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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:

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

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.

Break bread, build community!

Back in March,  we held a resident meeting at one of our properties in Revere. It was a joint effort of The Neighborhood Developers(TND) and our property management team Winn Residential, to share building and community updates to our residents . At the end of the meeting a few of our Muslim residents, Fatima and Nadia in particular, approached me about having an Iftar- a breaking of the Ramadan fast within our building.  Immediately, excitement was in the air and other residents were interested in taking part in this event. Over the last 2 weeks, I reached out to those same residents and ask them to help organize an Iftar for the building. In preparation of the event, I myself tried to fast for the Iftar and that is an experience I will have to  share at another time.

This past Saturday, some of our residents at 525 Beach Street pulled together an amazing spread that included chocolate croissants, dates, hard boiled eggs, small meat pies, and harira, - a traditional soup served during Ramadan made up of tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, onions, rice, herbs, meat and spices,  And to wash it all down, we had milk, coffee and Moroccan sweet spearmint tea. Over 15 kids and 12 residents came together to break the Ramadan fast at a little past 8:15pm. The meal was over in less than 20 minutes but we all lingered a few more hours chatting, slowly savoring what remains on our plate and laughing with one another. Here is what Carol Palermo, one of our newest building resident had to say:

“I had a wonderful experience at the Ramadan iftar, I learned a lot about the history of the Ramadan and how the families fast all day. I could not believe all the different foods that were brought by the Moroccan families in the building that prepared the food for the evening. My other thought was how wonderful the parents interact with their children.

I also enjoyed trying the soup.

Thanks for the experience.

Newly energized by the breaking of our fast, we decided to take advantage of living close to the beach, cleaned up our meals, packed up the kids and took a close to midnight stroll to Revere Beach. And that was our first Iftar at 525 Beach. Stay tuned for guest bloggers from our buildings.

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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:

Chelsea Record: Cortell,Avellaneda ask for Airplane Noise Study
There have been fewer frustrating situations lately than the increase in the number, proximity and volume of airplanes coming and going from Logan Airport during the past few months as a project to…

Co.Design: Designing For Social Justice: 4 Lessons From Chicago Architects
Timothy Swanson, leader of CannonDesign’s Chicago practice, thinks architecture can help inequality in the city–but only if it’s part of a broader strategy.

Revere Journal: Councillors Looking to Solve Trash Issues
Motions by Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe about Harry Della Russo stadium got some interest. Keefe put in two motions to bolster patrols for the stadium in the summer time and combat trash.

Everett Independent: Greenway: Envisioning the Malden River of the Future
Once an industrial district, recent local leadership and Brownfield redevelopments are creating momentum to transform the river completely.

JCHS: Our Disappearing Supply of Low-Cost Rental Housing
It’s not an illusion: low-cost rental housing in the US is disappearing. And our 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing report has the numbers to prove it.

Chelsea Record: Council Approves Taking of former Salvation Army Store
The Chelsea City Council logged two votes to authorize taking and the payment for an eminent domain action on the former Salvation Army Store on Broadway – an aggressive move that City Manager Tom Ambrosino has touted for several months.

City Lab: Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone
Contrary to the popular narrative, cities and workplaces with a diverse group of immigrants see higher wages—even for native-born Americans across income levels.

The Hill: Justice Department developing strategies to shut down ‘sanctuary cities’: report
President Trump’s Justice Department is exploring new ways to take down so-called “sanctuary cities” via legal methods, according to a new report.

Chelsea Record: Council Votes to Approve Acquisition of Spencer Triangle
The City Council approved a $90,000 expenditure to buy the triangle piece of land on the Spencer Avenue Extension that has served for parking over the years, but actually was never owned by the City.

Forbes: New Report Marks The Beginning Of The End For 'Fight For $15'
Today, the reason for the Mayor's actions is clearer: A devastating new entry in the University of Washington inquiry details the harm that Seattle's higher minimum wage has caused to the employees it's meant to help.

New York Times: Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors
Michael R. Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics.