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CNBC: No full-time minimum-wage worker can afford a 2-bedroom apartment in any US state
The absolute least that an employer is legally allowed to pay an employee for an hour's work varies across the country, but one fact remains constant: In no state does working 40 hours a week for minimum wage enable a person to rent a median two-bedroom apartment.

Chelsea Record: French Club Comes Down to Make Way for Affordable Housing
After hundreds of athletic banquets, wedding receptions and a whose who list of Chelsea political functions, that history all came tumbling down last Friday when the French Naturalization Club on Spencer Avenue was demolished for affordable housing.

WBUR: Bostonians, Today's The Deadline To Register To Vote In Next Month's Election
Wednesday is the last day Boston residents can register if they want to vote in the city's municipal election on Nov. 7.

CityLab: Experimental City: The Sci-Fi Utopia That Never Was
With solar energy, recycling, computers, and personal mass transit, the 1960s-era Minnesota Experimental City was a prescient and hopeful vision of the urban future. A new documentary tells its story.

Co.Design: Alphabet Inc. Plans A Beta City
Can Alphabet and Sidewalk Labs produce great urban design? Toronto is about to find out.

Chelsea Record: Economic Independence: Chelsea Among Four Housing Authorities to Receive $389,000 in Planning Grants
Lieutenant Gov. Karyn Polito announced a total of $389,000 in planning and predevelopment grants for Housing Authorities in Chelsea, Gloucester, New Bedford and Taunton to pursue implementation of Worcester Housing Authority-pioneered ‘A Better Life’ programming.

WGBH: Senate Promotes Justice Reform; Prepares For Clash With The House
The state House and Senate are headed toward a showdown over how to overhaul the criminal justice system.

CityLab: America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People
A bipartisan plea to stop “othering” those living on the economic margins.

Banker&Tradesman: MassHousing Seizes Opportunity In Low-Interest-Rate Environment
Over the past two years, Massachusetts has preserved more affordable housing units than ever before.

Sampan: Mayor Walsh joins community members to celebrate preservation of 52 units of affordable housing in Fenway
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined representatives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Fenway Community Development Corporation (CDC)…

ChelseaRecord: Chelsea’s Commitment to Industrial Areas Spurs Major Purchases
Residential is king in today’s development world, with developers vying for land to build luxury apartments where previously no one would have even parked their car.

EverettIndependent: Major Property Owner in Village Area Sees Transformation
When Gerry Berberian started buying forgotten industrial land in Everett’s Village area on Air Force Road, not in the furthest reaches of his mind did he ever consider the area could become as popular




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CollegeHumor: The Disturbing History of the Suburbs
Redlining: the racist housing policy from the Jim Crow era that still affects us today.

ChelseaRecord: Improvements:City Awarded $1m Byrne Grant to Help Community Safety on Broadway
The City of Chelsea is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $1 million grant from the US Department of Justice to support community safety improvements.

PolicyLink: In Boston, Momentum Grows for Renters’ Rights
José Velasquez has lived in Boston for the past 28 years. In April 2006, he and his family moved into a 14-unit apartment building on Meridian Street in East Boston.

WNYC: History of Zoning
The first zoning laws were created in New York City 101 years ago.

CommonWealth: Are homes only for the upper-class?
Homeownership has traditionally been a marker of middle-class life, and a tool for vaulting families solidly into the middle class. Sustainable homeownership builds family wealth, and helps stabilize neighborhoods

Metro: Walsh launches efforts to end youth homelessness in Boston
Mayor Marty Walsh announced that Boston is creating an action plan to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Mass Development: MassDevelopment Announces Opening of Second Round of Transformative Development Districts
Through the Transformative Development Initiative, a place-based development program for Gateway Cities, MassDevelopment is soliciting nominations from Gateway City officials and their partners seeking to spur sustained economic development for designated districts in their cities.

