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The Rent Control Debate is a Red Herring

Mar 31, 2019 | Reprints

As frightening as the prospect of a rent control proposal on Beacon Hill may be to some the issue is a red herring that threatens to distract everyone from efforts to get Gov. Charlie Baker’s Act to Promote Housing Choice passed as soon as possible.

A Complex Recipe for Housing Financing

A Complex Recipe for Housing Financing

By Tracy Corley | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Mar 24, 2019 | Reprints

Unlike in Boston’s red-hot real estate market, the market-rate units in Gateway Cities cannot cross-subsidize affordable units due to relatively low rents.

Plan JP/Rox Looks Like a Noble Failure

Mar 24, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

A plan intended to let one of Boston’s last affordable neighborhoods along the southern end of Washington Street and the Orange Line grow without displacing current residents instead created an incentive structure where developers can’t build the volume of affordable units needed to keep rents in check.

FTC Proposes Federal Cybersecurity Standards

By Ben Giumarra | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Mar 24, 2019 | Reprints | Unlock Link

If adopted, the FTC’s new cybersecurity standards would cause significant disruption to entities subject to the its jurisdiction, just as the New York requirements disrupted entities operating in that state.

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. 

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