A lot happens in the course of a year in a densely packed city of 110,402 people with high-profile industries, clashing interests and significant class disparities. From the first promises of newly reelected officials to the extinguishing of a massive fire, here’s a run-down.
Low-income housing doesn’t hurt home values in high-cost areas – except in Cambridge and Boston, according to a widely publicized national housing study. A closer look at the research raises questions about how well the finding reflects reality here, though.
The full City Council took long-awaited action on its inclusionary housing ordinance this week, voting unanimously to hold new hearings on raising required affordable housing in new developments to 20 percent as of June 30.
Cambridge Housing Authority Executive Director Gregory Russ, who helped set in motion the largest redevelopment effort in the agency’s history at a time of shrinking government support, is tentatively in line to head the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
The City Council failed to produce a recommendation on an increase in affordable housing at its meeting Tuesday, keeping the matter in committee. The meeting was to be the fifth and final hearing on a proposed increase, but ended without a firm conclusion.
Four Black Lives Matter Cambridge protesters chained themselves to the front door of City Hall at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, kicking off a nine-hour demonstration to protest the lack of affordable housing that ended with their arrests.
A waiting list for coveted rent assistance subsidies reopens Oct. 3 after more than eight years closed to applicants, and now can even be done online. But there won’t be many certificates to hand out, a housing official cautioned when announcing the news.
Developers are scared. The proposed doubling of required lower-priced apartments to 20 percent of a building would ultimately result in fewer affordable units, not more, a coalition of developers told the City Council.
Construction on the Mass+Main apartment complex won’t start in Central Square for another year, but it’s coming with even more housing than expected, with more affordable housing to match.
Public housing officials are encountering unpleasant, expensive surprises as they modernize and rebuild hundreds of apartments with a goal of preserving low-income housing for decades. In some cases, the unexpected discoveries have exhausted contingency funds.