Boston Globe: City Offers incentives to encourage landlords to accept homeless tenants
City officials are asking landlords to consider renting apartments to homeless individuals and families, and they’re offering some incentives – or at least a safety net – to those who participate.

Everett Independent: GE Site RiverWalk Work to be Featured in Everett Greenway Meeting
For such a long time, when it came to the GE site on Air Force Road, Everett residents and officials were accustomed to seeing plans on paper that were years away – and perhaps not even possible.

Curbed: East Boston’s major new developments, mapped
East Boston is one of the busiest areas in the Boston region in terms of new development.


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Boston Globe: One Bedroom. No Parking. One Million Dollars.
It seems like just yesterday that the million-dollar home was a mansion. Today, it no longer guarantees parking, outdoor space, or a second bedroom…

CityLab: The NIMBY Fight That Rocked an Iowa City
An uproar over an affordable housing complex in Cedar Rapids gives insight into the NIMBY debates of small-city America.

Federal Reserve: How Do Summer Youth Employment Programs Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes, and for Whom?
Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) are believed to have the potential to improve the behavioral, economic, and academic outcomes of the populations they serve, particularly for inner-city, low-income, and non-white youth.

Boston Globe: $8.5m Loan Fund to Help Nonprofit Developers Buy Affordable-housing Sites
Loan funds will be set aside to help nonprofit builds better compete…

Boston Globe: Homeowners Could Help Ease City’s Rental Crunch
Two new city programs are aimed at helping the city make headway in efforts to create more affordable housing.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize for Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being
Chelsea is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Boston Globe: Council Could Vote to Give Tenants Protections Against Evictions
The City Council is poised Wednesday to adopt regulations that could make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without just cause…


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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.

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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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.

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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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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.


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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.

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.


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Boston Globe: Questions arise about campaign for $1b Union Square overhaul
Dianne Doherty Sullivan doesn’t give out her e-mail address. Ever. And she doesn’t really follow housing and zoning issues in Somerville, where she has lived all her life.

CityLab: Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages
As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.

NYTimes: When Opioid Addicts Find an Ally in Blue
In this college town on the banks of Lake Champlain, Chief Brandon del Pozo has hired a plain-spoken social worker to oversee opioids policy and has begun mapping heroin deaths the way his former commanders in the New York Police Department track crime.

Detroit Free Press: HUD Secretary Ben Carson defends eliminating community block grants
In an AP exclusive interview, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says he expects to release an agenda within the next few months that delivers "bang for the buck," partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration.

The Washington Post: Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state
There is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Thursday documenting the gap between wages and the cost of rental housing.

AZ Central: Phoenix is the nation's 5th largest — but is it a 'real' city?
Phoenix is now the fifth-largest by population. Its land area exceeds New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. The number of people who live here lags those cities, and Houston, but surpasses all others.

National Review: How to Think about Low-Income Housing
Well, raise my rent! Here’s a great big Muppet News Flash from the Washington Post: Average-priced goods are relatively expensive for low-wage consumers.

HousingWire: Affordable housing advocates plan day of action
Affordable housing advocates across the U.S. are coming together to advocate for greater investment in affordable homes and community development.

Chelsea Record: Council Plans Hearing on Broadway Store
In an effort to ramp up the downtown overhaul, City Manager Tom Ambrosino submitted a request to the City Council to hold a hearing and move forward with an eminent domain taking of the Salvation Army Store at 440 Broadway.


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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




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Politico: HUD budget slashes housing programs, drawing protests from advocates
President Donald Trump's administration will seek to slash spending on affordable housing and community development programs, a plan that housing advocates condemned as "immoral" and a blow to voters who sent him to the White House.

New York Times: The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty
Food stamps work. Each month they help feed 43 million poor and low-income Americans, most in families with children and working parents.

CityLab: Is the Urban Renaissance Over?
The suburbs might be growing faster right now, but don’t be glum about the prospects for urban growth and revitalization.

