studios built in hopes of turning Massachusetts into Hollywood East, we seem to always attract
Our improbable president-elect is a hard one to read, with everyone and his brother trying to guess which parts of the Obama legacy will be the first to get the royal flush.
Speculators from across the globe have made a fortune flipping condominiums in some of the most luxurious towers on Boston’s skyline.
Are luxury condominium prices in Boston finally peaking? Or are they poised to take another big leap? Beats me. But I’d much rather be Millennium Partners, with hundreds of millions in the bank from sales at its new Downtown Crossing tower, than Dick Friedman, who is still two years away from delivering his luxurious 61-story Four Seasons tower.
There’s nothing NIMBY blowhards hate more than our state’s affordable housing law. Our hometown housing bigots just love to fume and fulminate about the evils of 40B, which enables developers to circumvent obstructionist local zoning in order to build sorely needed affordable apartments and condominiums.
Want to see the growing middle-class housing crunch morph into a full-blown crisis? Start subsidizing builders to get them to build moderately priced apartments, condominiums and homes.
Donald Trump has found a new target for his wrath, blasting Massachusetts casino regulators as “crooked bums” who are “hugely stupid” and “clearly unable to understand my incredible, incredible genius” for pulling his license to do business in the state.
Bribes and kickbacks. That’s just how public construction projects were divvied up in Massachusetts until the blockbuster Ward Commission report blew the lid off in 1980. And exhibit No. 1 was the bidding and construction of UMass Boston’s harbor campus
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