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Everett Independent: Ending DACA Puts Hundreds of Everett Residents in Unknown Situation
Then last Tuesday came when President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month hiatus to allow Congress to act…

CityLab: High-Paying Jobs Alone Won't Save Big Cities
If cities are going to sell the farm to Amazon, then the proceeds better benefit the entire community, especially those who can easily be left behind.

Chelsea Record: Trump Sends DACA to Congress, Hundreds in Chelsea Vulnerable
Hundreds of young people and families in Chelsea were put on edge Tuesday when President Donald Trump announced he would end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – though with the caveat of keeping it intact for six months to allow Congress to attempt to enact a law.

Boston Globe: As building booms in Chelsea area, rabbis hope for Jewish renaissance
A century ago, the sight of Rabbi Sruli Baron walking through Chelsea in a yarmulke and tzitzit — fringes that symbolize religious obligations in Judaism — wouldn’t have been remarkable.

BuzzFeed: Here's Why People Were Mad When Apple Called Its Stores "Town Squares"
Championing urban, civic values in design — or at least rhetoric — is how the tech industry sells itself to the public.

CityLab: Broadband Is Largely Inaccessible to Those Who Need it Most
Because of high prices and low accessibility, poor and rural communities are the least likely to subscribe to high-speed internet.

99% Invisible: Speculative Urbanism: Must-Read Megacities of Science Fiction & Fantasy
Urban worldbuilding is at the heart a lot of speculative fiction classics.

Revere Journal: Council Approves NECCO Zoning Change
The city council has approved a zoning change for the NECCO property on American Legion Highway opening up the possibilities for hi-tech and robotics companies to be able to come to Revere.

WBUR: Mass. Lawmakers Hear Calls For A Higher Minimum Wage: $15 An Hour
Backers of a drive to gradually boost the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour told a legislative committee on Tuesday that many people who work full time at their jobs still live in poverty and struggle to support their families.

 

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City Lab: Income Inequality Is Making Rent Even Less Affordable
When inequality goes up, so, too, does the rent burden—especially for the lowest income residents.

Next City: Trump’s Dept. of Transportation Nixes “Hire Local” Jobs Idea
President Donald Trump wants to build highways through black communities, but he doesn’t want to hire from them.

NPR: What Does It Take To See Gentrification Before It Happens?
Gentrification of neighborhoods can wreak havoc for those most vulnerable to change.

Boston Real Estate Times: Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.2 Million for Inaugural Community Scale Housing Initiative
BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded the inaugural $2.2 million round of Community Scale Housing Initiative awards, advancing the development and construction of 36 new affordable rental housing units in Arlington, Norwell, and West Tisbury.

Washington Post: Is living in poverty really a ‘mind-set’?
Why is it so hard for Americans who live in poverty to climb out?

Fast Company: Cities Are Guaranteeing Tenants Access To A Lawyer To Help Them Fight Eviction
In eviction cases, 90% of landlords have a lawyer, and 90% of tenants do not. To fight gentrification and displacement, cities are trying to correct that imbalance.

MACDC: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Join the Community Development Partnership for an evening to celebrate the Community Development Partnership - 25 years creating opportunities for people to live, work, & thrive on the Lower Cape.

Forbes: Is America's Housing Too Durable?
Housing in America typically lasts a long time. In 2015, 13% of all housing units were built prior to 1940 and 56% were built prior to 1980—compared to 40% in Japan—according to American Community Survey data.

Chelsea Record: New Outdoor Sidewalk Seating Pioneered with Ciao Market
Outdoor, sidewalk seating in Chelsea was something few ever considered until the owners of Ciao! Pizza and Pasta put together a proposal to have some tables and chairs on the sidewalk in front of their newest venture, Ciao Market, on Broadway.

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New York Magazine: Is Anybody Home at HUD?
A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson

Chelsea Record: Election Ballot Firming Up, Frank Bows Out in Mill Hill
As the City Election ballot is getting confirmed this week, with Nomination Papers having come due on Tuesday, District 3 Councillor Matt Frank announced that he would not run for re-election.

CityLab: Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels
Despite the buoyant economy, the number of hardest-hit households is close to record levels of the foreclosure crisis in 2011.

Boston.com: Massachusetts’ economic boom puts pressure on housing costs
Massachusetts’ booming economy is bringing with it a downside for those looking to rent an apartment or buy a home in the state: soaring housing costs, particularly in the greater Boston area.

Revere Journal: Council Approves Easements for Safe Routes by Garfield School
Monday night, the city council approved numerous easements as part of the Safe Routes to School construction project around the Garfield School.