NPR: Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'
When it comes to poor Americans, the Trump administration has a message: Government aid is holding many of them back. Without it, many more of them would be working.

Somerville Patch: Mayor On Assembly Square Affordable Housing: 'We Managed To Do Some Good Deeds'
In a letter, Mayor Curtatone explained the compromise behind granting Federal Realty its waiver for less affordable housing at Assembly.

Smithsonian: The Racial Segregation of American Cities Was Anything But Accidental
A housing policy expert explains how federal government policies created the suburbs and the inner city

Next City: What 120 U.S. Mayors Say About the “State of the City”
From Omaha, Nebraska, to Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., most U.S. mayors’ top concerns during the past year were the usual suspects: economics, housing, infrastructure, healthcare and education, according to an analysis from the National League of Cities.

Chelsea Record: Robert Wood Johnson Team Leaves Chelsea Impressed
Local organizers said the City, its non-profits and its residents left a positive mark on a team of evaluators visiting the city from the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health prize last week.

Revere Journal: Beautification Committee Celebrates 15 Years
It started with the simple idea of addressing problem litter around the city and today, 15 years later, the Revere Beautification Committee (RBC) is making sure Revere looks the best it can.


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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.


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NYT: How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality
An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper middle class.

Chelsea Record: City Schedules Hearing for Strip Club at Zoning Board
A hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for the Phantom Ventures strip club on Beacham Street has been scheduled for next Tuesday, May 9, in City Hall.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Marches on Washington
The Chelsea group travelled by bus from the City to the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, protesters from Chelsea make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue during the march.

NPR: FreshAir--The Color of Law
Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation," in which people of color were purposely excluded from suburbs.

NYT: A Public Overdose. An Antidote at Hand. Would Passers-By Use It?
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Across the country, someone dies of an opioid overdose every 24 minutes. In Massachusetts, the death toll is five people a day.

Chelsea Record: City Officials Claim Victory for Now in Sanctuary City Federal Case
The ruling by a federal judge in California’s 9th Circuit that President Donald Trump’s Sanctuary City executive order is unconstitutional has by extension created a “total victory” for the City in its own federal lawsuit filed in Boston Federal Court – the 1st Circuit.

Chelsea Record: State CPA Contribution Near to Nothing Just as Chelsea Joins In
Just as the City is about ready to name the new Community Preservation Act (CPA) Board members in the next month, the state’s matching fund is at record lows and almost down to nothing.

City Lab: 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.

NYT: Housing Advocates Vow Sustained Protest of de Blasio Aide
For months, protesters hounded Mayor Bill de Blasio at town hall-style meetings and fund-raisers from Manhattan to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., demanding that he shut down New York City’s main jail complex on Rikers Island.

WBUR: Walsh Touts Affordable Housing Development For Downtown Boston
The city of Boston and real estate firm Related Beal on Tuesday announced plans for what they called the city's "first 100% affordable and workforce housing development to be built in more than 25 years."


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Chelsea Record: French Club Project Gets State Funding, Looks Toward Summer Groundbreaking
The Neighborhood Developers (TND) hosted state and City leaders on Tuesday morning, March 28, to announce that they had received critical funding to allow the French Club affordable housing project to proceed to a groundbreaking.

The Atlantic: Who's Following Ben Carson?, that’s who. The HUD secretary’s every move is being closely monitored online by a confederation of housing advocates.

The New York Times: In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear
For years, Tammy and Joseph Pavlic tried to ignore the cracked ceiling in their living room, the growing hole next to their shower and the deteriorating roof they feared might one day give out. Mr. Pavlic worked for decades installing and repairing air-conditioning and heating units, but three years ago, with multiple sclerosis advancing, he had to leave his job.

The Daily Free Press: Baker-Polito Administration allocates funding to affordable housing projects
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Tuesday that the Baker-Polito administration will grant $20 million to affordable housing projects in the state.

