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Five Easy Pieces to Fix the Housing Crisis

By Christopher Norris | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Mar 24, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

The Baker Administration recently introduced legislation to help address the commonwealth’s housing crisis. Although it appropriately identifies zoning reform as a priority, a key element is missing: specific focus on families with lowest incomes. Here are five additional pieces that could help. 

The Great Salisbury Billboard Race

By Gordon M. Orloff | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Mar 17, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

A Massachusetts regulation stating that no two digital billboards may be erected within 1,000 feet of one another set up a race between competing billboard companies that owned abutting land.

The Time to Act on the Housing Crisis is Now

By Tamara Small | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Mar 17, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

The lack of housing is now approaching crisis level. The number of communities with median prices above $1 million has doubled in the past decade. As a result, the shortage of workforce housing is now a significant threat to our economic growth. 

We’re Still Not Doing Planning Right

By Michael Grove | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Mar 10, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

Even though there is much to fix in the world we are leaving to our children and our grandchildren, I remain optimistic. If there ever were a time in history for the design professions to step up, it is now.

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