City Lab: Violent Crime's Toll on Economic Mobility
A new study shows just how much growing up in a violent neighborhood can harm an individual’s economic prospects later in life.

FastCompany: Can Connecting Rent To Income, Not Market Rates, Change The Affordability Of Cities?
Community land trusts–now getting a boost from state funds in New York–have the opportunity to increase affordability in expensive cities and promote development in struggling markets.

Everett Independent: Mayor’s Capital Improvements Plan is Directly Benefitting the Students of Everett
The Keverian School in Everett is undergoing a series of exciting and essential upgrades this summer, thanks to Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s expansive Capital Improvement Plan.

WBUR: City Reports Show Downtown Housing Is Booming, While Outer Neighborhoods See Gradual Growth
Boston is exceeding its housing goals, bolstered by new concentrations of affordable middle-income stock in some of its least affordable neighborhoods, according to two recent city reviews.

Wicked Local: Celebration held for affordable housing funding
State rep. Mike Connolly recently joined rep. Kevin Honan and other state and local leaders to celebrate the announcement of $72 million in housing subsidy and capital funds and $28 million in low-income housing tax credits that will help create or preserve around 1,698 affordable housing units in 25 projects across Massachusetts.

MassLive: Massachusetts affordable housing projects get $72 million: What's coming to your town?
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced $72 million in direct funding and $28 million in state and federal tax credits for 25 affordable housing projects around the state including in Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield.

 

 

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WBUR: Mayor Walsh Touts Success Developing Affordable Housing Units
The city of Boston says it's succeeding in its goal to build more housing as the city grows and people become priced out.

Next City: 6 Ways Affordable Housing Developers Are Fighting NIMBYism
NIMBYism, it seems, never goes out of style. Despite an acute affordable housing crisis in many U.S. cities, getting new homes built for low-income people remains a giant challenge.

Governing: How a Cashless Society Would Harm the Poor
Businesses and governments are going cashless. Anti-poverty advocates say the change is problematic for low-income people, but they disagree on how to solve it.

Everett Independent: Zoning Board Not Buying the ‘No Car’ Concept on Ferry Street
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) remained rather skeptical of a proposal by Andrew Philbin to convert a 20-room lodging house into a brand new apartment building with 20 micro units, but only two parking spots – something that is becoming more and more common as developers lean on the trend of the car-less household.

City Lab: How Cities Are Making the Global Housing Crisis Worse
Nearly 900 million people around the world live in slums, lacking access to adequate water and sanitation or adequate housing.

New York Times: The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis
A full-fledged housing crisis has gripped California, marked by a severe lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families.

Streets Blog: Study After Study Finds Latinos Have a Strong Affinity for Social Biking
Most people find it pleasant to bike with people they know. But there’s growing evidence that Latino Americans are particularly interested in social biking.

NPR: Tech Workers Brace For Seattle's Plan to 'Tax The Rich'
Kate and John Walter see themselves as victims of a housing crisis spawned by Seattle's technology boom — but they disagree whether high tech workers like them also should be the solution.

 

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Boston Globe: In Chelsea, coalition aims to save lives on verge of unraveling
The Chelsea Hub brings together representatives from more than 20 different public and private organizations. It follows a model developed in ...

Chelsea Record: City Will File Another Lawsuit if ‘Sanctuary City’ Legislation Becomes Law
The United States House of Representatives passed an immigration bill in June that includes harsh penalties for self-declared Sanctuary Cities like Chelsea…

Housing Perspectives: Are Home Prices Really Above Their Pre-Recession Peak?
In 2016, national home prices not only rose for the fifth year in a row, they finally surpassed their pre-recession peak in nominal dollars, according to most national measures of home prices.

Co.Design: The Movement To Make Everyone Friendlier–With Urban Design
One woman is on a mission to transform every public bench into a mini community hub

Revere Journal: City Mourns Sudden Death of Bob Haas:Colleagues, Friends Recall Haas Committed to Family and City
City council president and former four-term Mayor Robert Haas Jr. passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, July 2 at a Block Island, Rhode Island vacation spot.

New York Times: Building Boom in Boston Casts Shadows on History and Public Space
Children splashed in a shallow pool in Boston Common as a guide in a tricorner hat led a tour last week, pointing out Revolutionary War sites.

City Lab: An Open Data Hub That Builds Better Citizens
More than 100 American cities host online open data portals brimming with information on crime, housing, transit, traffic, and neighborhood boundaries.

WBUR: Plan Provides Road Map For What Boston Should Look Like In 2030
The city of Boston has released its first citywide development plan in over 50 years.