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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

MarketPlace: Investors make a bet to lift Boston-area neighborhood out of poverty
How do you raise the standard of living in the poorest neighborhoods in the country?

CityLab: How Congress's Tax Plans Could Kill a Million Affordable Homes in a Decade
The final tax bill that goes to the White House could have very little effect on housing affordability—or it could gut mechanisms for encouraging it.

Bostonomix: 14 Boston-Area Municipal Leaders Pledge To Increase Housing Production
In a new effort to try to ease the Boston area's high housing costs, 14 municipal leaders are pledging to work together to increase the pace of housing construction throughout the region.

TheAtlantic: The Never-Ending Foreclosure
How can the country survive the next economic crash if millions of families still haven't recovered from the last one?

Curbed: First-time homebuying 101: Tips for buying your first home
All the expert advice and tips you need to prepare for buying your first home.

CityLab: What the Republican Tax Bill Means for Commuters, Renters, and Retirees
The most serious effects of the House and Senate proposals would unfold over years for urban citizens.

Bloomberg: House Tax Bill Threatens to Make Housing Even Less Affordable for Poor
Even before Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on Houston, damaging hundreds of thousands of homes and apartments, affordable housing was already scarce. Because of rising rents, more than 200,000 low-income residents were spending over half their earnings on someplace to live.

UrbanWire: Housing and Housing Finance
America isn’t in a housing bubble, but some cities might be

NewYorkTime: The Great American Single-Family Home Problem
Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.

Chelsea Record: ZBA Approves Eleanor Street Apartment Building
The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a new apartment building project at 25 Eleanor St. on what is currently an industrial building with parking lot.

Jwtintelligence: Can Silicon Valley design the tech-optimized city of the future?
From smart clothing to smart buildings, the latest iteration of technology infiltrating the everyday is smart cities. Tech companies are hoping to become the next urban planner, with two projects announced this year from Google and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

MotherJones: The Republican Tax Bill Would Gut Affordable Housing in America
Nearly a million rental units could be lost in the next decade.

HowHousingMatters: Why Educators, Health Professionals, and Others Focused on Economic Mobility Should Care about Housing
Cities striving to improve residents’ lives often focus on such issues as schools, parks, jobs, or health. Often overlooked is something equally fundamental.

LAWeekly: What Happens When Wall Street Is Your Landlord?
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, Robert Allen returned home from work earlier than usual to discover a guy posting a piece of paper to his front door. The uninvited guest said he worked for the landlord.

BostonGlobe: There’s barely any housing being built in the suburbs
Greater Boston is adding housing at a rapid clip, but really just in Boston and a handful of close-in cities. Most suburban towns aren’t building much at all.

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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

CityLab: Minimum Wage Movement, Meet the Healthcare Debate
With the GOP’s massive restructuring to Medicaid awaiting a vote, low-wage workers need special attention.

Revere Journal: Revere Residents Respond with Outpouring of Help for Fire Victims
McKenna gave thanks to numerous individuals and organizations including the firefighters, the Firefighter Wives group, public works and police department. She noted the assistance from The Neighborhood Developers…

FastCompany: This Is The State Of Small Business Failure In the U.S.
The reasons that companies fail are as varied as the startups themselves, but this analysis of public records and trends reveals several factors.

Everett Independent: Council Declines to Act in Tenant- Landlord Dispute
A tenant and landlord dispute between a property owner on Mystic Street and the business operating at that location, which has ended up in court, nearly spilled over into the City Council Monday night after Councilor John Hanlon asked his colleagues to revoke the business license on a technicality.

Chelsea Record: Time to Stop Playing Nice with MassPort, FAA, Residents Say
As around 40 residents assembled at the Williams School Monday night on a beautiful summer evening, their greetings to one another and their conversations had to be

CityLab: Why Is the Alt-Right So Angry About Architecture?
Conservatives have long opposed Modernism, but in the video age, avant-garde buildings can become potent symbols in the hands of groups like Infowars and the NRA.

