Attorney General Maura Healey clearly can tell a true crisis from a fake one. When it comes to shortages, Massachusetts’ towns foot-dragging and obstruction on housing construction just can’t compete with the regulatory delays faced by pot shops, which she’s aggressively putting a stop to.
Climate change, in the form of rising sea levels, threatens to literally wash away tens of billions of dollars in new development, and environmental activists are part of the problem.
It’s time for the annual turkey shoot, where we look at the biggest development flops, fizzles, thuds, duds, snafus and mediocrities in the making across the Bay State.
Our traffic-clogged highways, stalled trains and loony home prices are taking heat for scaring Amazon away, and for good reason.
There’s no escaping the next real estate downturn: the only question is when it will hit. The signs of softening – slowing home sales and slowing price growth – are already readily apparent both in Greater Boston and in major markets across the country.
“Sharon’s having trouble selling their house – they’re dropping the price,” my wife noted, reading an email from an old college friend. Those are words I haven’t heard in a decade.
It was a canny development decision that laid the foundation for one of the most remarkable transformations in the history of sports. This is the fourth World Series for the Red Sox since a then-obscure hedge fund guru by the name of John Henry and Hollywood producer Tom Werner bought the Red Sox in 2001. On the December day nearly 17 years ago when they emerged victorious from a $700 million-plus bidding war for the team, the new owners vowed to win not one, but multiple World Series.
Did you hear the news? Top Democratic strategists now believe that sky-high home prices and the dearth of affordable housing can be a winning issue in the 2020 presidential race.
The rich subsidy package that brought General Electric’s headquarters to the Boston waterfront was not long ago hailed as a landmark win for both the city and the Bay State as a whole.
Would a President Warren be the cure for our country’s increasingly messed up housing market? Sen. Elizabeth Warren has finally made official what anyone with half a brain has long suspected – she’s eyeing a run for the White House.
Gas prices shot up 73 percent in 1973, the year OPEC lowered the boom on the U.S. economy. Pumps went dry and irate drivers queued up in long lines at service stations; some resorted to stealing precious fuel from their neighbors’ cars at night.
The YIMBY revolution has finally arrived in Boston’s suburbs.
A relatively small group of NIMBY homeowners has paralyzed the housing market in the suburbs of Boston, choking off new construction and driving up prices and rents.
From the Back Bay and South Boston to the commuter suburbs on Route 128 and I-495, home prices in the Boston area and across Massachusetts are smashing one record after another.
Sorry, but no city needs to blow $100 million in a bid to pump up civic pride. Especially Worcester, which struggles each day to pay for basic services like schools and police.
It’s got to be tough to be head of your local trade group, whether it’s representing retailers, construction contractors or, in the case of David Begelfer, real estate developers.
What’s in a name? Apparently not much if it happens to be the “Innovation District.” Boston City Hall’s years-long, head-scratching attempt to rename the booming Seaport is officially dead.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh doesn’t strut around acting like the city’s development czar. He doesn’t design tower tops, as his legendary predecessor did, to the detriment of the city’s skyline, with the resulting “baby bottle” high-rise at 111 Huntington.
Another year and yet another epic fail for comprehensive zoning reform in Massachusetts.
It’s nearly impossible these days to get approval for even the humble in-law apartment thanks to the housing snobs who call the shots in too many Boston-area suburbs and towns.