Weekly Links

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

Chelsea Record: Kickstarting the Heart:Downtown District Coordinator Looks to Launch Events
The bones of downtown Chelsea are discussed often.

Google: What does home look like?
132,383 house drawing made by real people… on the internet

Boston Globe: Somerville Strikes Deal on Assembly Row affordable housing
After a standoff, Somerville officials will allow the developer to build fewer affordable units than city rule requires.

CityLab: California's Legal Assault On NIMBYs Begins
Over 100 bills aim to fix the state’s severe housing crisis, including many that would crack down on developers and communities that aren’t doing their part.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Welcomes Robert Wood Johnson Team Today, Friday
A team of leaders from the City, the non-profit sector and from Mass General-Chelsea were ready to roll out the red carpet on May 18 and 19 as evaluators from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pay a visit to Chelsea to see what makes the town tick.

LA Times: Trump administration appears to ease up on its threat against 'sanctuary cities'
In an apparent retreat on the war against cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has settled on a narrow definition of what it means to be a “sanctuary city,” and limited the potential financial consequences for state and local governments.

StreetBlog: After Boston’s Mayor Blames Crash Victims, Pop-Up Comics Push for Better Bike Lanes
Boston’s latest do-it-yourself bike lane intervention might seem a bit sketchy — because it uses comics to prod City Hall for needed safety improvements.

Revere Journal: City Looks to Partner With New Developers of Suffolk Downs Site
Being billed as the largest development possibly ever on the North Shore when construction begins at the Suffolk Downs property, the project could take 10 or 15 years to be fully developed. Either way the development will have an impact on Revere for the next 50 years.