We like to describe ourselves as progressive. But will we live up to that and work to expand social services for people who are vulnerable? Or will we decide it’s easier to have the police arrest people or move them along so that we don’t have to see them?
Costly housing prices have extreme negative consequences, including cementing income inequality, harming the environment and reducing quality of life. That is why we won’t paper over disagreements about development for the sake of appearing united.
Harvard is doing solid work solidifying its public image as an institution dedicated to perpetuating institutions. If its leaders wanted to ensure personification as a rich, white, conservative prig puffing on cigars and plotting in a back room, this was a very good week.
No one knows or understands what the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will look like, and fear is growing among 800,000 potentially deportable children and young adults across the United States and 7,800 of these American “Dreamers” locally.
Virtually every City Council candidate has made affordable housing a key part of their platform, but none have given us a concrete plan to get us there. Given the urgency of this crisis, that’s not a viable strategy for preserving the city we know and love.
When his Mount Auburn Street neighbor decided to develop the property abutting the yard, Rob Straus’ first instinct was to defend the tree against any danger a new development might pose.
The housing crisis we face today is not merely a supply problem, and we should eschew absolutist labels such as NIMBY and YIMBY that tend to drive us further apart. Instead, we should work together toward finding creative solutions.
The city’s affordable housing policy over the past 20 years has been disastrous. Family and neighbors are being forced out as developers and investors enrich themselves. This is not sustainable, and drastic action is required to save our community.
The immigrants coming to America now are no different than those who came three generation ago. Yet if Donald Trump had been president in 1895, “Papa” would not have been able to come to America. His Italian-American descendants wouldn’t be here as a result.
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee voted 27-25 to allow horse slaughterhouses to operate on U.S. soil. U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark stood up to protect horses against the greed of business interests, but her vote was not enough.