City Lab: Drawing Up an Urban Planning Manual for Chicago Teens
The graphic novel No Small Plans aims to empower the city’s youth through stories about their neighborhoods.

WBUR: Suffolk Downs Sale Is Approved
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the pending sale of Suffolk Downs racetrack to a developer.

Revere Journal: Arrigo Signs Contracts with Three Unions
The Mayor and union representatives for the Revere Police Employees Association, the Revere School Traffic Supervisors Union and the Public Works Department have signed and agreed to new labor contracts.

WGBH: Lawrence And Chelsea Fight Trump: A Blueprint For Other Sanctuary Cities?
The gist of the lawsuit is simple: President Trump can't cut or withhold funds appropriated by Congress, without congressional consent.


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Revere Journal: State says ’No’ to Developer
Developers who hoped to build 78 affordable housing units on Mills Avenue have been denied by the state’s MassHousing program.

Bloomberg: Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities
The American Dream increasingly involves a lease, not a mortgage.

Fox: Smoking to be banned in low-income housing nationwide
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has implemented new rules mandating smoke-free policies in all public housing by July 30, 2018.

Chelsea Record: Sledgehammer: Senator Markey uses Chelsea as a Platform against Trump Federal Budget
Standing at a podium at the front of the planning office in the Chelsea Collaborative last Friday, March 17, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey held up a copy of the ‘America First’ federal budget presented from President Donald Trump and said it was a sledgehammer to the heart of Massachusetts.

MassLive: $2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield
The nonprofit Sisters of Providence has been awarded $2.5 million in state and federal funding for construction of a 36-unit housing complex in West Springfield for homeless senior citizens, the Baker-Polito administration announced Tuesday.

SouthCoastToday: YWCA "Under One Roof" project awarded $1M in grants
The roof of the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts got a little bigger Tuesday afternoon.

Chelsea Record: Chelsea Seeks Applicants for Youth Commission
The City of Chelsea is accepting applications for its reestablished Youth Commission. Members of the Youth Commission will advise and assist the City Council, the School Committee, and the City Manager in the development of policies, programs, and delivery of services for the health and welfare of Chelsea’s youth and their families.


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Citylab: Trump's Budget: Expect Reagan-Era Levels of Homelessness
Deep cuts to HUD could exacerbate the nation’s already severe affordable housing crisis.

Boston Globe: The poor fare better in Mass., even though inequality abounds
…providing educational opportunities for all, even guaranteeing affordable housing — Massachusetts is already outperforming most of the nation.

HousingWire: Trump’s budget to defund NeighborWorks America and other housing programs
President Donald Trump officially announced his budget proposal that would, among many other cuts, slash $6.2 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s funding.

MassLive: Massachusetts social service advocates call President Donald Trump's budget a 'war against the poor'
Today, there are around 200,000 poor Massachusetts residents who rely on the federal government to provide heating assistance money so they can heat their homes through the winter.

Inman: Why affordable housing is essential to our economy
Building 100 affordable rental homes generates $11.7 million in local income

CityLab: What Happens When a Poor City Raises Its Minimum Wage to $15?
Baltimore isn’t as economically healthy as Seattle or San Francisco. That can be an argument both for and against its new legislation.



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

CityLab: America's Affordable Housing Shortage, Mapped
If you are among the 11-plus million American households classified as extremely low income, finding a place to live is a tall order, anywhere in the country. No state or large metro has enough units available. But the odds of landing one vary drastically—it’s much higher in Boston, for example, than in Las Vegas.

Chelsea Record: MAPC: If You Build It, Traffic Will Come: Parking Study Reveals That About 25 Percent of Spaces Go Unused in Residential Apartment Buildings
It took a little nighttime surveillance work and the poring over of a lot of data, but a new study from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) of five communities – including Everett and Chelsea – showed that nearly 25 percent of parking space in apartment buildings are not being used.

