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Weekly Links

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

Wicked Local: Somerville community groups host ‘Day of Deluge’
Mayor Joseph Curtatone responded to a number of phone calls and Facebook posts last week, all urging him to take a stance in regards to FRIT’s affordable housing waiver request. The mayor said he would remain neutral.

Boston Curbed: Revere home prices range widely right now
Homes in Revere currently average $239 a square foot, according to an analysis of market-rate listings from real estate research site NeighborhoodX.

Revere Journal: Residents Concerned about Bellevue Ave Development
Citing an issue of parking, traffic and other concerns, neighbors of a proposed development at 5 Bellevue Ave., told city councillors that the size of the development was too big for the neighborhood.

Chelsea Record: Parking Restrictions in Cary Square Bring Drama to the Council
Urging the utilization of a little-used stipulation in the City Charter, a former city councillor asked the Council on Monday night to reverse the decision of the Traffic Commission in adding two-hour parking signs along Washington Avenue in Cary Square.

Wicked Local: Affordable housing for Watertown seniors is lacking
Watertown has about 1,000 affordable housing units per the state’s Subsidized Housing Inventory, or about 6.5 percent of the town’s housing stock, according to Jen Van Campen, executive director of Metro West Collaborative Development.

Boston Globe: Developers buy Necco site in Revere
But big changes also could be coming to where Necco currently cranks out its candies, seven miles away in Revere. Development firms Atlantic ...

NPR: Affordable Housing Program Costs More, Shelters Fewer
On the south side of Dallas, Nena Eldridge lives in a sparse but spotless bungalow on a dusty lot. At $550 each month, her rent is just about the cheapest she could find in the city.

The Washington Post: The nation's capital forfeits millions in affordable housing funds as homelessness surges. Why?
Driving into the nation’s capital along New York Avenue reveals an American social smash-cut.

Chelsea Record: New Application: ZBA says Strip Club is ‘Concert Hall,’ Club Will Go Back to Federal Court
Seth Daniel In a highly-anticipated meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) took on the Phantom Ventures strip club matter once again – after having it remanded back to the Board from a Federal Court judge – and decided that the venture should re-apply as a concert hall/theatre. After about one hour of...

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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: Unconstitutional: City Files Federal Suit Against Trump Administration’s Executive Order to Potentially Defined Sanctuary Cities
The City of Chelsea, in conjunction with the City of Lawrence, filed an eight-count federal lawsuit in Boston Federal Court on Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, calling for the court to declare unconstitutional the Executive Order penned by President Donald Trump regarding stripping federal grant funding from Sanctuary Cities like Chelsea.

Revere Journal: News Briefs: TND CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY
The Neighborhood Developers (TND) is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing VITA services to Chelsea and Revere.

Revere Journal: Arrigo Targets Future Of Wonderland in State of City Address:Calls for More Input in City Processes by Residents; Technology and Professionlism Highlighted
Mayor Brian Arrigo offered hope and a clear direction for the City Monday night during his State of the City address in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Boston Globe: Group pushing on an array of issues, not just affordable housing
THE ARTICLE “Affordable housing groups want in on Preservation Act” (Metro, Feb. 12) mischaracterizes the implementation of the Community Preservation Act in two significant respects. First, it describes the Yes for a Better Boston committee as a coalition of affordable housing advocates.

The Atlantic: This Month in Urbanism: February 2017
A sampling of city-focused events around the world. This month: urban agriculture in Atlanta, the complexity of street networks, and how to love a city in the snow.

Yahoo: NeighborWorks Training Institute in Seattle will attract 1,600+ community-development professionals, nearly $3 million in economic impact
A nearly $3 million boost is coming to the Seattle economy when more than 1,600 community-development professionals from around the country convene in the city for the NeighborWorks Training Institute.

Housing Finance: NeighborWorks’ Nonprofits Invest Nearly $2.4 Billion in Rental Housing
NeighborWorks America’s network of local nonprofit organization invested more than $2.38 billion into the development and preservation of affordable rental housing during the last fiscal year.

Boston Globe: Affordable housing advocates crave bigger slice of CPA revenue
After Bostonians overwhelmingly voted for the Community Preservation Act, a small property tax increase aimed at improving neighborhoods, a new battle is taking shape — over the committee that will decide how that nearly $20 million in new revenue will be spent.

Boston Globe: Chelsea, Lawrence challenge Trump on sanctuary cities
The cities of Lawrence and Chelsea filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston Wednesday challenging President Trump’s executive order that would strip funding for so-called sanctuary cities, calling the proposal an unconstitutional penalty for local governments that have sought to build trust with their immigrant communities.

City Lab: Trump Can Now Re-Create the Housing Crisis That Got Him Elected
By dialing back Dodd-Frank regulations, President Trump exposes the nation to another financial catastrophe—a sequel to the housing crisis that helped him win the election.