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Council President Wants to See More Community Involvement in As-Of-Rights Projects

March 30, 2018
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After an as-of-right project slipped by without any community feedback, City Council President Andrea Campbell has some questions on how these projects are zoned, and why there is no public process. Councilor Campbell called for a hearing to discuss the review process for as-of-right zoning projects, particularly with regards to previously rejected applicants at...
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Walsh Withdraws His Ordinance Regulating Short-Term Rentals

March 23, 2018
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Mayor Martin Walsh withdrew his ordinance regulating short-term rentals in the City of Boston arguing that more time is needed to ensure that the City enacts the best and most effective policies. The announcement came at the Boston City Council’s hearing on Wednesday, March 21 when a letter from the Mayor’s Office was read...
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AirbnbWATCH Raises Questions on Price-Gouging Surrounding Marathon Monday

March 23, 2018
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AirbnbWATCH, an affordable housing advocate and watchdog group known to be backed by the hotel industry, released a report last week that shows significant price gouging by Boston Airbnb hosts for rentals during Boston Marathon weekend. But, after a closer look, the report that shows only ten listings with some over $2,000 per night...
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1000 Boylston St Gets Approval from Key City Agency, Despite No On-Site Affordable Housing

March 23, 2018
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A new, mixed-use retail and residential tower slated to fill in the hole looking down to the Massachusetts Turnpike along Boylston Street in the Back Bay got key approval from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board, despite not having on-site affordable housing. The decision was made during the monthly BPDA board meeting...
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Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association Examines Parking Survey

March 23, 2018
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Members of the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association (CSANA) are taking on the large issue of parking in their neighborhood with the goal to find solutions small and then bring it to the wider South End neighborhood and then to Boston. After issuing a parking survey amongst residents, CSANA asked residents what their experience...
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Community Preservation Forum Visits the South End

March 23, 2018
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Members of the community filed into the Villa Victoria Center on West Newtown Street to learn about the Community Preservation program and how one can identify and apply for project funds. The Community Preservation Director Christine Poff and the new Director of Community Relations Thadine Brown were on hand to solicit input and participation...
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Safety Improvements are Coming Soon to Columbus Avenue

March 23, 2018
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Along Columbus Avenue in Lower Roxbury and the South End, bicycles and residents are elated to hear that safety improvements are coming to the highly commuted traffic corridor. The Boston Public Transportation Department (BTD), announced the safety improvements, including a parking-protected bike lane that will run down Columbus Avenue from Melnea Cass Boulevard to...
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Park Plaza Urban Renewal Zone May Be the First to Go

March 16, 2018
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Known for being home to Emerson College, the Four Season Hotel, the Chinatown Trade Building and a vibrant theatre culture, the Park Plaza Urban Renewal area has been turned around over the past decade into a vibrant downtown area of Boston. This Urban Renewal Area might be the first zone that the city will...
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Working Group to Examine Public and Private Sewer Lines in the City of Boston

March 16, 2018
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Across some of the neighborhoods in Boston, private alleys that abut commercial and residential properties have sewer lines and infrastructure with some dating back to the mid-1800s. When needed maintenance is required, the cost of repairs is put on the owners who have to pool the money together from the abutting neighbors, and not...
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Stop Child Predators Seeks Removal of Commercial Investors in Short-Term Rentals

March 16, 2018
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Stop Child Predators, a nonprofit organization that combats the sexual exploitation of children and represents and protects victims national wide is asking Boston City Councilors to help strengthen Mayor Martin Walsh’s short-term rental ordinance by removing provisions that allow for commercial investors. The non-profit organization believes the short-term ordinance is a strong first step...
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