New York Times: Program to Spur Low-Income Housing Is Keeping Cities Segregated
A mural on the wall of an elementary school here proclaimed, “All the world is all of us,” but the hundreds of people packing the auditorium one night were determined to stop a low-income housing project from coming to their upscale neighborhood.

CO.Design: This AI Can Predict How Rich Your Neighborhood Is From Space
The patterns we use to organize ourselves in cities are visible to machines–and in a way that can predict the quality of our lives.

Washington Post: Wealthy D.C. residents blame wealthy D.C. residents for city’s spiking housing costs, poll finds
A surprising constituency agrees with critics of Washington’s gentrification that wealthy newcomers are driving housing prices through the roof: wealthy newcomers.

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Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

CityLab: For Renters, the Housing Crisis Never Ended
Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing report reveals exactly where, and why, the rent is too damn high.
- JCHS of Harvard: THE STATE OF THE NATION’S HOUSING 2017

DorchesterReporter: Neighborhood Homes Initiative settling in
Moving into the grey and white house marked a new stage in the life of 24-year-old Renee Omolade. She had closed on the home on April 24, four days before her son was born, and a month later she stood on the porch in the bright sunshine holding him as city leaders and media milled around outside.

Boston Globe: In Everett an immigrant with plans to shake up city politics
Politics in Everett have long been the domain of white men, even as the demographics of the city have changed dramatically.

Washington Post: Poverty really is the result of a state of mind — among rich people
Recently, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said that poverty is a state of mind, and having the right mind-set will let people escape poverty. He was both right and wrong. There is a poverty mind-set we should discuss, but it’s not the one Carson lamented.

ChelseaRecord: ZBA Approves Winnisimmet Lounge by Ciao
The Chelsea Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a special permit and variances that pave the way for the newest culinary advancement in the City – with the owners of Ciao Pizza and Pastas moving forward to open a small plate lounge that will serve alcohol and gourmet foods.

RevereJournal: Taft Street Fire Leaves 18 Homeless:Early Morning Fire Destroys Two Homes; Neighboring Structures Sustain Damage
A four-alarm fire broke out on Taft Street Tuesday morning around 4:15 a.m. in the same neighborhood hit by a tornado in 2014 leaving 18 people homeless.

RevereJournal: Fall Election Looks to be More Active than in Previous Years
So far it looks like election races are heating up for councillors in Revere and for the School Committee as well.

 

Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

City Lab: The Dramatic Health Disparities Between Rich and Poor Americans
When it comes to unequal health outcomes, the U.S. is outranked only by Portugal and Chile, a new study finds.

Chelsea Record: City May Try to Take Salvation Army Store by Eminent Domain
The Salvation Army Store on Broadway closed earlier this month, and the City said this week that it is seriously considering taking the property by eminent domain due to it being a blight on the city and for public policy purposes.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Public Library Wins NASA@ My Library Grant
The Chelsea Public Library announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a grant from NASA and the American Library Association called NASA@ My Library.

Revere Journal: One Beach to Receive LEED Certification
The Neighborhood Developers announces that it expects to receive LEED certification for its housing development One Beach, located in downtown Revere. LEED is a nationally recognized standard for sustainable development, created by the U.S. Green Building Council, to honor buildings of different types and uses that are designed to meet criteria for sustainable design.

Revere Journal: Suffolk Downs New Owner Lays Out Development Plan
Former Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Director Thomas O’Brien’s development firm HYM announced it has closed on its purchase of Suffolk Downs last Friday.

Landor: Branding for buildings: Name your building before the public does
Traditionally, Londoners have had a rocky relationship with the city’s skyscrapers and tall buildings; with nicknames like the Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie, and Trellis, it’s little wonder why.

Curbed: America’s declining mobility has millennials feeling stuck
Why Americans are moving less, and why that’s a big deal for housing and economic opportunity