UnitedWay: Financial coaching changed the lives of these 4 families
The financial coaching model at our financial opportunity centers is empowering and improving the lives of real people in our community.

CityLab: America's Affordable Housing Shortage, Mapped
If you are among the 11-plus million American households classified as extremely low income, finding a place to live is a tall order, anywhere in the country.

RevereJournal: Arrigo Backs Study Calling for HR Department
Mayor Brian Arrigo campaigned on a promise to professionalize City Hall, starting with a human resources department. Monday night Mary Aicardi, of the Collins Center for Public Management, presented a study conducted for the purpose of reviewing the organization of human resources and policies in city government.

WBUR: Report: The Boston Area Is Middling When It Comes To 'Inclusive Growth'
Here around Boston we talk a good deal about how the region is doing fairly well economically — but not so well for everybody.

Banker & Tradesman: Bill To Expand Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Filed
A new bill seeks to expand the Housing Credit by 50 percent and provide new incentives that would allow affordable housing developers to better serve the lowest income families with the greatest needs, including those who are homeless.

NLIHC: Study Shows Massive Shortage of Affordable and Available Housing for Lowest Income Households in America
The GAP: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, a new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), finds a shortage of 7.4 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low income (ELI) renter households, those with incomes at or below 30% of their area median income or the poverty guideline.

MassLive: Ludlow official fears town is going to get 'steamrolled' by low-income housing plan
Town officials are scrambling to get legal advice now that HAPHousing Inc. has applied for a Chapter 40B comprehensive permit to build a low-income housing project in Ludlow.

Apartment Finance Today: Lowest-Income Renters Continue to Face Affordable Housing Shortage
Extremely low-income renter households in the United States continue to face severe housing burdens.

The Nonprofit Quarterly: Corporate Tax Rumors Blunt Affordable Housing Investment
Nobody likes tax season, but affordable housing developers have an extra reason to be anxious this year. After President Donald Trump promised to slash the corporate tax rate, investors are hesitant to buy affordable housing tax credits, leading to a serious dearth of cash for affordable housing developers.



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HarvardGazette: To advance sustainability, fight inequality, researcher says
Unless social and economic inequalities are addressed, sustainability efforts in urban centers will likely stall or never take hold, according to a new Harvard study. This paper.

Boston Globe: In boon for Baker, Mass. ranked best state
U.S. News & World Report handed Massachusetts bragging rights Tuesday. In the publication’s first-ever national ranking of the 50 states, Massachusetts came out as “best,” boosted by strength in education and health care.

CityLab: The Housing Crisis Is a Building Crisis
Construction industry productivity in the U.S. is lower today than it was in 1968—and it won’t pick up unless it can embrace modernization.

Chelsea Record: Non-Attendance:More than 2,000 Students Absent from School on ‘Day Without an Immigrant’
On Wednesday, one day before last Thursday’s (Feb. 16) ‘Day Without an Immigrant’ protest, a fifth grader came up to his principal at one of the elementary schools.

New York Times: Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
WASHINGTON — The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.

SpareChange: HUD 101: Housing Advocates Brace For Changes Under Trump Administration
On Feb. 7, 2017, a small group came together at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain to learn about the change in administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Next City: New Model Could Help Cities Predict Gentrifying Neighborhoods
Run a Google search for “gentrification” and you’ll get thousands of news items and scholarly articles on how urban revitalization risks pushing low-income communities out of cities.

Salon: Could totally scrapping welfare and creating jobs eliminate poverty?
Peter Cove’s new book, “Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and the War on Poverty,” offers a plan to scrap traditional welfare and cash assistance programs. Instead, Cove suggests restructuring anti-poverty programs to prioritize jobs above all else.

Chelsea Record: Roca CEO Speaks in Washington, D.C. about Organization
Chelsea-based Roca Inc. delivered a powerful talk Thursday, Feb. 9, at TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, sharing the story of Roca and how relentless outreach and data can help change the cycle of recidivism in our country.