Walsh focuses on building enough units to soften demand, others call for new tactics
There’s little dispute that Boston faces a housing crisis with rents and housing prices beyond the reach of many of the city’s current residents. Mayor Martin Walsh has been pursuing a strategy of increasing housing production to meet growing need, while City Councilor Tito Jackson, who is challenging Walsh for the mayor’s office, says the city’s strategy falls short of meeting the growing demand for affordable options.
Housing official aims to represent the North End, East Boston, Charlestown
Lydia Edwards brings with her a background of advocacy in areas such as domestic and immigrant workers’ rights and support for residents facing housing crises. Now she looks to advocate for East Boston, Charlestown and the North End on the Boston City Council.
Bostonians marched, rallied against white supremacy
Boston counter-demonstrators made it clear that they intended to send a message against those who would promote racism, white supremacy, white nationalism, neo-Nazism and similar mentalities.
Of 1,737 private-developer-made units, less than 1 percent were in Roxbury
Private firms have been spurred to create almost 1,740 affordable housing units in Boston, thanks to the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy. But less than 1 percent of those units have been built in Roxbury, according to a recent Boston Planning and Development Agency report. These trends could shift as developers turn greater attention to Boston’s outer neighborhoods.
Transit advocates say route extension risks Fairmount Line quality, upgrades
Advocates continuing a long-running bid to bring rapid, frequent service to transit-starved, low-income areas along the Fairmount line fear that the MBTA may undermine planned improvements in favor of providing more options to white suburbanites, starting in 2019.
A man was released from prison last week after spending nearly four decades locked up for a crime that he always maintained he did not commit. Frederick Clay was 16 when he was accused of murder; now, at age 53, he is free. Organizations like the Innocence Program are working to right such wrongful convictions. Proposed legislation could make their work easier
Progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren and moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Baker face off against challengers on the 2018 ballot. A union-backed measure raising income tax on the state’s wealthiest residents also will feature on the ballot, as may proposals providing employees with paid family medical leave and increasing the minimum wage to $15, potentially turning out more voters favorable to Warren. Meanwhile, members of the business community seek to place a sales tax cut on the ballot, which could draw voters favoring Warren’s anti-tax opponents. Baker will have to find a balance and appeal to a blue-state where one-third of voters went to Trump in 2016.
Federal court upholds its 2015 decision
Critics of a police promotional exam scored another point last month when a federal judge ruled that the exam is racially discriminatory. This was the second time U.S. District Court Judge William Young had made that determination.
Plan calls for 60 percent of units to be affordable
Construction begins on a 16-unit condo building at the former Bartlett bus yard, along with a building that will contain 60 rental units as well as a grocery store. By 2032, the full project will provide 323 units.
Institute says state doesn’t account for effects of poverty on test scores
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s system is prone to rank schools based on the resources of the population they serve, rather than on the quality of their instruction and practices, the Fordham Institute asserts. This could have implications for schools selected for turnarounds.